Our primary school became an academy in September. During the consultation, we were really not happy about it. We're worried that the school will just do their own thing. We're particularly concerned about what would become of the standards of teaching staff they would hire, as academies have the freedom to employ teachers regardless whether they're qualified or not.
Four months on, and I must admit, I have not seen negative changes to the school. I'm feeling more relaxed about the status. In fact, I think the school provisions for after-school club has never been better. They seem stricter with markings. All in all, it seems better. We've been with the school 9 years now, and my son grew up in its playground, so I think I can make a valid comparison.
Having said that, I would still think twice about good schools becoming an academy. We may have been just lucky.