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Councillors slam academy policy
12:35pm Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS in Bury have slammed the Government for “forcing” schools to become academies.
And in a strongly worded motion, they also deplored the Government for “changing the legislation that was designed to help failing schools”. The condemnation comes seven months before Radcliffe Primary School is scheduled to become the borough’s first-ever academy.
Councillors endorsed the motion at the last full meeting of the local authority. In December, governors at Radcliffe Primary School reluctantly agreed to apply for academy status with Bury College as its sponsor. If the governors had not agreed to request for Bury College to take over the running of the school, then they faced having the DfE forcing through the school’s conversion with a different sponsor imposed upon them.
The governing body would also have been removed and an interim executive board installed.