National Adjudicator Questions Value of City Academy
Following the failure of the Leicester School Organisation Committee to agree the proposed Mary Linwood Academy, as a result of NUT objections, the matter was referred to a national adjudicator.
In her report the adjudicator stated that the notice issued proposing the closure of Southfields Infants and Newry Junior:
"treats the staff, parents and governors of the two schools to be discontinued with scant respect."
She also stated that the plans by creating additional school places are:
"exacerbating still further the LEA's problems with surplus places and the parlous state of recruitment."
She concluded by commenting:
"Few arguments strongly in favour of this proposal have been advanced by any parties to it."
The sponsors of the new Academy would do well to take note of this.