TWO Bicester schools will be the first in the town to convert to academy status.
Cooper Secondary School and Glory Farm Primary School will become Bicester Learning Academy from July 1.
It comes months after the schools, which formed Bicester Federation of Learning in 2012, were granted permission by the Government last year.
A consultation was launched last November and this week the proposals to opt out of local authority control were approved by both school governing bodies.
The academy has been registered at Companies House as a charitable company, and is aimed at promoting education for public benefit.
Cooper’s headteacher Ben Baxter said it was the right move for the schools and protected funding to provide quality education.