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Mass opposition to west London academy conversion

by Stefan Simms
Issue No. 2291

A monster meeting took place in a west London school last night (Tuesday) after a threat to force it to become an academy.

The 100-strong meeting at Petts Hill primary school was organised by parents, who built the meeting with leafleting sessions and phone rounds.

Petts Hill doesn’t have many children, so this is an incredible turnout.

The meeting voted unanimously that governors at the school should make no decision on the academy plans until a full ballot of parents has been held.

Petts Hill isn’t a failing school.

In February last year schools inspectorate Ofsted wrote to the headteacher following an inspection. It said, “The quality of teaching throughout the school has improved so that most is now good and some is outstanding.”

It added, “The headteacher and senior leadership team have a clear focus on improving outcomes for pupils and are well placed to ensure the current rate of improvement is sustained.”

The headteacher and governors oppose the idea of Petts Hill becoming an academy. And teachers, in the NUT and ATL unions, are holding an indicative ballot for strikes against the plan.

Governors are set to meet tomorrow (Thursday), and parents plan to lobby the meeting from 6.30pm.

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Wed 22 Feb 2012, 15:54 GMT
Issue No. 2291
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