Tredworth parents write to Michael Gove in bid to derail St James School Academy plans

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PARENTS in Tredworth have written to education’s top dog in a bid to derail plans to turn St James CofE Junior School into an academy.

The Upton Street school was placed in special measures in September after a damning report by education watchdog Ofsted which criticised pupils’ achievement and teaching standards.

The Government requires every school which goes into special measures to become a sponsored academy – but this has not sat well with parents.

They feel there was not enough consultation with them before the decision was made.

Now they have formed an action group called Save St James and have taken their argument straight to the top.

Spokesman Emma Larkman said: “We have complained to the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove and the chairman of governors Reverend Pat Gifford.

“We don’t believe there has been a proper consultation regarding the conversion of our school to become an academy and have seen no documents relating to this.”

Mrs Larkman claims communication between the school and parents has been poor with only notifications in the newsletter, which she believes few parents read.

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