Congratulations to Colmore parents on winning their campaign for a full consultation including a public meeting with speakers for and against. Open and democratic consultation was their legal right, but like so many other parents they discovered it was not being offered on conversion to academy status. In achieving meaningful consultation parents brought to the governors’ attention many aspects of academy status that they had not previously considered, with the result that they decided not to proceed.
Parents have received a letter dated 13th June confirming that the decision of the Colmore Schools is not to proceed with conversion to academy status.
The letter from the Chair of Governor states: ‘We are not convinced that at this juncture the potential benefits of conversion outweigh the potential disadvantages’.
We welcome this decision and the consultation which preceded it, and would like to conclude our campaign by sharing the following messages:
To Colmore Schools: Thank you for listening to parents and for consulting. The public meeting you held was an important part of this process, and it was conducted in a positive and balanced manner. We hope the schools continue to flourish as local community schools.
To Birmingham City Council: Many parents have said they valued the involvement of the local authority and didn’t want the schools to ‘break away’. We hope you will do all you can to support and promote locally accountable state…
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