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Hundreds sign petition against Jerounds Primary becoming an academy

Education: Secondary / Tue 11th Jul 2017 at 01:22pm

HUNDREDS OF concerned parents have signed a petition against Jerounds Primary school becoming a member of a particular academy group.

Jerounds Prim

A few weeks ago, YH reported that the Pyenest Road school had been rated as ‘inadequate” by government watchdog Ofsted after a recent inspection.

Now comes the news that the school is set to become a member of the Buckinghamshire-based NET Academies Trust.

Abbotsweld, Latton Green and Longwood primaries are already members of the trust

But it appears that a large number of Jerounds parents are not happy with this proposed change to the school.

The objections can be found in the petition below.

https://www.change.org/p/secretary-of-state-for-education-petition-against-the-approved-academy-sponsor-for-jerounds-community-primary-school

We asked Essex County Council for a response. Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are committed to ensuring all pupils in Essex receive the best possible education and closely monitor the performance of all maintained schools in the county.

“Following an inadequate Ofsted inspection of Jerounds Primary School in March, which led to the school being placed in special measures, swift action was taken to ensure immediate improvements were made.

“An Interim Executive Board has been put in place to support the school in addressing the concerns raised and there are also plans for the school to become part of a multi-academy trust.

“The National Education Trust has recently been approved as the school’s sponsor and we will work closely with the school and the trust over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition, with the school expected to convert to academy status no later than January 2018.

“In the meantime, we will continue to monitor and support the school.”

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1 Comment for Hundreds sign petition against Jerounds Primary becoming an academy:

EagleEyed
2017-07-13 07:31:56

You've reported Jerounds Primary School's inadequate OFSTED rating, and indeed mention it twice in the attached report. For balance I think you should also report that their Key Stage 2 year 6 SATS results are the best the school have ever had and are above the Government target. Also In Key Stage 1 year 2 the SATS results are above the Government target. Jerounds is not a failing school.

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