One of Birmingham’s most improved schools has become an academy, months after its head teacher claimed its application had been the subject of "political games".
Perry Beeches School in Great Barr will now be officially known as Perry Beeches the Academy after moving out of local authority control.
Head teacher Liam Nolan said the application had been "dogged" by problems and last September accused the then Tory-Lib Dem led Birmingham City Council of slowing down his school’s efforts to convert to academy status.
The claim was denied by the authority, which said it had "always supported" the school’s conversion.
Mr Nolan is credited with transforming the fortunes of Perry Beeches, which was threatened with closure just five years ago amid poor exam results and has since gone on to be named "most improved" school in the country.
He said he was "delighted" the school had become an academy.
"This has been an horrendous struggle with so many obstacles put in our way," he said.
"Luckily, we have amazing parental support and a staff team who have kept their eyes on students’ and their attainment so we know exam results will not suffer."
Education Secretary Michael Gove offered the school a chance to become an academy in September 2010 after GCSE exam results soared from just 21 per cent including maths and English.
Mr Nolan claimed there was a "lack of support" from the previous Tory-Lib Dem authority, and last summer resigned from the authority’s School Improvement Board, saying he had "no faith" in its ability to lead Birmingham schools.
The claim was strongly refuted as "totally inaccurate" by then-council education chief Coun Les Lawrence, who insisted the authority worked to "give young people the education they deserve".
A council spokesman said that the authority had "always supported" the school’s conversion to academy status and had "tried to resolve outstanding issues to the satisfaction of all parties."