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Chadwell Heath school to fight its academy conversion

  • 18 May 2014
  • From the section London

An east London school will be seeking a judicial review against plans to convert it into an academy.

The High Court had stopped Warren Comprehensive School, in Chadwell Heath, from being converted into an academy in January until consultations had taken place.

A consultation found 85% of respondents were against the change to an academy.

However, the Department for Education has since announced the move should go ahead from September.

A school spokeswoman said they would be seeking a judicial review against the plan.

The 1,285-pupil school had been placed in "special measures" by Ofsted because of its poor performance.

In January Education Secretary Michael Gove made an academy order under the Academies Act 2010, taking the school out of the hands of the local council, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

He also decided to set up a new governing body composed of interim executive members.

A second Ofsted report on 3 March said the school was making reasonable progress towards removing special measures.

'Middle of exams'

The school's chairman of the governors Sarah Scrace said after the High Court injunction in January a consultation was held where 85% of those who responded said they wanted the school to remain as it was.

Ms Scrace said despite this response the school received a letter from the Parliamentary Under Secretary Lord Nash on Monday stating the change to an academy would go ahead in September.

She said: "We're are extremely disappointed at the news, especially at this point in time when our oldest children are right now in the middle of exams in one the most important weeks in their academic lives.

"As governors we want to continue to do what is right for the children and will fight this in any way we can."

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