Victory at West Heath Primary School

27 Sep

On your bike Mr. Gove

Last night, a representative of the Local Authority told the parents that as the schools results had gone up, the academy bid would be halted. All the details are not yet clear; it may be that this is a temporary victory and the DfE mounts a counter-attack. But we can still savour the moment. The academy bulldozer has been stopped. The school, pupils and staff will stay with the Local Authority and not be handed over to a private sponsor. We can expect to see the back of the most recent one, Oasis, a group Evangelists.
 There are several points to bear in mind here.
 It was the Governing Body, including the Head Teacher, that signed up to an intent to convert to an academy late last year. They should issue an apology for their bowing to DfE pressure and keeping the parents in the dark for so long. There should be fresh elections to this body.
 The Local Authority may have been pulling strings behind the scenes, but they made no public statements against the academy bid. For example, they refused to go public on the Adrian Goldberg show along with the main parent representative and ourselves. And yet one their schools was being stolen from under their noses!
 It is good that the LA is saying that the school stays with it, but it also suggests that it was the LA that was doing the pushing for academy status, when we all know it was the DfE and Gove’s office.
 It was the public campaigning and direct action of the parents, Communities Against the Cuts and the Alliance Against Birmingham Academies that led the campaign. Several local politicians joined the struggle, but they did not lead or initiate it.
 The weapon of threatened staff strike action, that proved so decisive at Bournville school, was not used in this instance. Let us hope there is no round two in this struggle, but if there is, that other string to our bow might well be required.
 After the victories at Merrishaw Nursery, Charles House respite home and others, we now have this!
To quote from Edna, the main parent leader – “I would like to say a big thank you to and all at the anti cuts for supporting us and pointing us in the right direction. We couldn’t have done it on our own.”
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2 Responses to “Victory at West Heath Primary School”

  1. Birmingham Against The Cuts September 27, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Reblogged this on Birmingham Against The Cuts and commented:
    Excellent news as West Heath Primary School will not become an academy

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