The Governors of Furness and Oakington Manor are looking at becoming a multi academy trust. The Unions have sent in a response stating why there should not be an academy trust and asking for an extension to the consultation. We are particularly concerned about this as the Oakington Brent Audit Report of June 2015 said, ‘weaknesses in the system of internal controls’ … ‘put the client’s (school’s) objectives at risk’. It goes further; ‘The key areas of weaknesses related to high value expenditure, income administration, stock management and pension administration’.
Brent insisted on a proper bidding procedure and due diligence regarding ‘high value expenditure’. This is entirely proper. For the Governors to say this as a reason for NOT wanting to stay with the LA is entirely inappropriate. Staff in both schools have asked lots of questions and are waiting for answers. Oakington staff were told to be quiet by the Chair of Governors at their meeting to discuss the proposal. Parents were not happy with the proposal at the parents meeting. Will it help or hinder your child’s education? Analysis of primary school results indicates that academy conversion actually slows progress.
Open Meeting for staff, parents, governors, councillors and community to discuss
What is going on and why?
Monday 7th December at 6.15 pm
Tokyngton Community Centre
St Michael’s Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 6SA
There should be an opportunity for a proper debate with both sides of the argument for and against an academy being equally presented to staff and parents. This should be followed by a properly conducted independently overseen secret ballot, with the same information included. This is the only way that parents and staff’ views can definitely be known.
All welcome. Bring other parents. Ask your councillors to come. You can bring your children
Hank Roberts, ATL National Past President and Brent Branch Secretary Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile for Jean: 07843282450
Lesley Gouldbourne, Brent Teachers Association (NUT) Secretary Email: email@example.com