George Mitchell says no to academy

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October 11, 2012 by lambethteachers

A packed meeting of over 100 students parents, staff and members of the local community met on Thursday to oppose the threat of George Mitchell school in Leyton being forced to become an academy.

Former pupils spoke emotionally about what the school and its inclusive ethos had meant to them, many gone on to attend universities and thanked the school for the start it had given them.

Staff said that the school had received a “Good” from OFSTED but, unlike other local schools in the same category, had not been told that they would not be inspected this year. They were suspicious that the school was going to be forced to become an academy.

All staff at the school had been balloted and had rejected academy status by 97 votes to 2. NUT members are to be balloted over strike action should the threat be realised.

.A parent governor who had herself been a pupil at the school told the meeting that the school was a special family and should stay that way. local councilors also spoke against the conversion.

Campaigners from nearby primary school Chapel End Infants school also threatened with academy status highlighted a call for a lobby of Waltham Forest Council on Thursday 18 October called by the local Anti Academies Alliance to protest against the academy programme.

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