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Royal Docks campaign shipwrecks academy plans

Issue No. 2157

Anti-academies campaigners in Newham, east London, have won a major victory after the local council confirmed that a planned academy, to be sponsored by Ark, will not be going ahead.

The result is an important step forward in the fight against academies.

But the local authority may now try to transform the Royal Docks Community School into a National Challenge Trust instead of an academy, which would also remove it from local control.

The abandonment of the academy plans comes after a mass campaign by the Newham Anti-Academies Alliance coupled with industrial action by workers at the school.

NUT and NASUWT union members at the school took two days of successful strike action against the plans.

Activists also held three public meetings, leafleted parents at local schools and homes in the area and lobbied the local authority and the mayor.

Keith Turner, the NUT rep at Royal Docks Community School and co-chair of Newham Anti-Academies Alliance, said, “The campaign illustrates that resistance can have an impact, and can be successful.

“The Ark academy has been sunk and the essential aim has been accomplished.

“This step forward is of benefit to all other secondary schools in Newham as the academy bandwagon has been halted.”

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Tue 23 Jun 2009, 18:19 BST
Issue No. 2157
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