Parents at a local primary school have set up a blog to voice their concerns about plans for it to become an Academy.
The Ask St Joseph’s Parents group (askstjosephsparents.wordpress.com) is concerned that the community of St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School on Selly Oak road have not been adequately consulted or given all the facts about academy conversion as part of a Multi Academy Company.
In an email to bournvillevillage.com they said: “we demand an open and democratic consultation based on full and unbiased information, a public meeting with speakers for and against and a community vote.”
The group have written an open letter has now been sent to the School’s Interim Executive Board and the current leadership team. It claims that the school has not met its obligatory responsibility to adequately inform and consult with stakeholders about the Academy plans.
There is also a petition which has in excess of 50 signatures.
At the end of last year the school went into special measures after receiving an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted. having previously been rated as ‘Good’.
The Ofsted report labelled the school’s leadership and management as inadequate: “because leaders, managers and governors have not acted swiftly enough to improve teaching and address the decline in attainment in Key Stage 1.”
Since then the school has undergone a series of management changes including losing its headmistress and several teachers. A new headmistress is due to start in September.
The school draws pupils from Bournville, Kings Norton and further afield and has a single class intake each year.
The school is part of a consortium of catholic schools which intend to join a Catholic Multi Academy Company.