Parents at a ‘failing’ primary school say they are “ecstatic” after its governors rejected a sponsor chosen by the government to turn it into an academy.
Twydall Primary in Gillingham, Kent was put into special measures last year after an Ofsted inspection.
The government wanted it to become an academy under the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) but 89% of parents voted against the plan.
The government said becoming an academy was the best way to improve the school.
“I am absolutely ecstatic,” said parent Amy Dodd.
“I couldn’t be happier. We are a very unique school and we need a very unique sponsor.”
Parents Against Twydall Takeover (PATT), said it believed the school would become an academy but did not feel TSAT was the right sponsor.
The governors of the school said they had decided not to progress with TSAT as a sponsor but thanked it for taking part in the consultation.
See BBC story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-31491251
and Kent online: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/governors-vote-no-to-academy-31937/