Councils should not be allowed to refuse to identify failing schools, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall. His declaration comes after Croydon Council turned down a Freedom of Information request from the Croydon Advertiser newspaper asking for the schools’ names. The schools - said to require “rapid improvement” - claimed they should not be identified because doing so would affect admissions and, as a result, damage them financially.
Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West and UKIP Education Spokesman, said: “It’s always a worry when a publicly-funded body like a council rates secrecy over transparency. Choosing which school your child will attend is one of the most important decisions a parent will ever have to make. It is literally planning for your child’s future.
“To discover that schools that aren’t doing well enough and are in need of improvement would obviously and quite fairly have an effect on those parents’ choices.
“I cannot fathom why councils would be happy to publish the hygiene ratings of takeaways and restaurants while at the same time deliberately cover up the names of schools that are failing children.
“Openness and transparency should always be the starting point for any public body, not least because the people paying all of those wages are the taxpayers.”