On Monday 29th June at Beauchamp Middle School, Mike Berrill (Principal of Biddenham Upper School and International Sports College) made an offer to SMS – that we write a joint press release stating that both the Upper School Heads and SMS would respect a Full Council vote on the School Organisation Review and that neither group would go to Judicial Review should the vote go against them.
This is the response of SMS to that offer.
SMS is a loose affiliation of parents, teachers, governors and other taxpayers whose activities are funded entirely by themselves.
SMS does not have the right or ability to stop any individual who feels that it is appropriate to take the Bedford Borough Consultation to Judicial Review. It would be unfair to limit your actions by a promise we cannot guarantee will be met. SMS does not wish BSF funding for Bedford Borough to be put at risk by a Judicial Review.
The high risk of a Judicial Review has been created by the Borough Council who are responsible for the flawed Consultation process and lack of due diligence in the basis of its recommendation. Only the Council can take immediate action to rectify the flaws.
This action includes but is not exclusive to:
1. Working up a credible proposal for school performance improvement under 3 tier
2. Carrying out an unbiased evaluation of the two proposals
3. Revising its recommendations as appropriate
4. Taking steps to correct the biased and misleading information in the consultation document
Mike, SMS believe you have a key role to play in supporting the Borough officers in developing this vision of school improvement under 3 tier. This is particularly important for you as it now appears more likely that Bedford Borough will retain 3 tier, and it would be prudent to have a plan in place as early as possible for securing BSF funding for your school.