Public meeting called to discuss academy plans for Sinfin School
TWO major teaching unions are to host a public meeting to discuss the proposal to convert Sinfin Community School into an academy.
A consultation process is currently under way and ends later this month but the National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers do not feel parents have had enough chance to express opinions.
NASUWT branch secretary Dave Wilkinson said a public meeting would be held on Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm at the school.
He said: "There was a parents' meeting in the week before Christmas which many people could not attend and two open sessions since. "But many people have been asking for a public meeting, which we will hold on Wednesday."
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Both unions and the city council are opposed to the school becoming an academy, which was proposed following action by Education Secretary of State Michael Gove.
In November, he removed the school's governing body and imposed an interim executive board in its place, which has been charged with exploring the possibility of academy conversion.
This would be under the sponsorship of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, based in Nottingham.
Members of both the NUT and NASUWT have already held two days of strikes before Christmas in protest at the possible conversion.
Councillor Martin Rawson, city council cabinet member for children and young people, has been asked to chair the public meeting.
The Labour-controlled council is also opposed to the conversion of schools into academies.
Mr Rawson has previously said he would like to see Sinfin Community School become part of a co-operative trust involving other city schools and businesses.
Mr Gove took action after a plan for the school to become an academy with Chellaston School as sponsor fell down and followed its failed inspection last February.