The senior management team, dressed in what appeared to be identical charcoal-grey suits and white shirts descended on the gate like a flock of crows just before the starting time, seemingly prepared to repel demonstrators. We assured them that we were not seeking to disrupt the meeting. Nonetheless they refused admission to an 18 year old student because he was not accompanied by his parents. However they did accept the open letter from students.
During the meeting the school management undertook to have a second consultation meeting for students and other interested parties. I hope to carry a report on the meeting later today.
Meanwhile a Facebook site 'Campaign to Prevent Holland Park Becoming an Academy' LINK
and a website supporting the campaign LINK have been set up.
It is perhaps significant that a Google search for the Holland Park letter to parents produces a PDF of the letter linked to ARK, the hedge fund backed organisation that runs the Wembley ARK Academy.
The leaflet is printed below - CLICK ON IMAGE to enlarge