Sewell Park College: There will be a consultation on academy conversion after all

Sewell Park College. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sewell Park College. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

The interim governors of a city high school have launched a formal consultation about its proposed academy conversion, days after saying they would not because people could not 'reasonably expect' it to have an impact on the outcome.

Sewell Park College has been in special measures since November, and last week the government issued an academy order saying it should be sponsored by the Norwich-based Right for Success Trust.

The 2010 Academies Act says a school's governing body must consult 'such persons as they think appropriate' about whether it should convert, before or after an academy order has been made.

However, chairman of the interim executive board (IEB), John Catton, said on Monday it would hold meetings with staff and parents, but would not hold 'what we understand by a 'consultation''.

Now, following a conversation with the Department for Education, Mr Catton said it had 'refined the process of consultation', and people could give their views in a consultation by May 22.

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Right for Success held its first meeting with parents on Wednesday night, where some people raised concerns about its lack of experience sponsoring a mainstream high school.

Chief executive Valerie Moore said she had experience working at senior leadership roles in high schools. She also said there were no plans to change the school's uniform, although the logo may change, but the school's name would change.

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Ian Kenny, whose daughter is in Year 8, said: 'Some people went in there with a more angry look on their faces, but afterwards you could sense that people did seem a bit more reassured.'

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