Tapton academy plans postponed

Tapton school
Tapton school: academy bid has stalled

Controversial plans to change the status of Tapton secondary school in Crosspool to an academy have been put on hold due to legal issues raised by the school’s owner.

Private finance initiative company Interserve and its funders Lloyds Banking Group have concerns over how PFI schemes work with academy status, particularly over the way the council would make PFI payments on behalf of Tapton after it has become an academy.

The school is still committed to the conversion and barristers are working through the issue, although no new completion date has been announced.

The proposed move is unpopular with parents and teachers.

Controversial academy plan in chaos (The Star)

Tapton governers vote for academy change

Tapton school: to become an academy?
Tapton school: will become an academy on 1 August

Tapton secondary school in Crosspool will break away from the council to become an academy on 1 August.

In the final vote, sixteen governors voted in for the move, one abstained and two more were unable to attend.

Tapton will have new status in time for 2011/12 school year (The Star)

Tapton academy deal could be signed by Monday

The front page of today's Sheffield Telegraph
School closer to academy move: the front page of today's Sheffield Telegraph

A funding deal to transform the status of a Crosspool school into an academy could be signed as early as Monday.

Today’s Sheffield Telegraph covers the story on its front page.

A meeting for parents only took place on Tuesday at the school. Concerns have been raised by parents, councillors and education officers over the consultation process.

Teachers at Tapton are against the move, fearing that becoming an academy will not raise educational standards.

Governors feel such a move would be in the school’s best interest, allowing them to balance the books by negotiating better value services.

Sheffield Telegraph: School closer to academy move

Meeting called to discuss Tapton academy plans

Tapton school: to become an academy?
Tapton school: close to becoming an academy

A public meeting will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 21 June at Tapton school to discuss plans to turn the school into an academy.

Teachers at Tapton are against the move, fearing that becoming an academy will not raise educational standards.

Governors feel such a move would be in the school’s best interest, allowing them to balance the books by negotiating better value services.

Sheffield Star: Academy status a step closer at top city school

Tapton school to become an academy

Tapton school: to become an academy?
Tapton school: to become an academy?

Tapton secondary school in Crosspool is to break away from the council to become an academy.

Governors feel such a move would be in the school’s best interest, earning it a bonus of more than £740,000 a year and allowing them to balance the books by negotiating better value services.

Teachers at Tapton are against the move, fearing that becoming an academy will not raise educational standards.

Two negative responses were received from parents when 2,000 letters were sent out.

You can read more in the newspaper reports below.

Tapton prepares for academy move (Sheffield Telegraph)

Top school academy bid (The Star)