Parents of pupils at a Greenwich School are planning a legal battle with Ofsted after the school’s bad report has forced it down the path of academisation.

The John Roan School was handed an academy order after Ofsted branded the school “inadequate” in its latest inspection.

Parents had been anticipating this move for a while as the school has had five head teachers in as many years and saw a drop in GCSE results and increasing number of temporary teachers.

However many feel that the order is still not required, especially as the newest head teacher Cath Smith had only been in charge a month before the inspection took place.

Anneli Harrison has a son at the school and she told News Shopper she felt the latest Ofsted report was “unjust”.

She said: “The thing that parents are really angry about is that the school said they would not challenge the Ofsted report before it came out. We found that very strange.

“It’s been completely mismanaged but it’s not the fault of the teaching staff. The teaching staff has been good.

“To turn it into an academy is just failing the children even more. Nobody wants this, not the parents or the teachers.”

Teachers and parents are planning to picket outside of the school tomorrow morning (June 20) to protest the academisation and are planning to take Ofsted to court over the decision.

Tim Woodcock, from the National Education Union, said: “Parents and teachers have not been given any voice in this process and there seems to be no collaboration with the LA to defend John Roan’s legacy.

“Both parents and teachers believe the school should be re-inspected and are exploring legal recourse in respect to both the OFSTED inspection and the Academy Order.”

A spokesperson from Ofsted said: "John Roan School was judged to be inadequate because it has serious weaknesses.

"However, the school was not placed in special measures and the published report points to the positive impact of the new head teacher and a number of improvements the school is starting to make.

"Despite these improvements, pupils are not yet getting the education they deserve.

"If a school is unhappy with how its inspection was carried out, it can complain using the complaints process on our website.

"Ofsted does not comment on individual complaints, but we take all complaints and concerns seriously."