Our Local Authority is closing 3 schools to form one academy (no news there then). This goes against all consultation held (poor that it was), together with the poor appointment of the new Principle on £135,000 (amazing link about him in Yesterdays Daily Mail ).
The town is in uproar, but yet the sponsors are standing by him (all the sponsors are colleges, University to boost their numbers, i.e. Diploma's etc.)
What I want to know is, has any planned/initiated Academy fallen through as a result of parent/teacher protests. The Academy is being rushed through even quicker than the appalling Richard Rose farce in Carlisle, and this can only be worse!
Anybody have any ideas as no-one is listening. Even the local paper is staying quite as the Editor is a Governor of one of the sponsors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The ironic thing is, the Academy is planned for 2 sites????? Basically closing one school (which hardly has any kids in, who could be absorbed in local schools anyway). So there is no need to build 2 new academies, just refurbish the two when BSF gets here in 2017
I saw The Daily Mail article on the Principal. He's used to teach at our school a fair few years ago.
Not heard of any successful protests against an Academy.
IF there are serious issues then co-ordinated action from staff, students and parents would be the way to go. If the local press are staying clear - go for the local TV / radio.
Ofsted don't like split site schools / academies and generally they don't work as they are harder to manage. I'm suprised that the DCSF would accept a split site proposal in the first place!
Originally Posted by KWestos
We here were being fastracked to Academy status - but there was a prolonged and vigorous reaction from parents - at the moment it has been deferred for a year - though not sure whether this was down to parent pressure or the quality of the bid.
We are an academy..have been for a few years now. Very little seems to have changed, except for the moving of the school to a new custom building, happening this summer.