Academy plan for Bowland High 'is best for pupils'

The head teacher of a Lancashire school where staff are due to strike over plans to turn it into an academy has said the proposal is best for students.

Bowland High School in Grindleton, near Clitheroe, announced in March that it would apply for academy status.

Members of Unison, NUT and NASUWT are to strike on Friday morning, over how the changes will affect their status, development and terms and conditions.

Head Stephen Cox said the academy plan had been "carefully considered".

'Democratic decision'

In a statement, he said: "The governing body placed a high priority on consulting with staff, parents and pupils throughout the process.

"After considering the views expressed by all these key groups, the governing body came to a democratic decision that academy status was in the best interest of our current and future pupils.

"It is mindful of the concerns expressed by some staff and has repeatedly reassured them that there is no intention to change pay and terms and conditions for current staff or those in the future, and has sought to explain the reasons for becoming an academy in a series of meetings and drop-in sessions."

The unions have said their members do not want to be part of an academy as "they are immoral, unethical and undermine democracy".

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