Foundry Primary School - lobby the parents’ meeting on Thursday 6th December!
December 3, 2012
The campaign at Foundry primary school in Winson Green is at a crucial point. Rob Briscoe, the DfE’s hitman in Birmingham, told the governors on Thursday recently that they had to choose between two sponsors - Oasis and K12 - and make the decision on Thursday 6th December. The chair of governors had invited Wolverhampton University to sponsor - they have set up the Education Central academy trust - and they were keen, but Briscoe vetoed them as ‘not suitable’.
It is utterly horrifying that even when governors comply with the DfE pressure to 'choose' sponsored academy conversion as the 'agreed best option' they have no say in the choice of sponsor. It is utterly horrifying that the DfE is dismissing a local university sponsor as unsuitable and instead is promoting a sponsor with a clear poor record and even worse - the unsavoury American for-profit group K12. The illusion of choice was always little more than a mirage, but this really makes the DfE agenda crystal-clear.