Statement from South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats on the withdrawal of the Oasis Community Learning bid to take over Winterbourne International Academy:

Eva Lily Fielding and Claire Young outside Winterbourne Internation AcademyEva Lily Fielding, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke and Claire Young, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Thornbury and Yate, said:

"We welcome today's news that Oasis Community Learning has withdrawn its bid to take over Winterbourne International Academy. They faced overwhelming opposition from parents, students, teachers and the local community. Well done to everyone involved in the campaign.

This is not the end of the story. The Ridings Federation still has a Financial Notice to Improve hanging over it and needs a recovery plan to get it back on track. We're sure everyone locally will want to work together to ensure a bright future for both Winterbourne International Academy and Yate International Academy."

Claire added:

"This has also thrown up wider issues about how the Government deals with academies that face difficulties. Parents have been shocked by the lack of transparency and the fact that there is no direct way for them to have their say. I have written to the National Schools Commissioner expressing concerns not just about this situation but also the wider questions it raises."

You can read the statement from Oasis here.

You can read Claire Young's email to Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner here.


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