130 parents, staff, pupils and supporters were at the Save Montgomery School public meeting in Sparkbrook, Birmingham on Thursday 26th January.
The speakers at the meeting were Javed Khan from the Montgomery parents campaign, Roger Godsiff MP, Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary, Brian Cookson NASUWT national treasurer, Roger Jenkins GMB, Richard Hatcher from the Alliance Against Birmingham Academies. Every speaker who talked about the school belonging to the community, not Gove or the LA or the headteacher was well received. Speakers pointed out that the GCSE results make it clear that academies are not proven to succeed, and that they are entirely untested in primary schools.
The speakers congratuled the parents campaign for their work so far, including handing in a 700 strong petition. The staff at the school have talen 2 days of strike action against the proposed academy.
There was a lively debate following the speakers. Speakers from other schools argued that the LA had failed the community and they wanted their school to become an academy. Parents and campaigners responded by pointing out that the community representation on the school governing bodies will be reduced and that many academy governors have no previous relationship with the school.
The campaign at Montgomery school is far from over and parents and campaigners left the meeting determined to save Montgomery school.
Video of the rest of the speeches is being uploaded