Parents lose their legal rights once a school becomes an academy. Not only that but the most recent data shows that sponsored primary academies are improving significantly more slowly than maintained primaries. Forcing academy status on St Joseph’s is politically and ideologically motivated and is not in the best interests of parents or pupils. Birmingham Local Authority and the Catholic Diocese have a moral duty to do what is right for this school and to ensure open and democratic consultation takes place. If that means standing up to the bullies from the DfE then that is what they should do.
We are a parent-led community group who believe that proper and meaningful consultation needs to take place explaining both the pros and the cons of becoming an academy.
Proper consultation involves hearing both sides of a debate such as
- What are the advantages of becoming an academy?
- What are the risks for the school?
- How will it affect my child’s education?
- How will it affect us as parents?
- Why do some parents believe St Joseph’s should stay as it is?