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Striking Stourbridge teachers vow to fight academy conversion
11:36am Tuesday 5th February 2013 in News
STRIKING teachers at a Stourbridge school have vowed to fight on to prevent a campus conversion to academy status.
Staff at Redhill School, Junction Road, walked out today and will do so again tomorrow (Wednesday) after similar action last Friday and union chiefs say there could be more industrial action to come.
School governors voted in November to press ahead with conversion to academy status, which would take the school out of local authority control.
A working group of governors and staff will report within weeks on the detail of the conversion process before governors vote on a final decision to make the change.
Among striking Redhill teachers is Paula Rowe, who is president of the NASUWT, the union which called the strike action which handed extra days off to a number of year groups at the school.
Paula Rowe said: "We believe putting power in the hands of the head and governing body who have little accountability is wrong.
"Teachers feel it is an unnecessary change, it's not just teachers its parents, I have never been involved in any action nationally where we have had this level of support."
In a statement, school head Steve Dunster and chair of governors, Linda Bonehill, said: "We are very disappointed that the NASUWT are instructing their members not to come to work thus causing disruption to our pupils and parents. The governing body is now collecting detailed information and has yet to make a final decision.
"This decision will be on the basis of what is best for the long term future of the school and its pupils."
Victor Aguera, NASUWT national executive member for the West Midlands, said: “We hope the governing body ensures that in reaching its final decision, it does so in a fair and transparent manner.”