Maghull Town Council unanimously backs call for parents and staf

Maurice Byrne

Labour-run Maghull Town Council has unanimously agreed to support calls to ensure that parents and staff are balloted on whether their school should go for academy status.

The town council this week agreed to back the Save Our Schools campaign in Maghull.

All of Maghull Town Council's members passed the motion which states: All schools considering conversion to an academy should only do so after a full ballot of both parents and staff.

Speaking after the meeting, Maghull Town Council leader, Labour's Cllr Maurice Byrne, said: "Maghull Town Council was unified in wanting to back the Save Our Schools campaign to ensure that parents and staff are fully consulted on whether schools should go for academy status.

"This is a big decision for any school to make and will have an impact on the wider community. It is only right and fitting that parents and staff are given a say.

"This is what the Save Our Schools group is calling for and they now have the backing of a unanimous Maghull Town Council."

Maghull Town Council's backing for greater parental say follows a resolution from Sefton Central Labour Party members who also last week called for a full parental ballot.

The Sefton Central Labour Party resolution reads: Sefton Central CLP opposes the Conservative-led Government's education bill and urges parents to demand a parental ballot for all schools considering becoming academies.

Cllr Byrne added: "There is growing support for full ballots of all interested parties before schools make the ultimate decision to go for academy status or not.

"The Save Our Schools and Anti-Academies groups put some very compelling arguments against. Parents and staff need to be given the option to have their say before any decisions are made."

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