99 per cent say no to Camden Junior School becoming Harris

Campaigners outside Camden Junior School

Campaigners outside Camden Junior School

First published in Education News
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The results of the Camden Junior School consultation are out and have revealed a strong feeling against the primary school becoming a Harris Academy.

Only seven people out of the 545 - or 1.2 per cent - of those questioned said that they think the Harris Federation should sponsor Camden if the secretary of state makes a final decision to proceed with the academy proposal.

The Harris Federation devised the consultation exercise to find out people’s views on whether the Camden should convert to an academy under its sponsorship.

When asked if another organisation should sponsor the school 534 respondents said yes, five said no and six did not say.

The Carshalton-based primary has been told by the government it must become an academy and the preferred sponsor is charity the Harris Federation.

However, parents, along with Sutton Council, have been campaigning for Greenshaw High School to sponsor the school rather than the Harris Federation of academies.

Campaigners believe that Camden Juniors becoming a sponsored academy with Greenshaw will benefit pupils more because Greenshaw will have a better understanding about what pupils and parents in Sutton need.

The campaigners have written to education minister Lord Nash with their concerns.

A spokesperson from Keep Camden Local said: "We are delighted with the response to the consultation and the overwhelming support for Greenshaw becoming Camden's sponsor. 

"With 490 respondents saying they want Greenshaw and only seven saying Harris should sponsor Camden, the message to Lord Nash is clear.  

"We hope that he will support the views of local people and go for Greenshaw"

Sutton Guardian:

The leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey, said: “The results of the consultation categorically state that almost everyone surveyed – including councillors, parents, staff and governors – would rather Camden Junior School does not become a Harris Academy instead preferring the local alternative of Greenshaw.

“This is a community school and it’s evident that the vast majority of people would rather the sponsorship came from inside the borough. We want to ensure that the needs and wishes of local parents and pupils remain at the forefront of any plans.

"As a council we support the push for Greenshaw as our preferred option. We believe Greenshaw will benefit pupils and parents more as they will have a better understanding about the needs of local people.”  

A Harris Federation spokeswoman said: "We have held an open and transparent consultation process and the report has now been submitted to the Department for Education who will consider it as part of their decision making process. 

"As a sponsor with a firm track record of establishing outstanding schools near to Camden, we believe we have the plans, resources and expertise to make sure its children, now and in the future, get the excellent education they deserve."

 

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3:24pm Mon 12 Aug 13

Chris Cullen says...

There is an agenda on the part of Michael Gove to move the goalposts in Ofsted inspections so that more schools appear to require improvement and they can be forced to become academies sponsored by his preferred companies. It's an ideological position that he has quietly progressed over the last 3 years.
Academies and "Free" schools do not have any better record of improving schools than those that have remained state schools. (In fact both Harris primary schools inspected so far have required improvement. http://www.theguardi
an.com/education/201
3/mar/25/education-h
arris-academies-curr
iculum)
The main difference between a state primary and an academy or free school as I understand it is that there is profit in it for the academy and free school sponsors.
Camden Juniors' parents are to be congratulated on their wisdom.
There is an agenda on the part of Michael Gove to move the goalposts in Ofsted inspections so that more schools appear to require improvement and they can be forced to become academies sponsored by his preferred companies. It's an ideological position that he has quietly progressed over the last 3 years. Academies and "Free" schools do not have any better record of improving schools than those that have remained state schools. (In fact both Harris primary schools inspected so far have required improvement. http://www.theguardi an.com/education/201 3/mar/25/education-h arris-academies-curr iculum) The main difference between a state primary and an academy or free school as I understand it is that there is profit in it for the academy and free school sponsors. Camden Juniors' parents are to be congratulated on their wisdom. Chris Cullen
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3:44pm Mon 12 Aug 13

Chris Cullen says...

For more information on how Harris operates and their ties to the Conservative Party, see this link.
http://antiacademies
.org.uk/2012/03/harr
is-federation-spotli
ght-on-sponsors/
For more information on how Harris operates and their ties to the Conservative Party, see this link. http://antiacademies .org.uk/2012/03/harr is-federation-spotli ght-on-sponsors/ Chris Cullen
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