Fears for primary school after academy sponsor closes down

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that the future of a local academy has been thrown into doubt after the trust sponsoring the school closed down following a damning Ofsted report…

Furious parents have now threatened to remove their children from Moor Green Primary School after the collapse of HTI Education Trust, headed by former education minister Lord Jim Knight.

The school, in Moor Green Lane, became an academy in January last year and was the first to be sponsored by HTI Education Trust – a social enterprise which was set up by the charity Heads, Teachers and Industry Ltd (HTI).

But the troubled Moseley school was placed in special measures earlier this month after education watchdog Ofsted branded it “inadequate”.

Inspectors blamed some of the academy’s shortcomings on weaknesses in teacher skills, saying they “severely limit pupils’ achievement.” The report added: “Partnerships between the academy and the Trust are too weak to drive improvement. Staff and governors have not received sufficient support from the Trust to enable them to carry out their jobs and duties properly…”

Former minister Lord Knight, chairman of HTI Education Trust, said the decision to close the trust was made in September, but parents were only being informed this week.

“HTI Education Trust decided in September to close because it has not grown fast enough to generate the capacity to properly support schools,” he said. “The Trust has not wanted to disclose this until it has received clarity from the Department for Education about the future of Moor Green.

“We now understand that a new sponsor will be found quickly and we will continue to support the school until we can hand over to a new sponsor.”

He said once a new sponsor was found, HTI Multi Academy Trust, the sister organisation which manages the school, will also close…

Parents reacted with anger to the news. One, who did not wish to be named, said: “We are appalled that this has been allowed to happen. I am so worried that I am going to take my children out of school and find them a new school. It is horrendous that their education has been allowed to suffer.”…

A Department for Education spokesman added: “We are currently working with HTI Education Trust to secure the future of Moor Green Primary. We are making sure that pupils’ education is not affected as we speak to potential new sponsors. The school is in special measures – and clearly that is not good enough. We have consistently demonstrated that we are tough on underperformance in all types of schools.”…

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  1. Janet2

    Academy trusts closing down was an inevitable consequence of the academies programme.  LAs can’t just close down, abandon their schools and expect the DfE to find another organisation to run the schools.  But academy trusts can.

    Prospects Academies Trust, whose take over of new schools was allegedly encouraged by ex-schools minister Lord Hill against civil service advice, has now closed leaving six academies searching for a new sponsor.


    And now HTI is closing down leaving a school looking for another home.  

    It should have stayed with the LA.

  2. Janet2

    HTI, part of The drb Group, hoped to have 50 academies by 2015.

    The official reason for closing the trust is that it hadn’t grown fast enough to ‘generate capacity’ to support schools.  But according to its website, it’s had 26 years experience, including 10 years in which it claimed it’s trained 20,000 school leaders.

    Could it be that actually running a school isn’t as profitable as just offering training and then moving on?


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