Stuart Brady for Loughborough
Stuart Brady for Loughborough

There was outrage expressed at a pay rise given to Julian Drinkall, boss of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) academy chain that controls Beacon Academy in Shelthorpe, Loughborough.

The process of making schools academies sees them leave the control of the County Council and pass to academy chains.  AET is a large academy chain running around seventy schools.  It has been reported that Mr Drinkall the Chief Executive received around £300,000 in pay last year.  Up around £100,000 on previous years.

There is an ongoing campaign being run by parents from Beacon Academy to get the school to leave AET control and go back under Leicestershire County Council control.  Parents and campaigners want the school to be cut loose from AET after Ofsted, the inspector, repeatedly found that the school “requires improvement”.

This news comes as it is reported that the CEO of AET is due to visit Beacon Academy with Nicky Morgan MP during September.

Stuart Brady, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Loughborough said: “this pay rise means that the CEO of failing academy chain AET is getting around double the Prime Minister’s pay packet.  Many parents in Loughborough and across the country will be outraged by such wages at a time when schools have experienced real terms cuts of around 8%, since 2009.”

“Parents of children at Beacon Academy were already very angry at the way AET has handled what used to be a fantastic community school.  This pay increase for failure will certainly add to that anger.”

“I would implore people to visit the Facebook Page “Beacon Academy Parents Against AET” and sign the petition that group has organised.”

“This is a symptom of a system of school ownership and control which is plainly undemocratic and out of control.  Academies are being run by people who are often not competent to do so.  Nicky Morgan MP was a staunch advocate of academy schools as Education Secretary and still is.  As Loughborough’s MP I will not be.”

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