From Karen Shorrock, parent & Hands Off Waseley Campaign:
In a futile attempt to discredit the petition which has been signed by over 200+ parents and stakeholders, a letter signed by the Headteacher and Chair of Governors of Waseley Hills High School has been posted to all parents stating that parents have signed the petition thinking the school is closing. This is a preposterous statement and one that is deeply unfounded. It is also a direct insult to the 200+ parents who have signed the petition, a petition which is still growing in numbers. The posting of letters to every parent is a total waste of resource which could have been better spent on a ballot of all parents.
We have encouraged the school to view the on-line petition and see for themselves the comments left by parents specifically over Academy conversion and their concerns over lack of information provided by the school and failure to answer questions parents have raised. Meetings held on both 20th June and 3rd July were all based around the impact Academy conversion will have on parents, students and the local community.
At no point has a parent queried whether the school is closing. In fact the only person who mentioned the school might close was the Headteacher during the parents’ consultation meeting on 3rd July. He implied that if numbers of students fell the Local Authority would have the power to close the school and move students to Worcester. He said being an Academy would prevent this however his comment was contradicted by the Headteacher from an Academy school who told parents that he is now an Academy and his funding has been cut. The cut to his funding is a direct result of the Local Authority being the deciding factor on how much funding a school gets whether it is an Academy or a State run school. A clear message that in the extremely and highly unlikely event that numbers at Waseley should fall then this would in turn result in the Local Authority reducing the funding whether Waseley is an Academy or not and therefore cannot be used as a deciding factor for conversion.
An Academy, in the words of the Headteacher of Waseley Hills High School “ is an Independent School, a Limited Company”. Companies are there to make profit. Companies go bust. Companies are only as good as their Directors and management team, where is the school’s Business Plan?
All children have a right to access education which is already funded by the tax payer and provides well rounded support from professionals. I question whether any parent wants their child to be taught by a company that is able to create its own polices and has the power to increase the board of trustees so that decision are non-democratic.
If you would like to express your concerns over the decision to convert to Academy then please join me and all the other parents outside the school on Wednesday 11th July 5.30pm. The Governors will be holding the final vote however a good turnout by parents may influence the Governors final decision
Thank you, Karen Shorrock, Concerned Parent