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News - 16 August 2012

Judicial review finds in favour of school

Campaigners have failed in their High Court bid to stop a primary school in north London from being converted into an academy.

In June the Department for Education (DfE) said the "under-performing" Downhills Primary School in Tottenham would become an academy in September.

Parents, who were seeking a judicial review, accused the government of "bullying", they were now "disappointed but not surprised".

A DfE spokeswoman said: "Downhills has been under-performing for several years.” She went on to add, "We are very pleased that the court has recognised that the consultation and the secretary of state's decision were undertaken fairly and lawfully."

The High Court judge said it was clear from Education Secretary Michael Gove's letter giving his decision that he "simply had no confidence" that the school, run by Haringey Council, would substantially improve.

A statement from the Save Downhills campaign group said: "Today's ruling shows that consultation during academy conversion is irrelevant.

Following an Ofsted report the school was placed in special measures in February, and in June the DfE dismissed the board of governors and appointed an interim executive board to manage the school.

If you need any help and advice with Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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