Parental ballot choice upheld

8th November 1996 at 00:00
A comprehensive school in John Major's constituency is to opt out next month after a six-month wrangle over the ballot result.

Gillian Shephard, the Education and Employment Secretary, has given Arthur Mellows Village College in Peterborough the go-ahead for grant-maintained status, despite admitting that governors gave parents misleading information. The school anticipates opting out from the beginning of December.

Gilmour McLaren, chairman of governors, said: "We have been ready for transition since September 1, which was the target date for the change of status, and we now look forward to proceeding with our long-delayed plans. "

Parents voted two to one in favour of the school going GM more than six months ago. But Cambridgeshire County Council and a group of parents opposed to opting out registered objections at the same time, accusing school governors of issuing misleading information before the ballot.

Department for Education and Employment officials told governors the school could opt out by September, but it was effectively left in limbo pending a decision by Mrs Shephard. Permission was finally received this week when she decided to uphold the result of the parental ballot.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today