APF demands open and democratic consultation for the parents and staff of Small Heath School while matters are at a formative stage. Analysis by Henry Stewart for the Local Schools Network of the latest GCSE data once again shows that non-academies improve faster than academies. The evidence now is overwhelming, yet schools like Small Heath […]Read more "Birmingham City Council must stop colluding with the DfE on forced academies."
Colmore Junior and Infant Schools in Kings Heath recently announced their intention to ‘investigate seeking academy status’. Parents have been given until 31st January to send in comments but no parents’ meeting has so far been arranged. A group of concerned parents have set up ‘No to Colmore Academy’ to campaign against the proposal […]Read more "No to Colmore Academy"
Over the past year scores of Primary Schools in Brimingham, all situated in economically deprived areas, have come under intense pressure to convert to sponsored academy status as part of Michael Gove’s drive to expand the number of academies. This pressure, which has been described by MP Richard Burden as bullying, has typically been applied […]Read more "Mansfield Green Primary is being forced to convert to academy, but why are Local Authority Officers applying the pressure?"
Inquiry into the future role of the local authority in the context of more schools becoming Academies Written submission by Ask Parents First About Ask Parents First Ask Parents First (APF) is a parent campaign group that was formed in April this year in response to concerns that schools in the city were converting to […]Read more "APF’s written submission to the Birmingham Inquiry into Academies"
A report on the Waseley High parents campaign by Cormac Loane On 29th February I attended the Parents Consultation Meeting on academy status at my son’s school, Waseley Hills High School in Worcestershire. After the Head Teacher had spoken for 15 minutes in favour of academy conversion I stood up and spoke briefly against, and […]Read more "Waseley High governors vote for academy conversion"
In response to concerns raised at a public meeting organised by parents of Waseley High, the school has announced that they will be holding a further parent consultation meeting at the school on 3rd July at 7.00pm. This will be followed by a governors’ meeting on 11th July, which they say will be the last […]Read more "Parent campaign achieves additional parent consultation meeting for Waseley High"
Castle Vale Performing Arts College has been consulting on academy conversion since April. There is a consultation meeting for parents on Wednesday 27th June at 6pm. The proposed sponsor for Castle Vale is AET. Spotlight on sponsors: Academies Enterprise TrustRead more "Castle Vale academy consultation meeting, 27 June 6pm"
Ask Parents First recently became aware that Moor Green Primary School in Moseley has been secretly engaged in sponsored academy conversion for some time. Plans are so well advanced that a sponsor has already been chosen, yet parents have been kept entirely in the dark. This has become an all too familiar story for Primary […]Read more "Moor Green Primary – a plea to governors"
Following the decision in October 2011 not to proceed with academy conversion (read more here), Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre in Birmingham is consulting on Foundation Status. A meeting for parents and carers to participate in the consultation is to be held on Wed 13th June, 2012. Governors will be available in the PPC, […]Read more "Bournville School & Sixth Form Centre is consulting on foundation status"
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 […]Read more "Public Meeting re. Forced Academy Conversion of West Heath Primary School"