Parents vent their anger at changes to Portsmouth junior school

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  • Protests at plan to link Stamshaw Junior School with Portswood Primary Academy in Southampton
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PARENTS have protested against plans to become an academy with a school in Southampton.

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

The protest at Stamshaw Junior School

The protest at Stamshaw Junior School

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.

This afternoon, they protested outside the school, holding banners and chanting for a better consultation.

It’s the kids’ education at the end of the day and that’s at stake by going to academy

Mandy O’Donnell

Mandy O’Donnell, 43, is from Strode Road and has two daughters at the school.

She said: ‘We are here today to protest against the IEB.

‘It’s about the way they have gone about the consultation with parents and teachers.

‘What we want to do is stop the consultation from going ahead and start again but involve teachers and parents in the changes in the school.

‘It’s the kids’ education at the end of the day and that’s at stake by going to academy.’

In a letter, Guy Cordran, chairman of the IEB at the school, said: ‘This is a unique opportunity for everyone in the school community to embrace a long needed change and to secure the school for the future.

‘The period of statutory consultation gives governors the opportunity to articulate the case for change and we have provided substantial amounts of information to allow stakeholders to be fully and properly informed.’