Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 May 2009

Save our schools Weston Favell, Northampton

AT A public meeting in Weston Favell school, Northampton, 120 parents, students, staff and trade unionists discussed the proposal to change the state comprehensive into an academy. The meeting was called by English teacher Amanda Brett, and organised and promoted by teaching unions NASUWT and NUT, and Northampton Socialist Party.

Parents expressed concerns about the faith element that its proposed Christian sponsors, the United Learning Trust (ULT) would bring into Weston Favell school.

Head of the school council Joe Archer said: "If Weston Favell were to become a ULT-sponsored academy, on this side of town you could choose to send your child to Thomas Beckett, a Roman Catholic school; Northampton Academy, a ULT academy; Weston Favell, another ULT academy; or Northampton School for Boys or Northampton School for Girls, both single sex schools. There will be no option of a normal, mixed, state comprehensive."

The biggest concerns were the changes to students' education. After learning that no extra resources or funding would result from gaining an academy sponsor, one contributor simply asked: "What benefit is there then?"

Amanda Brett said: "Of the 15 schools that ULT sponsor, only one achieves GCSE results above the national average. We are told that this is because these schools were failing before they became an academy. But the evidence shows that this change results in overall decreases in A* - C pass levels.

"At Northampton Academy, they are still under the national minimum level of 30% A* - C passes, despite their shiny new school and uniform.

"At Weston Favell, we project an 11% increase this year and we can realistically expect to meet the 30% level, and build on this - providing there are no disruptions from an academy threat."

Parents took inspiration from the Save Unity College campaign, that had forced the Diocese of Peterborough's proposal to run the college as an academy to be deferred.

Weston Favell school parents organised an enthusiastic Parents Action Group. Anti-academies campaigner Lee Dunkley pointed out: "At Unity their first public meeting saw a turn-out of just 16 people, staff were not united, and the process of becoming an academy was already in motion. Nonetheless, they achieved big victories in halting the change.

"Here we caught the issue before the process began, we have stronger staff unity, and massive parental and public support in comparison. We will win this campaign!"

The Parents Action Group is organising for the consultation process on the proposed academy transition, which begins in June/July. If you know someone who is either a past, future, or current parent of a child attending Weston Favell School, and would like to get involved, contact Amanda Brett at

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 13 May 2009:

Fight all job cuts

Thieving MPs

MPs live it up at our expense !

Socialist Party editorial

Sweep away the thieves and their system

Socialist Party news and analysis

Renationalise the railways

Sri Lanka's killing zone

Corus jobs slaughter - fight the closure

News in brief

Linamar and Visteon

Linamar sack Swansea trade union leader

A victory at Linamar would be a victory for all workers

Visteon workers discuss socialism

Socialist Party election campaign

No2EU - Yes to Democracy campaign news

No to the EU gravy train

Youth fight for jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs Launch conference

International socialist news and analysis

Gaza: the nightmare continues

Imperialism sucked deeper into Afghan quagmire

Socialist Party workplace news

Defending jobs and conditions at the Olympics site

Defending jobs and conditions at Fiddlers Ferry

Wales TUC: For trade union democracy and for trade union rights!

Socialist methods tested

Workplace news in brief

PCS conference: A fighting union that defends its members

NSSN - fight the bosses' offensive

NSSN Conference: Saturday 27 June

Marxist analysis: history

Defeating the poll tax


Save our schools Weston Favell, Northampton

Lewisham Bridge primary school

Threat of academies


Home   |   The Socialist 13 May 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleSchools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

triangleSchool spend is behind eastern Europe

triangleGlasgow jannies win famous victory against council cutters

trianglePlans to bring A-levels back to Knowsley abandoned

triangleEducation cuts forced back


triangleYoung Socialists launched in Greater Manchester

triangleGlasgow janitors win famous victory

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Report from the CWI summer school

triangleEducation cuts: Tories buckling under public pressure


triangleRate of black imprisonment worse than US

triangleHow the Single Market blocks socialist policies

triangleChina: debt crisis, state repression and the prospects for workers' struggle


triangleCollege workers ballot for action in Nottingham

triangleCommunity and artists campaign to save Todmorden College

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Ledbury tenants fight for decent homes



Interest at Nottingham Green festival


East London

East London summit fails to address housing crisis



Tragic death highlights Chatsworth ward closure risk


Socialist Party

Fight for an alternative to the misery of capitalism



Protest to pressure Labour to scrap Haringey redevelopment plans



London Buses safety campaign



McStrike solidarity event



Fight university's 'sackers' charter'


Royal Mail

CWU strike ballot - why I'm voting Yes



London bus drivers' rally


East London

Deal concludes Barts health strike - "We have raised our heads high"



Bin workers vote to continue action following rally



Thousands march - mayor needs real anti-cuts strategy


Russian revolution

Trotsky's "insightful and frank examination" of revolution out soon

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle22 Sep Ledbury tenants fight for decent homes

triangle20 Sep Labour conference: Corbyn's support must be used to defeat Blairites

triangle20 Sep Fight tuition fees

triangle20 Sep Brutal repression of Rohingya people sparks massive humanitarian...

triangle20 Sep Why do young people need socialism?

triangle20 Sep CWU strike ballot - why I'm voting Yes

triangle20 Sep Grenfell inquiry begins: not sufficient, not trusted

More ...

triangle24 Sep Central London: Walk along the steps of Karl Marx

triangle25 Sep Birmingham Central Socialist Party: Care under Capitalism

triangle26 Sep Birmingham South East Socialist Party: What is Socialism?

triangle27 Sep Salford Socialist Party: How we can beat the Tories

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice