The following statement has been issued by parents of Small Heath School who have been campaigning against forced academy status for their school;
Parents and ex-pupils of the Parents of Small Heath (POSH) Campaign are supporting the strike action on Tuesday 20th October by teachers and staff at Small Heath School.
We believe that staff and parents can work together from previous positive experiences to help evoke change and improvement which is much needed for the future of both the school and children’s futures. We do not believe that academisation is the correct solution for a school which previously had 5 consecutive Outstanding ratings by Ofsted. We urge effective Local Authority support and reasonable time to allow for the staff to turn things around, with support and existing working frameworks they wish to use, to guide this school back to what it once was.
We stand united with the staff who are striking as they are the ones that go above and beyond what they are required to do for our children, to help turn every individual that walks through its doors into good, community orientated citizens. The campaign has supported staff in two public community meetings, petitions against academisation and also lobbying Birmingham City Council in September, where a petition with over 800 signatures was handed over to council members.
The POSH Campaign will continue to support further strike action by teachers and support staff of Small Heath School, until we all feel enough is being done to support staff and to prevent any proposed academisation of our school, a school that was once recognised as the crown jewel of the provision of education in Birmingham.