Staff and parents at West Heath Primary are strongly against the proposed academy.
Parents are holding a public meeting on Thursday 14 June at Oddingley Hall, Oddingley Rd, West Heath, B31 3BS.
Parents were understandably outraged to discover a few weeks ago that plans to convert are at an advanced stage and negotiations with a sponsor, The Elliott Foundation, are in the process of being finalised, despite parents not having been consulted at all on the future of their community school.
The Elliott Foundation is a brand new enterprise with no previous experience of running schools, having been formed just this Spring to take advantage of a perceived ‘gap in the market’ as a result of the Government’s forced academy programme. Read more here
Despite apparently brokering the deal with the Elliott Foundation against the wishes of staff and without consulting parents, it is understood that the headteacher Mr Duggan is intending to resign his position as headteacher of West Heath Primary School, leaving the school community to an uncertain fate, and not one of their choosing.
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