Bournville School abandons Academy plans

Campaigners are claiming success after Bournville School & Sixth Form Centre said they will not be proceeding with its plans to convert to an Academy. In a letter to parents the School said that it wasn’t ready for “such a significant change.”

The decision came after teachers threatened strike action and the Headteacher Barbara Easton withdrew her support for the conversion. The school thanked parents for contributing to their consultation but said that “following a Governing Body meeting on 12th October the decision was made not to proceed with Academy Status for the time being.”
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The campaign group ‘Hands Off Bournville School’ reported that the Governors voted by an overwhelming majority at that meeting to postpone consideration of Academy status until after September 2012. NUT and NASUWT members had suspended imminent strike action on the understanding that Governors would review their position at the meeting.

The parent-led campaign group ‘Hands Off Bournville School’ has been fighting Academy conversion since June. As we reported then, there had been frustration at the manner with which the school had conducted its consultation with parents.

In a statement the group said: “parents’ concerns have centred on a lack of democratic accountability, the lack of demonstrable educational benefits, loss of support from the local authority and unsatisfactory consultation.”

The group claim that teachers and staff have been overwhelmingly opposed to Academy status and welcomed this as the right decision for Bournville, describing themselves as “over the moon.”