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Roke parents fear academy is inevitable

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PARENTS opposed to Roke Primary becoming an academy have reacted with anger to a report which they say misrepresents the strength of opposition to the plan.

The Save Roke campaign saw the consultation as a last chance to make their opinions heard, but claim the results have been "massaged" to show support for the Harris Federation's plan.

Only 17 per cent of Roke parents responded to the questionnaire and, of those, 50 per cent opposed the changes, and 24 per cent supported them.

A survey, sent out by the school, showed 70 per cent opposed the plan, 18 per cent supported it, and 12 per cent did not know.

Most opponents thought that, if changes must be made, Riddlesdown Collegiate should be the school's sponsor.

The results of Harris's survey were released on Tuesday, the same day as parents received a letter detailing the next stage in the process.

It read: "On the assumption that the Secretary of State will confirm the proposal that the school becomes a Harris academy on September 1, 2013, we have to make some preparations."

Becky Carrier, a leading member of Save Roke, said: "It's obvious the report massages the figures to make it look like there is less opposition to Roke becoming an academy.

"They say 17 per cent answered the questions and then split that into percentages of how many are for and against. Far more people answered the school's own survey."

Campaigners fear an Ofsted report, which is due to be published today (Friday), will classify the school as requiring 'special measures' in order to push through the Harris deal.

Roke parents fear   academy is inevitable


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