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Former governor expresses academy school concerns

Land at the Warriner Farm, including the school farm, would form part of the academy deal.

Land at the Warriner Farm, including the school farm, would form part of the academy deal.

Plans to turn The Warriner school and two primaries into an academy have not been adequately explained to parents, a former Warriner governor claims.

John Christie, of Barford St Michael, has written an open letter to governors listing concerns about handing over The Warriner and Sibford and Hornton primary schools to a trust set up by a Turkish private education company.

The deal would include transferring land and buildings to the BAU Foundation and Mentora Academies Trust.

Mr Christie said: “There is no explanation in a letter to parents that BAU Foundation and Mentora Academies Trust will become the owners of the land.”

Mr Christie claims parents have not been told they could have a stand-alone academy with existing governors or that BAU/Mentora would control appointment of governors.

He has called for a re-run of the consultation, which ends on Wednesday, with more detailed information given and a ballot held. But John Williams, academy project spokesman, said governors decided Mentora was a good choice, giving more opportunities than a stand-alone academy and that properties would be transferred on a 125-year lease to the Trust with ‘very strict restrictions on their use’.

He said governors of all three schools, with one exception, voted for the project.

Parents wanting a copy of Mr Christie’s letter should e-mail japchristie@btinternet.com

 

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