Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath seemed set for the axe next summer after parents were told the school – run by the Leap Academy Trust – was in an “unsustainable position” because it had been unable to find a new sponsor to support it.
The closure plan and consultation has been shelved by Government and efforts are being made to find a new sponsor.
Details emerged as the school’s head girl and boy, Debora DePaula and Enock Duah, appeared before Birmingham city council ’s monthly meeting and asked councillors to pledge their support.
During the meeting’s public question time session, Debora said: “It makes no sense for the Government to write off £4 million to £5 million in closing Baverstock Academy at a time when demand for secondary school places in the south of Birmingham is set to grow.”
She asked the council to do ‘all it can to save our school’.
Council cabinet member for education Brigid Jones described the potential closure as ‘absolute madness’ and said the £5 million “should be spent in those young people’s classrooms”.