A campaign to stop the forced takeover of a secondary school has failed, with the academy trust now in control saying it will "strive to build on the school's own DNA to improve outcomes for all students".
Barclay School's governing body has responsed to comments from the Future Academies Trust about its planned takeover of the Stevenage school - saying the FAT "could have responded to questions from staff at any time".
As teachers at The Barclay School in Stevenage prepare to take strike action tomorrow (Wednesday), professional golfer Ian Poulter has joined the campaign to stop the imminent takeover over of the school by an academy trust.
Barclay School's NEU union representative and the county councillor for the area have hit back at claims from the Stevenage MP that concern surrounding the secondary school becoming an academy is down to "silly scaremongering".
Staff at Stevenage's Barclay School have been told their employment will transfer to Future Academies on February 1 - with an education union spokesman describing the timing of the announcement as "scandalous".