Save Downhills School campaign statement
On Friday Ofsted announced that they had placed Downhill School in special measures. Michael Gove has identified 200 schools, of which he says Downhills is one, that he says are ‘underperforming’ and should be turned into academies.
The Save Downhills School group have run a determined campaign to save their school and prevent it becoming an academy.
They have released the following statement:
“We are shocked to find that our school has been judged so harshly by Ofsted. It is clear from the parents’ responses to the Ofsted questionnaire that those who know the school have a very different and more positive view of Downhills School.
“We care about our school and want the very best education for our children. There is no evidence that forcing schools to become academies improves standards. The government wants to take schools away from elected local authorities and hand them over to academy chains – including for profit companies – who have no experience of running primary schools. This is not about school improvement; this is a politically driven attack on our school.”
On a positive note, our year 3 children have won a national photo competition and their work will be displayed in the National Gallery from 9 May to 15 September ’12.
Also, our campaign very much continues – we do not believe that forced academy status is a solution to our current situation. We wish to continue our school improvement within the local family of schools. So we very much still say – NO to forced academies.”
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