Campaigners have failed in their High Court bid to stop a primary school in north London from being converted into an academy. This is from the BBC…
In June the Department for Education (DfE) said the “under-performing” Downhills Primary School in Tottenham would become an academy in September.
Seeking a judicial review, parents accused the government of “bullying”.
But Mr Justice Kenneth Parker said that given the school’s “egregious” past performance, the decision was rational.
Following the ruling, Save Downhills campaigners said they were “disappointed but not surprised”.
They are considering whether to appeal against the court’s decision.
A DfE spokeswoman said: “We are very pleased that the court has recognised that the consultation and the secretary of state’s decision were undertaken fairly and lawfully.”
The new academy will be run by an education charity, the Harris Federation.