Parents petition against prospect of school being a sponsored academy

Disgruntled parents have sent a petition to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, demanding that the Department for Education (DfE) stops any attempts to force Calder High School into becoming an academy.

The petition, signed by 345 stakeholders in the Mytholmroyd school, says that the undersigned don’t want their “community school of sixty years’ standing to be given away to an academy sponsor”.

Spokesperson June Eaton said: “This conversion is not wanted by the leadership team, governors, the local authority, the staff, pupils, parents or the local community. Nobody has been consulted about the conversion. Many people do not understand what it involves.”

The petition demands that Mr Gove withdraws any decision to impose sponsored academy status on the school and that a full and thorough public consultation is held with all stakeholders before any decisions on the issue are made. It is understood that last week, the school was upgraded from “inadequate” to “requires improvement” by Ofsted inspectors after a visit on February 13 and 14.