Campaigners have won a significant victory in Deptford, south east London. Governors at Tidemill primary school are to withdraw their application to become an academy after campaigners exposed flaws in the proposal.
The school estimated that it would cost £60,000 to pay for extra services normally provided by the local education authority (LEA) in state schools. The Department for Education’s estimate is £78,000, while the LEA’s is over £229,000.
Solicitors acting for parent campaigner Leila Galloway say the application would be subject to a judicial review if it went ahead. The shift will be a boost to everyone fighting for comprehensive education.