Academies feel the dead hand of comprehensives

24th June 2005 at 01:00
Passions seem to be running at an all-time high over ministers' beloved city academies. Teachers and parents are revolting against plans to establish them in several London boroughs and beyond.

All of this bubbled up when Labour MPs gathered in the Commons last week for a seminar on school admissions organised by the selection-hating pressure group Comprehensive Future.

Most outspoken was Margaret Tulloch, the group's secretary. She growled that an academy would be built in the London borough of Merton "over my dead body!"

Her vow was repeated by other Comprehensive Future members, who said that the academy would be built over their dead bodies as well.

"At least it will be well-carpeted," muttered one of the delegates.

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