Charity’s reasons for bid objections

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BOURNE United Charities has outlined its reasons for objecting to a school’s bid for academy status.

Bourne Grammar School cannot apply to become an academy without consent from the charity, which owns part of the school site.

The charity members last week decided at a meeting to object to the school’s bid.

The school says it will mean missing out on £450,000 of funding next year, forcing it to consider staff cuts and cutting back on courses.

Yesterday the charity sent a three-page statement to the school explaining its objection. A copy was also released to the local press.

The charity says it has blocked the bid because it wants to maintain the legal framework for the provision of a selective grammar school education for children in the Bourne area.

It also says it wants to preserve the Bourne Education Foundation, to which it appoints four trustees to be governors at the school.

The charity says if the grammar status was lost, the foundation would be a shell charity with no trustees and it would not be able to give money to other schools in town.

The statement: “Our role in the Bourne United Charities is to seek to guarantee the education historically offered by Bourne Grammar School not only in the short term, but for the longer term.

“We need to ask the question, Do we want a grammar school in the town or not?

“A grammar school is the only way to ensure that there is a broad and rich opportunity for education in the town at secondary level.

“There is no assured way back should academies prove unsustainable either politically or economically.

“The many educational changes over the past 20 years have worked to a lesser or greater degree because the 1944 Education Act provided a framework of recognised parameters within which education operated.

“Academies have changed this by ending financial and administrative accountability to local democratically elected bodies such as the town council and the education authority.”

Bourne Grammar School headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “The chairman of governors and I now have a substantial document to examine and to comment upon in full detail.”