Academy scheme set for go-ahead

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GOVERNORS are set to vote tomorrow in favour of turning another Sheffield secondary school into an academy - despite opposition from some parents.

Bradfield School would be the latest secondary to opt out of local authority control, following Yewlands and King Ecgbert.

If governors approve the plans Bradfield would become an academy in November, coinciding with the opening of its new building.

Headteacher David Conway is also keen for the school to open its own sixth form - a move the council has opposed, arguing the north of the city already has sufficient post-16 places.

Parents opposing the changes have said the information provided by the school has been too one-sided and a survey of their opinions was biased.

Lawrence Smith, who has a son at the school, said: “Parents have grave concerns over the entire consultation process, the disregard in which they have been held by the school and the lack of transparency regarding the information from Bradfield School.

“There has been extreme bias in the consultation letters and online information to parents. It produced a landslide result that North Korea might be proud of.”

He added: “We had no way of raising further questions with the school and remain in the dark over the questions we have concerning many issues that affect current and future children’s education.”

But Mr Conway said: “We asked an independent observer to look at our consultation procedures, someone who has examined hundreds of similar processes around the country, and he believed they were some of the most thorough he had ever seen,” he said.

“Parents have had access to a wide range of views, and we have included the arguments both for and against the academy to be posted on the school’s website.

“My own view is that if a school is progressing and is doing very, very well, parents trust the school to act in their youngsters’ best interests.”