Parents protest over revival of academy plan

Protestors outside Tidemill Primary School. Photo: Leila Galloway

Angry parents have staged a protest outside a Deptford school, as part of a campaign against plans to apply for academy status.

The protest outside Tidemill Primary School yesterday came following the disclosure that the school was planning on renewing its application for academy status. Its original application for academy status was withdrawn last November after facing fierce opposition from parents.

A letter from the governors at the school, released last Friday, stated that they were willing to apply for academy status and that they hoped “discussion with parents can respect in a respectful way.”

Leila Galloway, mother of two pupils at Tidemill and leader of the “Deptford Says No” campaign criticised the school: “Governors were forced to withdraw their original application following a parental challenge about the lack of information and the misinformation provided,” she said.

“Yet this time the school has paid for a consultant to produce a document which still shows no clear case of the benefits for academy conversion.

“I am deeply disappointed that the governors are considering this proposal again and at a loss to why they want to push this through when so many parents and the local community object,” she added.

A spokesperson for the Lewisham branch of the National Union of Teachers backed the campaign: “The financial analysis placed on the school website is highly questionable and we will be writing to governors to explain how it falsely exaggerates the financial benefits to the school in becoming an academy.

“It is certainly of no benefit to education as a whole, just helping the Government to push through its agenda of privatising public services,” they said.

Two meetings are planned with parents so the school can explain its position,  one which is taking place this evening and another on  Saturday morning.

Tidemill were not available for comment.

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  1. Bruno Sanhueza March 28, 2011

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