At the beginning of the Autumn term, we learned some of the seven STEP schools had informed staff that they were no longer going to be pursuing the MAT at this time. Exciting as this news was, we held off making any announcements until the schools themselves made the information public. We are pleased to be able to announce that schools have now begun to update parents and staff and feel we can now inform you all of the latest developments.
Wheelers Lane Primary School – Not formally pursuing involvement in the MAT at this time. Announced to staff and parents Autumn Term 2016.
Park Hill – No longer able to pursue due to Requires Improvement Ofsted results. Announced to staff and parents Summer Term 2017.
Wheelers Lane Technology College – Not pursuing a MAT at this time. Announced to staff and parents Summer Term 2017.
Kings Heath Primary School – Not pursuing a MAT at this time. Announced to Staff and parents Autumn Term 2017.
Queensbridge – Not pursuing a MAT at this time. Announced to Staff and parents Autumn Term 2017.
Swanshurst – Not pursuing a MAT at this time. Announced to Staff and parents Autumn Term 2017.
Kings Heath Boys School – Status unknown at this time.
Although we are aware that the term ‘at this time’ leaves the door open for the MAT to be formed at a later date, we are confident that there is no threat of this happening shortly. We strongly believe that the Love Brum Schools campaign fought so passionately by this group, has had an impact on the decisions made by the schools.
What a difference a year makes! As a small, inexperienced group of parents, teachers and community members we hosted two hugely successful public meetings. We held too many street stalls to count, leafleted outside the schools in rain sun and even snow. We ran a crowdfunding appeal, instructed solicitors to write to the schools on our behalf and attended more planning and organising meetings than I care to remember. We formed solid links with Birmingham NUT, Birmingham City Council, local Labour Party and Momentum groups who all provided invaluable support and advice throughout the many twists and turns of the journey.
We would like to say a huge and very heartfelt thank you to absolutely everyone involved. Whether you simply ‘liked’ a post on Facebook or sat down to meet with the Heads and Governors of the schools, each part played a key role in the campaign.
Many people said the MAT was ‘inevitable’. This success shows us all that the only way the MAT was inevitable was if we did nothing! We did something, and we made a difference! Solidarity to our local community schools, long may they last!
Love Brum Schools