Dad criticises lack of consultation on academy plan for Stamshaw Junior School

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A FATHER has criticised the lack of consultation carried out over plans to turn Stamshaw Junior School into an academy.

City resident Kevin Whittle said there is a lot of confusion and fear over its future and he is aware that some teachers are seeking to find new jobs.

And he said the council’s interim head of education Julien Kramer said at a meeting last month the council ‘forced out’ the previous headteacher, contrary to the belief they had retired. Mr Whittle said: ‘The school is going to go downhill. The school must change. The consultation process has been a joke.’

Lib Dems councillors Leo Madden and Darren Sanders called for the council to write to the education secretary urging any changes should not be made unless there is ‘full, proper and meaningful’ consultation.

Cllr Neill Young, Tory cabinet member for children and education, said the administration is striving to help the school like others in the city.

The current plans would see the school paired with Portswood Academy in Southampton. But some parents are against the idea.