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

3 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately I can’t attend the lobby of Waseley High School Governors meeting tomorrow as I am up in Huddersfield… Hats Off to Karen Shorrock and Cormac Loane for the attempt to defend Waseley Hills High from the underhand move towards Academy Status… The fact that the Head and Chair of Governors are deliberately spreading false alegations and rumours is a sign of how Anti-Democratic they are. Their behaviour is a symptom of the wider maliase that has infected the whole of society. Affluent and arrogant individuals manipulate and manouver to support the effective ‘privatisation’ of what was ‘public property’ and when people wake up to their schemes and begin to question the wisdom of those proposing changes – the anti democratic elements brand ordinary people as trouble makers and to cover their own deceit begin to spread more lies…
    The situation at Waseley is simple – There should be a full consultation and a full Ballot – There should be an immediate election of a new Governing Body as clearly the current Governors are not representative of the views of most parents.

  2. DURING MY TIME I HAVE BEEN A SCHOOL GOVERNOR AT A LOCAL SCHOOL FOR EIGHT YEAR ALSO INVOLVED IN WITH P.T.A .AND SERVED ON OTHER LOCAL SCHOOLS COMMTEES INFANT JUNIOR AND SENIOR and UNIVERISTY BOARDS I HAVE ALLWAYS BELEAVED IN STATE EDUCATION RUN BY THE STATE FROM WHAT LITTLE DATA I HAVE GATHERED FROM GOVERNORS AND PARENTS IT APPEARS THEIR HAS BEEN VERY LITTLE CONSULTATION , AND TO ME THE SCHOOL GOVERNORS SHOULD HAVE SENT DATA TO ALL HOLDHOLDS IN RUBERY WITH DATA FOR AND AGAINST ACADEMEY STATUS .WE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WILL SPEND A LOT LONGER HEAR THAN GOVERNORS WILL HOLD OFFICE AND IT WILL EFECT THE WHOLE OF RUBERYS FUTURE AND ITS FAMILIES IN SOME WAY, AND SHOULD BE A DEMOCRATIC VOTE IN THE VILLAGE AS IT WILL EFECT US A LOT LONGER THAN THE GOVENORS IN MOST CASES. GOVENORS AT ALL SCHOOLS DO A LOT OF GOOD WORK BUT TO CHANGE FROM L.E.A TO ACADEMY IS A BIG STEP AND SHOUD BE A VILLAGE VOTE IN MY EYES ,

  3. Tomorrow the 20 Governors from Waseley Hills High School will vote for the final time on the school’s impending Academy Conversion. In the words of the Headteacher the school will be “an Independent School, a Limited Company”. No Business Plan has been shared with parents, nor have the parents been given the opportunity to share their views on Academy conversion with the Governors. A community impact report has not been produced nor has there been any thorough consultation, only dictation.
    The minutes of tomorrow’s meeting will be in the public domain for all to read and although I do not expect an overwhelming vote in favour of Academy (as some Governors have publicly voiced their concerns over the proposed conversion) should the vote fall in favour it will be clear to see which Governors voted that way. Sadly the question will still remain, on what evidence have they based their decision to convert Waseley to an Academy? No evidence has been presented to parents.
    The Governors are; Eric Hogg; Chair, Bob Poston; Vice Chair, Tina Mason-Williams, Steve Eccles, Martyn Juggins – all Community Governors
    Stephen Smith, Louise Dore, Helena Cleaver, Angela Collins, Debbie Williams, Darren Share, John Tellum – all Parent Governors.
    Cllr McDonald, Alan Cooper, Dave Butler , Clair Gibbs– all LA Governors
    Dawn Borthwick, Simon Parsons, Alan Roll, Hilary Sadler-Kelly – all Staff Governors
    Parents have not been told which of the above Governors will still be in post if the school becomes an Academy. Nor have parents been told who the trustees will be. But most importantly parents do not know whether their elected member of the Council will even be on the Governing body.
    I urge all parents to get their voice heard for the very last time and join us at the gates of the school tomorrow from 5.30pm.
    Thanks, Karen Shorrock, Concerned Parent

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