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Norlington School trust conversion ‘deferred indefinitely’

Issue No. 2180

Campaigners celebrated this week after plans to turn Norlington School for Boys in Waltham Forest, east London, into a private Trust school were deferred indefinitely.

Norlington school would have been combined with George Mitchell school to form one Trust school run by the Institute of Education (IoE).

But governors at George Mitchell school voted unanimously not to go ahead with the Trust plans at a meeting on Wednesday of last week.

Nevertheless Waltham Forest council has said that irrespective of the governors decision, it still wants to push ahead with its Trust school plans.

Trust schools are privately run and are outside local authority control, removing any democratic accountability.

NUT union members at Norlington school have struck three times against the plans and UCU union members at the IoE have joined the campaign. Many parents are also against the plans.

Activists must continue the campaign to make sure that the trust does not go ahead.

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Tue 1 Dec 2009, 18:34 GMT
Issue No. 2180
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