Sunday, 28 October 2007

Oxford Anti Academy Alliance keeps up the pressure


Anti Academy campaigners claim that the Peers academy plan is being driven through without adequate debate and public support and are demanding a vote of parents and teachers.

The following open letter has been sent to the proposed sponsors of the Peers Academy bid and the County Council.

Dear Sir or Madam

Peers School Academy Bid-
Open letter to sponsors and the County Council

We are concerned by recent comments by supporters of the Academy bid for Peers School, including the Mayor of Oxford, claiming popular support for this proposal. We would note that as only 22 people have responded to the initial consultation exercise and of these only 10 were in favour, 'popular support' is clearly unproven.

We have sought at length to secure a public debate on this matter with Andrew Smith MP and we very much hope that one of the principle supporters of the bid will be open to further public discussion, so that parents and teachers are able to take an informed view on this important issue.

Furthermore given the failure of the initial consultation exercise we would hope that the sponsors would feel sufficiently confident of public support to put this matter to a simple vote of parents and staff.

I trust that such a vote can be rapidly and inexpensively organised to inform the second stage of consultation.

We look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

Yours sincerely

Oxford Anti Academy Alliance