Sadly this Wandsworth's enthusiasm for off loading all their schools flies in the face of all the evidence that, if a school needs to improve, it will improve very much faster if it remains as a local authority school. It is also the case that schools which are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted are more likely to deteriorate if they become academies. One thing is clear is that, in general, the top salaries in academy groups are higher than they would be if the schools remained with the local authority - which makes one wonder if that might be the motivation for heads to be keen to make their schools into academies.
One of the other very worrying aspects of the fragmentation of education because of academies and "free" schools is that there seems to be a problem of tracking where or, even, if young people are receiving any education at all. One study showed that around 50,000 young people of school age were not in registered education and, of those, 20,000 were not recorded to be receiving any education at all and there was no information of where they were or what they were doing. This should worry every single one of us. When Battersea Park School was taken over by Harris, children were "off rolled" (ie just taken of the school list without any legal process) in some cases it seemed as though this was simply because their exam results would not allow a claim to have improved results!!
Perhaps, the rejection of young people in this way might be contributing to the concern being expressed about the increase in the number of young people being involved in crime.