The Department for Education (DfE) has released a breakdown of the results of the consultation into plans to convert a Derby secondary school into an academy. Today the Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that Sinfin Community School would change its status in May.
Last November, Gove personally intervened to replace the school's governing body with his own Interim Executive Board (IEB) because of serious concerns about standards. Its first priority was to consult about becoming an academy. After a public consultation, the board has now decided to convert, with Nottingham-based Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust becoming the sponsor.
The DfE has revealed the consultation results to ITV News Central: there were 90 respondents – 50 (56%) were in favour of conversion, 40 (44%) wished the school to stay under the control of the City Council. The consultation lasted from 5 December 2012 to 28 January 2013, and took representations from pupils, staff, parents, unions and the Derby City Council.
A department spokeswoman said the IEB is convinced it was a "fair and transparent process" and has rejected suggestions that there was insufficient provision made for community members with poor understanding of English. She said the academy proposals were available in six languages and there was an interpreter at public meetings.