A borough councillor who has been accused of back-pedalling has defended throwing his support behind school academies when they were set up 13 years ago.
Councillor David Jamieson (Lab, Kingshurst and Fordbridge) admitted he had reservations when he backed the introduction of the new type of schools, which were introduced under a Labour government in 2000.
But the former MP and government minister says he now has more confidence in them after seeing some ‘great examples’ of academies in Solihull.
“Places like Kingshurst and Grace Academy are superb and I am definitely more in favour of them now.
“I was very much in favour of taking failing schools and turning them into academies for the benefit of the pupils.
“What I have a problem with is academies picking pupils when it should be pupils picking the school.”
Sparks flew at last week’s Full Council meeting during a debate on Tudor Grange’s controversial plans to change its admissions policy (see over the page). Coun Jamieson was reminded that he supported a move by the Labour government to introduce academies, which sit outside local authority control.