Expect the governors to quietly (i.e with even less genuine consultation) take a resit on this one
Here's the text of the press release:
Press Release:Save Tidemill Primary School Campaign Friday 14th January 2011 Country’s highest paid Superhead Mark Elms
gets maths wrong in academy bid The governors at Tidemill Primary School in Deptford
are about to withdraw their application to become an academy.
Though the school governors previously voted 8 to 5 on the
2nd of December 2010 to take the school into academy status,
it has recently come to light that the financial breakdown
presented by Mark Elms was in fact seriously flawed.
Solicitors Leigh Day & Co acting on behalf of Leila Galloway,
a parent of two children at the school, have received strong
indications that the school is minded to withdraw its application
before being drawn into an application where they would be
subjected to a Judicial Review. Although campaigners maintain that there were many flaws in
the school's proposal and consultation process it appears
that the main reason for the school withdrawing its
application rests on a set of seriously flawed figures.
There is more than one miscalculation. One glaring example
is where the school estimated that it would cost them £60,000
to pay for additional services normally provided by the LEA
when in fact the DOE’s estimate is £78,000 and the LEA estimates
the figure to be in excess of £229,000, see: Lewisham Council
response to consultation. All schools that apply for academy status are also mandated to
undertake an Equality Impact Assessment. It would appear
the school has not done this. Leila Galloway and local campaigners
maintain that this is a victory for parents and local residents.
Many people feel that the whole process has been rushed and important
decisions made without fully exploring the implications of such a
profound and irreversible change. For further information please contact: Leila: 07766710638 or 02086928939 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.academies sayingno.org