Tidemill: second push for academy

Submitted by Matthew on 18 May, 2011 - 10:03

On 4 May the Governors of Tidemill Primary School in Deptford voted to make a second application to become an academy.

The school had hit the national news headlines last year because of the ÂŁ142,500 salary of the headmaster, Mark Elms. The first application to become an academy was met by a vibrant local campaign led by parents of children at the school.

That application was shelved when the parents exposed misleading financial figures in the initial application, and made a legal challenge. But, despite the opposition of local MP Joan Ruddock, Lewisham Council, Lewisham NUT and a large number of parents, the Governors of the school have decided to proceed with a second application.

This application, like the first, will be met by a vigorous campaign.

• http://sayingno.org/cms

Solidarity will carry an interview with Leila Galloway from the “Deptford says no to Tidemill Academy campaign” in a future issue.

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