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)