Protesters occupied the lobby of Sovereign Capital on Wednesday of last week, in protest at plans to turn Pimlico School in south London into an academy.
Sovereign Capital is the private equity company founded by tycoon John Nash that wants to sponsor the academy.
Westminster council, despite three consultations that have shown overwhelming opposition, is pushing ahead with the plans. It voted at a meeting on Monday of this week to allow the academy to go ahead.
Georgina Schueller is a parent who joined the protest. She told Socialist Worker, “I’ve been very happy with the quality of education at Pimlico.
“Westminster council has said that the only way we can get money for improvements to the school is if it is turned into an academy. It’s blackmail.
“Academies often offer more ‘vocational’ qualifications. They are easier to pass but not worth as much.
“It makes academies look like they’re getting good results but is nothing to do with giving children a better education.”
Dave Gay, an NUT member and former teacher at Pimlico, said, “The best way to beat academies is for teachers to take strike action to stop them.”