Last time I told you about how I was tackling the governors of my son’s school as they wanted to join a multi-school academy. I had a useful, helpful and informative meeting with the governors, but I am still against their plans. They seem to have made their minds up already and aren’t prepared to change whatever parents think. Most parents have moaned in the playground, but haven’t taken any action beyond that. Some attended the meeting and made their views known there. Not many chose to email in concerns. I’m not about to launch a campaign single handed. I don’t have the time or the energy sadly.
I have been reassured on a number of points though and I’ll be interested to see how a multi-school academy works in reality. If it doesn’t work and fails badly, then I might launch a campaign, but for now I’ll leave it as it is. I doubt the governors could be moved on the issue anyway as they seem convinced they are right and don’t seem willing to accept different viewpoints.
One thing that has left me feeling a bit concerned is the amount of say the diocese has in saying how catholic schools are run. I’m a bit worried that they might be being heavy handed about this academy lark and I’m less sure about sending my child to a catholic school for secondary now as I think they might have too much power in how the schools are run. It’s a tricky balance because, of course, they do provide funding for the schools and they set them up in the first place, so I understand that they have certain rights. I guess I’d opt for a little less on the religious side in a perfect world.