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THE ALBION HIGH SCHOOL SALFORD TO BECOME AN ACADEMY
 

Star date: 24th April 2012

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THE ALBION TO BECOME AN ACADEMY

The Albion High School is to become an academy in September this year, which means it will be taken out of the control of Salford City Council. Incredibly there is no information on the Albion's website stating this, nor any statements on Salford Council's website.

When the Salford Star tried to contact John Merry, Leader of Salford City Council and a governor at The Albion, he didn't return our call.

More details here…


The Albion High School is set to become an academy, despite major problems with Hope High School which subsequently became Oasis Academy MediaCityUK (see here).

The sponsor of the new school, to be named The Albion Academy, is Salford Academy Trust, made up of Salford City College, in partnership with the University of Salford and Salford City Council.

The Academy is already advertising for a `Principal Designate' on a package of up to £100,000 and is set to open in September 2012.

The Albion is currently failing miserably, with getting on for 10% persistent absentees (9.7%), 23 `fixed term' exclusions and 1 permanent exclusion already this year, and, with 43% pass rates in GCSE Maths and English, falling well below both the Salford average (52.6%) and the national average (57%).

However, the idea of academies is opposed by virtually all teachers' trade unions. Indeed the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has a standard letter it sends out to parents which states that teachers "have grave reservations about academy status. They believe that any change to the school should be one which makes a positive difference to children's educational attainment and there is no evidence to show that this school becoming an academy would raise educational standards…

The letter adds: "We hope…you will share our views that the high level of risk involved in academy status far outweighs any of the suggested advantages. The decision to become an academy is irreversible. There is no going back…Any decisions affecting your child's education in such a fundamental way must be taken jointly by parents, staff, governing bodies and the local community."

Under the Academies Act of 2010, The Secretary of State for Education can now 'force' a school to convert into an academy due to perceived poor performance. This might be Salford Council's way around the legislation or as the new Trust states "a Salford solution for schools wishing to convert to Academy status".

This statement appears to suggest that there might well be more Salford schools opting out of the state system. Indeed, Malborough Road Primary School is also to take up academy status under the Salford Academy Trust.

The Salford Star asked Salford City Council for a comment. We never got a reply. We phoned Council Leader John Merry, who is also a governor of The Albion, for a statement. But he never returned our call.

There is no mention of The Albion becoming an academy that we can find on Salford Council's Children Young People and Families Scrutiny panel, and records of minutes for the Children's Services Lead Member Briefing have simply not been posted on the Council's website.

Salford City College, which is the lead partner in the Salford Academy Trust, lists one of its major characteristics as "transparency" but there is nothing on its website news about its takeover of Salford schools.

With Salford schools opting out of local authority control, it's just part of the picture that is showing more and more public services been privatised or hived off to third parties – Salix Homes (housing), Salford Community Leisure (sport and culture), Urban Vision (planning etc), plus home care services are all developments along this path, as accountability and democracy continue to suffer…

 

summaya choudhary wrote
at 19:09:07 on 25 April 2013
I Love this school and is people is very good i like me :D
 
lucy wrote
at 13:15:39 on 08 February 2013
i not happy have my niece this school.....I am looking for another school to move my niece from albion as she want me to do that...too much billing and drungs...and the direct not make nothing about that .... that's not fair .. to kids sofer about this one .....
 
hadja kheira bouster wrote
at 06:22:23 on 05 February 2013
Hi,my son always complain about what happen in the classroom from other student and their behavior wich delay his education.Many times the whole class get ditention becouse one studen behaive badly.I am looking for another school to move my son from albion as he want me to do that.
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 12:47:05 on 25 April 2012
Oh come on Salford Star. Surely you are just moaning now? It must be a good thing if it is called an 'Academy'? After all, there was that film called Police Academy and that was good. In fact, an Academy sounds so American, so it must be really modern and cool. Gosh, I wish my kid was going to an 'Academy' instead of a boring old 'school'.
 
Louise Williams wrote
at 21:13:08 on 24 April 2012
Just goes to show just how many "brown tongues" there are and how far they will go just to better themselves. all in the name of business .....
 
Ex-labour , all traitors wrote
at 17:13:43 on 24 April 2012
The arrogance and ignorance of this lot never ceases to amaze . Just who the hell do these taxpayer -funded trough- wallowers think they are ? Just in case they have forgotton , in their contempt and disdane for Salford's Shafted Citizens ,a timely reminder : YOU LOT ARE FUNDED BY COUNCIL TAX EXTORTION , AND ARE ANSWERABLE TO TO THE RIPPED-OFF TAXPAYERS . However , due to the coming massive changes up at the Madhouse , they may be attempting to dispose of all the skeletons , and unable to return calls . LOL.
 
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