Hands off Sywell CEVA Primary School

Hands off Sywell CEVA Primary School

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Insomnia Frankel started this petition to Chris Heaton-Harris (MP for wellingborough) and

We, the undersigned, call upon the Secretary of State for Education and Regional Schools Commissioner to deny the application for academy status for Sywell CEVA Primary School which will see our local school privatised and handed over to a multi-academy trust.

We do not accept or want to see Sywell CEVA Primary School handed over from the local authority to a multi-academy trust and do not believe that academisation and the removal of local democratic accountability will improve outcomes for pupils. We care about the outcomes for our children. They deserve the best education they can get.

We have serious concerns about Sywell CEVA Primary School being forced by the Governing Body to join a multi-academy trust because:

1.     After more than 10 years of the academy school project, there is no evidence that academies raise standards

2.     Evidence shows that schools that remain under council control improve faster than schools which convert to academy status

3.     Academy schools are free to employ unqualified teachers

4.     Sywell is an inclusive school with students from a variety of backgrounds and we are concerned that an academy will “off roll” low achieving pupils to make results look better, as they are known to do

5.     Multi-academy trusts are less accountable to parents and the local community

6.     Academy schools do not receive any extra money

7.     Multi-academy trusts have been criticised for excessive salaries and expenses for CEOs, which diverts money away from the classroom. (The CEO of PDET recieves a salary of around £80-90,000.)

8.     Becoming an academy is a permanent decision that cannot be reversed.

Sywell CEVA Primary School is already judged 'good' by Ofsted. We do not wish to be downgraded by PDET to Requires Improvement in order to make their figures look good. The Ofsted rating of 'good' applies to us without being forced to join an unaccountable multi-academy trust.

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