Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Academy Opponents Lobby Sponsor

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Academy Opponents Lobby Sponsor

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Campaigners fighting plans for a pounds 30m city academy in Northumberland yesterday took their fight direct to the private sponsor of the controversial new school.

A delegation of teaching unions, school governors, staff and parents from Blyth staged a demonstration outside the offices of former North-East motor magnate Sir Peter Vardy's Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF) in Durham.

Placard-carrying campaigners handed over a letter outlining their opposition to Northumberland County Council's plan to create the ESF-sponsored academy for youngsters aged three to 18 as part of its massive Putting the Learner First reforms.

They called for a ballot of parents in Blyth on the academy project and urged Sir Peter to act on his pledge that he would not open schools in towns where ESF was opposed by the majority of locals.

County council leaders want to build the all-age academy as part of a pounds 54m investment to switch Blyth to a new two-tier education system. …

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