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Solihull Council turns to government on admission policy changes

SOLIHULL Council is calling on the Government to allow local authorities to have the final say when it comes to academies changing their admissions policy.

SOLIHULL Council is calling on the Government to allow local authorities to have the final say when it comes to academies changing their admissions policy.

Tudor Grange’s plans for a radical shake-up were criticised at last week’s Full Council meeting.

And members agreed to call on ministers to allow any such changes to be agreed by the council before they are given the go ahead.

Councillor Joe Tildesley (Con, St Alphege) praised Tudor Grange and the work of the head teacher but described plans to change the admission policy as a ‘disappointment.’

“Tudor Grange is an outstanding school that delivers a world class education and long may that continue,” he said. “I am just disappointed they have decided to go down this route.”

Coun Nick Stephens (Lab, Chelmsley Wood) said the council should send a ‘clear message’ and called for academies to be stripped of powers to decide their own admissions policy.

“The Tudor Grange changes could have major implications if they are implemented in years to come and could cause great instability within the school system.”

Coun David Jamieson, leader of the Labour group, pointed out academies are only accountable to the Education Secretary Michael Gove (pictured) but said they are operated by public funds and should also “be accountable to the public.”

 

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