Parents protest at changes planned for Portland school

A school in Dorset was the venue for an angry demonstration today as parents protested against it being joined with other academies around the country. The Isle of Portland Aldridge Academy is due to become part of a London-based trust next year.

A number of jobs have already gone and parents and teachers say there's been no consultation over the move. They fear the loss of local control of the school.

The protesters are angry at the Aldridge Foundation Credit: ITV News

Parents say they feel let down by the Aldridge Foundation, a charity that supports the academy school.

Parents are angry at plans to move the school under the umbrella of a multi academy trust, or MAT. The single trust will potentially manage eight academies around the country. Both the chairman and vice chairman of governors have resigned in protest.

IPACA was formed four years ago when five schools on Portland came together as an academy.

"The idea of this school has been controversial from the outset. All but one of the island's primary schools signed up to be part of it. As did Portland's only secondary school, so it means there is very little alternative for parents and pupils on the island."

The academy's principal says they are under academic and financial pressure.

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Academy is due to become part of a London-based trust next year Credit: ITV News