Hi, This contact is a bit late primarily because I had no idea that our school had applied for Academy status. About a year ago parents received a letter from school telling us that the Governors were thinking about possibly becoming an Academy and asking us what we thought about it. I replied to the letter stating clearly what I thought about the idea but apparently very few parents replied. This is not surprising really when most people have little idea as to what Academies are, other than it sounds ‘posh’. Yesterday parents received a letter from the Governors saying that the school was becoming an Academy on the 1st August.
Nobody knew anything about an application or any details. It was kept completely secret from parents and students. I have written to the Governors on the issue and I have contacted the local press who knew nothing about the proposal and I contacted the Director of Children’s Services who new about the application but was opposed to it.
Can the Governors, do this without any consultation process? Don’t they have to consult and inform and at least hold a meeting?
I can’t remove my son from the school because he is just finishing year ten and is half way through his GCSE’s. Also there isn’t another 6th form in the area.
What can those opposed to the decision do?