Campaigners to meet with chair of governors at Newbold Riverside Primary School

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CONCERNED parents are due to discuss academy plans with governors at Newbold school.

Around 80 people turned out to the meeting on Monday evening at Oakfield Club in Bilton. The meeting was organised by campaigners protesting about the primary school becoming an academy.

Parent Lorna Dunleavy said: “We are concerned about the chosen sponsor. Reach2 is not the right one.”

Under plans to turn the school into an academy, its new sponsor Reach2 would take over the main control of the school.

The Secretary of State for Education identified Newbold Riverside as needing support to rapidly improve achievements.

Lorna said: “What happens if the academy does not manage to raise standards? Reach2 is going to make money out of this. We think that a locally based sponsor with an ethos for providing the best possible education would be better. This is happening far too fast. Parents have not had any time. Many parents are oblivious to the issues.”

Among the speakers at the meeting were Alasdair Smith of the Anti Academies Alliance and Tony Souter from the National Union of Teachers. Rugby MP Mark Pawsey was unable to attend but sent a statement saying he was in favour of the academies programme.

Alison Livesey, chair of governors at Newbold, said: “Following last night’s meeting a request has been made for parents to meet with the entire governing body. I am currently trying to accommodate this request and find a time which is suitable for all. In the meantime parents are welcome to contact us via the school office with any questions or concerns they may have.”