Portsmouth parents get ready to protest against plan for academy

Stamshaw Junior School
Stamshaw Junior School
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Parents are preparing to hold a protest in a bid to disband the governing body at a school as it bids to become an academy.

The Interim Executive Board of governors (IEB) at Stamshaw Junior School announced plans to become an academy with Portswood Primary Academy in Southampton as its sponsor.

But many parents are angry at the lack of consultation and feel they are left with many unanswered questions. They want the process to be started again from scratch.

Kevin Whittle, 34, from Childe Square in Stamshaw, said: ‘The IEB needs replacing. What we want to try and push for is to get the whole thing redone and get something decent for our school.

‘Everybody knows that we need better for our school but there’s a right way and a wrong way and I think we are being pushed into something that nobody really wants.’

Now, the parents are going to make their voices clear by protesting outside the school gates at 2.45pm on Thursday.

Mr Whittle added: ‘We want as many people to turn up as possible.

‘We just need to get a bit of momentum going.

‘People have got to start answering our questions. We aren’t happy with the situation.’

Lynda Fuller was there representing the teaching unions. She said: ‘We can 100 per cent say that there’s full support from all the staff at the school for starting the process again in a fair way.’

Parents have written letters to councillors and MPs, including Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, who has offered to meet them. A petition has also been set up.

The consultation period ends on Friday. If it goes ahead, the school will convert to an academy on April 1.