“Hands off Baverstock”
Around 450 people, braved the cold and rain to turn out in protest against the proposed closure of Baverstock School in Druids Heath. The protest coincided with the visit of Christine Quinn, the Regional Schools Commissioner,who met with parents and staff inside the school as part of a month long consultation. Parents,pupils and local residents stood alongside politicians,unions and activists to demand that the government “Save Baverstock”
The protest was wellnatured with chants of “Save our school” “Hands off Baverstock” and “Tories out” which may of proved awkward for the Tory councillors who were in attendance.
Closing the school will have a devastating impact on Druid’s Heath, leaving children with longer travel times, more pressure on families, businesses affected and the result could lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.
Baverstock School was made an academy in 2013. It immediately fell into trouble being rated “Inadequate” by Ofsted in 2014 and then ran into financial difficulties in 2015 after financial irregularities were uncovered.
It is a shocking thought that although the government are now promoting the opening of new grammar schools, they are throwing the children of Druids Heath on the scrapheap by closing a much needed local secondary school #EducationNotSegregation
Stand up and be heard:
Parents, carers, staff or anyone else with an interest can submit their views to the Regional Schools Commissioner by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write: Office of the Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands,
53-55 Butts Road
- Responses must be received by Tuesday 7th February 2017.