‘Hands off Bournville School – Say No to Academy Status’ were out on the campaign trail this morning at Selly Oak Festival. Managing to get a stall after a last-minute cancellation, we weathered the wind and rain with the help of a borrowed gazebo and got 80 signatures on our petition. The response from the community was overwhelmingly positive – a great start to our campaign! Thank you to Bob Whitehead who came to the rescue with a couple of clipboards and some Anti Academy Alliance leaflets (we were using dinosaur picture-books and sellotape until then). Now we’ve started there’s no stopping us. Watch this space!
by Sarah Barton
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As well as Bournville School, Fairfax School in Sutton Coldfield is seeking to move to academy status, and the teachers there have voted to take industrial action, and will be striking on the 28th and 29th June. There is a public meeting held by Alliance Against Birmingham Academies, about the strikes at Fairfax School, Sutton Town Hall on the 27th, from 7pm.
For more information on why we oppose academies, have a look at the Anti Academies Alliance website