Local teachers, residents, the National Education Union and the Anti-Academies Alliance are holding a joint meeting in the Old Town later this month to discuss the future of the local Barclay School.
The school came out of special measures following significant improvements earlier this year, however it has been confirmed by Hertfordshire County Council that a Multi-Academy Trust has come forward to take over the running of the school. It is anticipated that Future Academies Trust – owned by multi-millionaire Conservative Party donor and ex-Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Nash – are set to be the sponsor.
The meeting, to be held on Thursday 8th November from 7pm – 9pm in Springfield House Community Centre has been organised and will be chaired by the County Councillor for Old Stevenage, Joshua Bennett Lovell.
Cllr Bennett Lovell said: “The school has improved by a huge amount having now come out of special measures, showing that it does not need to be converted to an academy to provide a good education to our community. It has been shown nationally that academisation does not improve the education of young people, and worsens the working conditions for school staff. Multi-academy trusts take money out of our schools and place them in private hands, and the proposed sponsor – Future Academies Trust – has a record of drastically changing school curricula, uniforms, and ethos. I’ve called this meeting to get our local community together to work out how we can put a stop to these worrying plans.”