I am a parent of children attending Waseley Hills High School and am currently running a campaign ‘Hands off Waseley’ to raise awareness of the proposed conversion to Academy Status that the Governing Body are pushing towards, the first stage of the application has already gone through.There has been very little parental consultation and parents have called for a balanced meeting with For and Against speakers followed by a ballot of all parents with the majority being the deciding factor, parents do not want the decision made by a small group of Governors.
The school has failed in their duty to provide any documentation to support/oppose conversion and have been unhelpful in organising a meeting which led parents to hold their own meeting on 20th June at the Beacon Church Centre. This meeting was set up to be a balanced meeting with For and Against speakers, unfortunately we were unable to find any willing speakers ‘For’ Academy (and we approached several high Schools who have recently converted), however we did manage to secure 2 very good speakers who spoke against Academy conversion, in particular one of these speakers was a parent from Bournville High School who encouraged the school to cease its application to convert. Speakers provided factual evidence and went through in detail the FAQ document that the school had published to its website as factually incorrect.
The school have, under pressure, agreed to hold another meeting on 3rd July at the school, 7pm. They have still not agreed to this meeting being balanced nor to be followed by an organised ballot of parents. In response to this we have set up a petition calling for the school to consult appropriately and take into account the wishes of the parents. The petition is available to sign in some of the local shops and on line http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/hands-off-waseley/ Local shops are supporting us in getting the message out to parents and are displaying posters to advertise the meeting.
We also have a website www.handsoffwaseley.org.uk which gives access to the on-line petition and contains copies of letters parents have sent into the school on Academy status. To date the school have failed to answer the queries made by parents.
If you are a parent/future parent please join our campaign and ensure your voice is heard before it is too late.