Westminster Labour Councillors have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to mount an inquiry into the Future Group’s stewardship of Pimlico Primary Academy and its sister schools, Churchill Gardens Primary Academy and Millbank Primary Academy, following the resignation of Pimlico Primary Academy Head Annelise Briggs after just six months as Head.
Ms Briggs was appointed as Head early this year by the Future Group despite her having no school teaching experience and no experience of running a school.
The Future Group is run by long-standing Conservative Party donor, Lord Nash who was appointed a junior Education Minister this year and works under Education Secretary Michael Gove.
The resignation of Ms Briggs as Pimlico Primary Head teacher follows the resignation of the acting Head Teacher at Churchill Gardens Primary Academy (another Future school), Susan Rankin-Reid, who has announced that she is leaving at Christmas. Susan Rankin-Reid was appointed as acting Head following the takeover of the school by Future in July.
While at Millbank Primary Academy, another local state primary school taken over by Future, the headteacher Alyson Russen is now executive head of all three Future primary schools. Her deputy is acting up as head of Millbank, and the teacher who was acting as Millbank Academy deputy is now at Pimlico Primary acting as Head Teacher, leaving Millbank Primary Academy with a below strength leadership team.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“The chaos at Pimlico, Churchill Gardens and Millbank Primary Academies, all run by the Future Group which is led by a Conservative Education Minister, needs to be sorted out without delay. Michael Gove is clearly conflicted and cannot conduct an inquiry into his own junior Minister’s affairs. The Prime Minister needs to act swiftly so that parents and pupils at these three schools can be confident that all three schools are being managed in a competent and effective manner.”