There are going to be 2 public meetings in the next couple of weeks about the plans by ARK to turn Kings Norton High School into an academy.
According to the Anti Academies Alliance, ARK call themselves a ‘Philanthropic Cooperative’ but are an organisation run entirely by Hedge Fund managers. Hedge Funds are the finance companies which tipped the world into economic crisis in 2008. They make huge profits by gambling on market prices and they profit by driving down the value of bank shares. See the Anti Academies briefing, ‘Are Hedge Fund managers really the right people to be running our schools?’ at: http://www.antiacademies.org.uk.
[From NUT Briefing: http://www.teachers.org.uk/files/ARK-ACADEMIES-INFO.doc%5D
Details of the public meetings are:
Kings Norton High School, Shannon Road,Kings Norton,
Birmingham,West Midlands, B38 9DE
Thursday 6 October: 6pm – 7pm
Monday 10 October: 6pm – 7pm
A petition has been organised by parents and staff. Bob Whitehead, a local resident and activist with Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts wrote this article for the B31 Blog, which explains more about the campaign and why we should oppose academies.
No, for all the reasons [in this article], the Academy move is not a good idea. Parents should support their local school and keep it part of the local community and the community of schools in Birmingham. We are better off together than being hived off to private concerns. Harborne Hill School rejected ARK’s advances, so should Kings Norton High.
Hopefully, there will now be consultation and debate for the parents and community; something that will allow both sides of the argument to be put and a democratic decision taken afterwards.
There are too many reasons to simply reproduce them here – go and read the article to understand why academies in general and this one in particular should be opposed by parents, staff and students.
to get more involved with campaigns against academies in Birmingham, speak to Alliance against Birmingham Academies, c/o Birmingham NASUWT, Ludgate Court, 57 Water Street, Birmingham B3 1EP.
Upcoming event for AABA:
Next City Council Governors Forum meeting Monday 10 October 6.30
AABA will be leafletting this as usual but if you can go in and make your points please do – prior booking is essential, they say. (Check their website.) AABA leafletting from 5.30.