Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

Tory Lies: Socialist Worker 31 July 2010

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Leila Galloway has two children at Tidemill primary school in Deptford, south east London.

The headteacher has indicated that he wants the school to become an academy. Leila is campaigning against it.

I object to the fact that there is no consultation about academies, she told Socialist Worker. Theres no warning suddenly you just have an academy.

Deptford is a very deprived area. The teachers have worked hard to make Tidemill a good school, but an academy would be driven by profit.

I think it would affect the admissions policy.

If support for children with special needs was seen as too expensive, it could mean the academy would take less children with special needs.

Well end up with a school that isn’t serving the local community.

I’ve found that the more I talk to other parents, the more support I have.

When I spell out what it would mean, people are shocked.

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