Around 150 parents, carers and children protested at Snaresbrook Primary School, South Woodford, on Tuesday 17 September, when a representative from the Department of Education came to broker the possibility of the school being turned into an academy.
The protest was attended by John Cryer MP, Councillors S Nolan and P Goody, and representatives from the NUT and Anti Academy Alliance.
The school, always previously deemed ‘good’ by Ofsted, was placed in special measures following an inspection in June. This led the Department of Education to start the process of ‘forced academisation’.
However, Snaresbrook’s parents say the school now has new, dynamic leadership and outstanding KS1 and KS2 results in 2013, ranking it 4th out of all Redbridge’s schools.
An overwhelming majority of the school’s parents and carers oppose academisation, believing it is wholly unnecessary for their school.
Follow the school’s anti-academisation campaign on Facebook at Save Snaresbrook or on Twitter: @savesnaresbrook