Campaign to save William Torbitt
Campaign to save William Torbitt

Thanks to the tireless campaigning efforts of local parents, teachers, NEU and GMB unions, Wes Streeting MP, and Redbridge Labour councillors, William Torbitt Primary School has been saved from forced academisation.

William Torbitt in Newbury Park, was initially given an academisation order by the Department for Education following a poor Ofsted score last summer.

However since then the school has made significant improvements, with Inspectors noting the leadership of interim headteacher, Clare Pike, and consultant deputy headteacher, Pavenjit Kettory, who they said were “excellent role models”.

Following the huge improvements at the school, Labour councillors joined a campaign led by teachers and parents, supporting the school and calling on the government to rescind their academisation order.

Councillor Elaine Norman, our cabinet member for children and young people, commented, “This is fantastic news for the school, parents and also school staff and teachers. William Torbitt is a great local school and have fought hard to prevent being turned into an academy.”

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal added, “I am so pleased our campaign has enjoyed so much success and that our wonderful local school has been saved from academisation. So many people worked so hard to reach this result and I am proud to have worked alongside teachers, students and parents to save the school.”

A campaign spokesperson said, “We want to thank Redbridge council for providing assistance and support during this period…not sure where we would be without their help. Thank you to our community and parents who supported us. Thank you to our local MP Wes Streeting and Councillors who stood by our side and pushed the council motion. The NEU & GMB unions and anti academy campaigners who have also been fantastic supporting us all the way, arm in arm! We must also thank Damien Hinds MP for making the right choice.”


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