Teachers at a failing primary school have hit out at the decision to convert it to an academy. The management of Canberra primary school in White City, which has made crucial progress since being put into special measures last summer, will be taken over by education provider ARK Schools in September. This is from the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle…
The Hammersmith and Fulham branch of National Union of Teachers has criticised the governors’ decision after hearing fears from teachers at the school that improvements would be hindered.
Branch chairman Dennis Charman told the Chronicle: “It is disappointing that a more imaginative solution could not be reached, especially as staff have made very significant progress since the last Ofsted report. There is no reason to think ARK can achieve any more any sooner.”
Mr Charman also voiced his concerns that one academy chain, ARK, is now dominating primary school provision in the north of the borough.
“This is reducing both choice and accountability,” he said.
When Canberra primary school was placed in special measures in July 2012 it was federated with neighbouring Phoenix High School to help raise standards.
Ofsted rates Phoenix as ‘outstanding’ and in March the latest monitoring inspection praised Canberra’s effective leadership and pupils’ growing confidence.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has encouraged the school – where two thirds of its 400 pupils are eligible for free school meals – to become an academy.
This is in line with government policy that managers of under-performing primaries must consider transferring them to an independent provider.
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