Auction of entire school ‘a disgrace’ following closure
THE entire contents of a doomed Birmingham school have been put up for sale – with everything from books to minibuses going under the hammer.
The controversial Baverstock Academy, in Druid’s Heath, will close in August after damning Ofsted reports, while police have also launched a fraud inquiry.
Now Birmingham auctioneers MGR Appraisals has been appointed to sell off the entire contents of the academy, which has been in special measures since 2014.
Buyers will be able to bid total of no fewer than 158 ranging from classroom for a items desks, chairs and books to Olympic trampolines, power drills and minibuses.
It is unclear who will receive the proceeds from the sale.
Ofsted reports branded Baverstock Academy as “dilapidated” and teaching as “inadequate”.
In April, the Department of Education confirmed the school was closing following discussions because of its poor performance, a fall in pupil numbers and failure to find a sponsor.
Parents have campaigned unsuccessfully to keep the academy open.
Andrew Elves, an ex-pupil and dad to two children who have also attended the school, branded the huge sale “a disgrace”.
“The Government planned the closure of Baverstock and it seems to me that they are now trying to get whatever they can out of it,” he said.
“We feel that they have disregarded the children and loyal staff.
“I feel sick to my stomach that the proceeds will not go to the staff and children who have missed out.”
Steve McCabe, Labour MP for Selly Oak, has previously criticised the Government for the closure.
He said neighbouring schools were over-subscribed, and parents faced a panic to find new places.
“The contempt shown for Druids Heath over Baverstock is staggering,” Mr McCabe added.
“After ten months of dithering and broken promises the Government have got their way.
“It looks like Theresa May’s idea of helping ordinary people is to close a local school and wash her hands of my constituents. It’s a total disgrace.”
The Save Baverstock campaign, set up by parents, branded the decision “wrong for everyone involved”.
The contents of the Academy are up for sale until July 4, and secret bids can be submitted in writing up until that date.
Potentially the highest value items are two school minibuses, with similar models on sale elsewhere for between £8,000 to £15,000.
In April police launched a fraud probe at the academy.
One arrest was made and two other people voluntarily interviewed, West Midlands Police confirmed.
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