Reverse the decision to convert Parrs Wood High School to academy status
We, the undersigned call on the Chair of Governors and Governing body of Parrs Wood High School to reconsider and reverse their decision to convert to Academy status.
With the Conservative party reversing its plans in part to force all schools to become academies we feel this is the perfect time for the governing body to pause, take stock and reverse its initial decision.
We are very concerned about what becoming an academy would mean for the children, parents, local community, standards of education and the long term financial viability of the school.
Why are there concerns?
Academies do not raise standards-Parrs Wood is already a good school with a hard working and committed staff. Converting into an academy could destabilise this.
Academies threaten high quality teaching and learning-Academies can hire un-qualified teachers. This may mean it is harder to recruit staff to the school.
Academies threaten fair admissions procedures-The school would be allowed to change its own admissions requirements and policy if it chose.
Curriculum-The school would be able to move away from the national curriculum.
Financial insecurity-The school is already running an in year financial deficit. Conversion could put the future financial viability at risk. No going back-The decision to become an academy is permanent. There is no going back if we make the wrong choice.
Protection-If the school were to be found to be under performing or coasting, it could still be forced into becoming a sponsored academy having converted.
Communication-There has been no communication from the governing body to update parents since the decision to convert was made public on the 12th December 2015. Whilst the governing body and head teacher have given some assurances. That may change going into the future.
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