Council accused of 'hostile takeover' of failing school

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Council accused of 'hostile takeover' of failing school

A council has been accused of carrying out a “hostile takeover” of a school in Catford after trying to replace its headteacher.

Sedgehill School, which is the largest in Lewisham, could also face being placed in special measures by Ofsted following a spate of poor GCSE results.

Lewisham Council is proposing to turn the secondary school into an academy which sparked a protest outside the town hall by parents, staff and pupils on Friday.

The move could see that school’s headteacher, Ken MacKenzie, replaced as well as the board of governors next month.

The National Union of Teachers has branded the move a “hostile takeover”.

Ofsted said it has “serious concerns” about the school and told Lewisham Council: “The standards of performance of pupils at the school are unacceptably low, and are likely to remain so.”

David Banks, the school’s former deputy head, parent April French and former pupil Damali Eastmond-Scott joined Headline London to discuss the situation further. 

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