Otley Prince Henry’s school in Leeds converted to an Academy on 1st December despite massive sustained opposition from all stakeholders at the school.
The teachers who were members of NASUWT and NUT had 6 days of strike action over 3 weeks.
During this time a public meeting was organised by Otley Town Council on 22nd November. This was held in the Parish Church and was attended by 260 parents, pupils, ex-governors, teachers and members of the community. There were unanimous opposition to the school converting to an academy.
It was agreed to challenge the decision to convert on a number of fronts.
It was agreed to; send a deputation to the DFE to see Michael Gove, a deputation to the Chair of Childrens services, there were unanimous votes of no confidence in the Chair of the Governing Body and the Headteacher (with a few abstentions) and a march around the town was planned for Saturday 26th November.
On the Saturday about 350 people assembled at the school gates, marched around the town with much support along the way from local residents, a rally was then held on a local sports ground.
The parents have continued each day this week with a picket at the school gates.
On the day of conversion about 50 parents and sixth form students assembled at the gates all dressed in black and wearing gags to show how they have not had a voice in the process. Despite all this opposition from all sectors of the community, the school still converted on 1st December.