As many of you will be aware, the Hewett School and its assets are in the process of being forcibly handed over to the Inspiration Trust. You can have a read here.
This was my response to a requested meeting to discuss the Inspiration Trust’s plans for the school:
I'm afraid given the situation at Hewett and Inspiration Trust's potential involvement, this would be a pointless meeting.
Unless Dame Rachel de Souza and the Inspiration Trust are planning to pull out of the enforced DfE 'scorched earth' programme of asset stripping currently taking place at Hewett, I'm afraid we will have little to discuss.
I am on the record for being fundamentally opposed to this government's academy and free school programme. To my mind and many others they are the thin end of the wedge for full privatisation of our education system. I therefore have no faith in either programme, especially those run by Inspiration.
The recent 'investigation' into the alleged abuse of advanced Ofsted inspections information has left more questions than it answered. It was an entirely unsatisfactory investigation and one I am keen to see re-opened.
This latest development at Hewett, with its flagrant disregard for a community's clear, democratic wish to remain in Local Authority control, is a new and unwelcome level of political debasement.
After the election, with hopefully a Labour Secretary of State for Education, I will be more than happy to meet to discuss the new, democratic and transparent mechanisms that will govern ALL schools in Norwich.
Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich South