A campaign has succeeded in forcing governors at Tidemill Primary School in Deptford to withdraw their application for the school to become an academy.
The precise reason for the withdrawal is a technicality; a legal challenge mounted by the campaign exposed the governor’s financial model to be flawed.
But the key lesson is that campaigning can win. Without a strong parents’ and teachers’ campaign, the investigative work into the technicalities would never have been done and even if they had been exposed, the governors might have felt confident to find ways around them without significant pressure from below.
The campaign’s website is sayingno.org/cms, and Solidarity hopes to feature interviews with some of the activists in a future issue.