Parents’ protest march over Oxted School academy plans

bbc_radio_surreyParents at Oxted School protest over plans to turn one of Surrey’s largest secondary schools into an academy.

 

A protest has been held over plans to turn one of Surrey’s largest secondary schools into an academy.

Parents at Oxted School claim there has not been enough consultation and have expressed fear that land could be sold.

A group of them earlier marched through the town waving banners saying “education not land grab” and calling for “the community to decide”.

Governors at the school have said academy status would allow them to have more control and improve standards.

Parent Hazel Holt said the school was effectively just interested in the freehold and the land.

“Our prime concern is our children’s education, but what we don’t want is for them to be able to sell off parts of the school to developers,” she said.

The governors of Oxted School have been working with the Howard Partnership Trust to make the change, which first involves the school becoming a foundation.

In a letter to East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah, who wrote to them asking for clarification of their plans, they said they believed that it was in the best interests of the school to achieve foundation status before becoming an academy.

Meetings with parents are due to be held early next week, followed by ones with the wider community.

 

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