Academy Trust chosen behind closed doors

THE DECISION to pair up a failing school with an academy trust has been made behind closed doors.

Waltham Holy Cross school will be run by the Net Academies Trust (NETAT), an email from regional schools commissioner Sue Baldwin to a parent revealed last week.

When the Waltham Abbey based school was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors in March, its future conversion into an academy was sealed under Department of Education rules.

While many parents found the judgement hard to swallow and felt it did not reflect the good work of recently appointed headteacher Erica Barnet, the swift appointment of the academy trust – behind closed doors – left them reeling.

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