Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents Join Forces to Fight Academy Takeovers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents Join Forces to Fight Academy Takeovers

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

PARENTS of pupils at London schools under threat of being forced to become academies are uniting to fight the plans.

A growing number of schools are at risk of compulsory takeover by private sponsors following unsatisfactory Ofsted reports. Parents from three primaries are working together to combat the plans and are due to contact campaigners at a fourth. They say the move is "politically-driven, disproportionate and undemocratic". At Gladstone Park primary in Brent, families have accused Education Secretary Michael Gove of setting the "attack dogs" on them and held a protest outside the school this weekend. The school received an inadequate Ofsted report before Christmas and governors were told a sponsor would be chosen to take over the running of the school within weeks.

Roke primary in Croydon and Thomas Gamuel primary in Walthamstow are also on the "hit list" after inadequate Ofsted reports. Parents at the schools argue the reports are a "blip". …

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