Why is Action4 Henry's & Bablake asking for funding support?
Action4 Henry's & Bablake is working hard to save King Henry VIII School and Bablake School from a catastrophic and unwanted merger, being proposed by Coventry School Foundation, the overarching body which runs both schools. These two leading independent schools have operated separately and successfully for hundreds of years (1545 and 1344 respectively), as proved by the many thousands of alumni whose lives have been shaped and nurtured by them. There is no justifiable basis for the merger, which will cause huge detriment to pupils, parents and staff.
We think that the Charity Commission is very likely to criticise the Coventry School Foundation governors for various governance failures when it concludes its investigation into the Foundation and reports back, in the next couple of weeks or so.
However, it is almost certain that legal action will also be needed to actually block the merger and save King Henry VIII and Bablake Schools as two distinct and successful schools. We are instructing Irwin Mitchell LLP, a leading law firm who are experts in advising on disputes in the Education Sector, to help us reach this outcome. The cost of this legal advice will run into the tens of thousands of pounds, and if we serve an injunction against the Governors we will probably need to follow it up by serving a formal claim in the High Court specifically in order to block the merger proposal. If we go all the way to trial, the costs may realistically reach around £75,000.
A lot of work has already been done so far in order to push back against the proposals, but the time has come where we need to ask you directly for help to save both King Henry VIII and Bablake schools. We are asking you to make a donation, for any amount at all, to our Legal Fund in order to help pay for legal advice to help block the merger proposal. The Fund is being carefully managed by the John Hales Society and all expenditure will be overseen / countersigned so that no individual can unilaterally utilise the Fund.
Please, please support with what you can. If everyone just in the private Facebook page for example gave £30 we would hit the stated target. If you can give more it would go so much further - and ideally we can fund education as well as save the schools. To the extent that any amount of your donation is ultimately not required to pay for legal advice, any balance remaining will be used to fund bursaries at both schools (evenly split).
If you feel that your school helped to give you a positive start in life or that the merger is likely to impact you, we hope that you feel able to give something back at a time when the schools are under an immediate threat.
- Jon Frith
- Sophie Allcock
- Andrew Carpenter
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