Parents’ bid to disband Portsmouth school’s governing body over plans to join Southampton academy

Parents are hoping to disband Stamshaw Junior School's governing body in a row over plans for it to join forces with a Southampton academy
Parents are hoping to disband Stamshaw Junior School's governing body in a row over plans for it to join forces with a Southampton academy
15
Have your say

PARENTS are hoping to disband a school’s governing body in a row over plans for it to join forces with a Southampton academy.

The Interim Executive Board (IEB) of governors at Stamshaw Juniors has announced plans for it to become an academy with Portswood Primary Academy as sponsor.

But many parents are angry at the way the consultation has been carried out and say they have not been told how standards will improve.

They feel it would be better to choose a more local school to become its sponsor.

The parents have written letters to councillors, MPs and members of the community asking for their support to dismiss the governing body.

It reads: ‘As a parent I’m supporting the parental campaign to dismiss the current IEB and have them replaced with an unbiased one.’

Parents will meet to discuss the future of the school.

Julie Quinton, 37, from Monmouth Road in Stamshaw, has a nine-year-old daughter at the school. She said: ‘It’s not that we don’t want the school to become an academy.

‘But we would like what they have done stopped and started afresh with a genuine data review of all the schools that want to help.

‘All we are asking for is a fair chance for the school to justify why Portswood Primary is the best.

‘We don’t think the governors are working in the best interests of the children.’

Kelly Parker, 33, from Nelson Avenue, has an eight-year-old son.

She said: ‘As a parent I feel that the IEB have been unfair in their decision making.

‘We know that there have been offers from other academies more local to Stamshaw and with better data that have refused but with no clear explanation given.’

Julien Kramer, interim head of education at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘A number of proposals have been explored to improve the school and transfer to become a sponsored academy with a strong sponsor that has capacity to support the it is the only remaining viable option.

‘The Department for Education has matched Portswood Primary as sponsor for Stamshaw Junior.

‘The governing body has worked to communicate this change to parents and teachers.

‘We’re confident that the planned transfer will secure the future for every pupil attending Stamshaw Juniors now and in the years ahead.’

The meeting will be at Stamshaw and Tipner Leisure Centre at 6pm on Monday.