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GMB protest outside closing failed Academy gives Government tough questions to answer

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Union demands ministers come clean about impact on staff and children and how much public money has been wasted 

GMB members, along with parents, children and members of the public, are set to protest outside a failed academy earmarked for closure.

Baverstock Academy, in Birmingham, was a well-regarded school before being taken over by the Leap Academy Trust in 2013.

Since then it has lurched from crisis to disaster, being placed in special measures due to financial difficulty in 2014.

Now, despite a passionate campaign from GMB, teachers, pupils and parents, it looks set to close.

The decision forces hundreds of children to move schools and leaves dozens of staff starting 2017 by losing their jobs.

The demo coincides with a visit to Baverstock by the Regional Schools Commissioner on Monday (January 30).

Gill Ogilvie, GMB Organiser, said:

“A really good school was given academy status and standards have then plummeted so dramatically it is now being forced to close.

“This is a shocking indictment of the Tory’s failed experiment into academies – and this protest will show how strongly people feel.

“The Government must explain why it has no suitable timeline or guarantees for possible future sponsor - none has even had a chance.

“How much tax payers’ money will it allow to be written off?

“What will be the impact on support staff and workers who are set to lose their jobs?

“And what about the devastating impact on the kids who attend the school who will need to travel on two to three buses to get to a different one?

“This whole mess raises massive questions about the Tories' failed education policy – why is the local authority not allowed to take back control of the school?”

ENDS

Contact: Gill Ogilvie on 07850768351 or at gill.ogilvie@gmb.org.uk

Notes to edtiors:

[1] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/academys-closure-exposes-flaws
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