Sheffield parents back academy in ballot

24th October 2008 at 01:00

The first ever parental ballot on academies has resulted in an overwhelmingly positive response, with more than seven in ten voting in favour.

Parents in Sheffield were sent ballot papers on a proposal to replace Parkwood High School with an academy backed by the multi-faith sponsor, Edutrust.

The result was 70.6 per cent in favour of the proposal, compared to 29.4 per cent against. The turnout was 23.9 per cent. Parents of Parkwood pupils and its feeder primaries were asked to participate.

Sheffield became the first local authority in the country to offer a ballot on academy plans in a bid to better understand parents' wishes.

It has said it will hold a similar vote in each time it consults on moving a school out of local-authority control, although the results are not binding on its final decision.

"This consultation has enabled local people to have a voice in very local issues," said Cllr Andrew Sangar, the cabinet member for children's services.

"We're committed to making more and more opportunities available for people to have a say in what goes on where they live."

Alasdair Smith, from the Anti-Academies Alliance, said: "It is absolutely right to give parents a ballot.

"But it is nonsense to say that if they don't like the result, they can ignore it. That will put people off voting." He added that he was concerned that opponents of the academy had not been given a proper platform from which to voice their opinions.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now