Whitehawk Primary academy plans given green light

Plans to convert a primary school to academy status have been given the green light by a potential sponsor.

City College Brighton and Hove will apply to the Department for Education to fund Whitehawk Primary School after governors agreed the proposal on November 9.

Principal of the college, Lynn Thackway, said: “I will be leading the process of working toward academy sponsor status, following the required DfE process.

“This followed an extremely thorough analysis of the strategic, operational and educational implications of the proposal.

“I look forward to working with the school and key stakeholders to ensure success for the staff, children, families and Whitehawk Community.”

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6:27pm Mon 12 Nov 12

mimseycal says...

Didn't the City College take over what was then East Brighton College of Media Arts when it finally closed for the last time in 2005?

Wasn't that following the signing of a 25-year, multimillion pound PFI refurbishment and maintenance contract in the process. Which entailed the building of amongst others a fantastic drama hall which was never used because they didn't have the funds for a drama teacher? Or the installation of highly advanced computers the students couldn't use because there weren't enough properly trained teachers who could supervise the use of the multi-media suite?

Hmmmmmm ...
Didn't the City College take over what was then East Brighton College of Media Arts when it finally closed for the last time in 2005? Wasn't that following the signing of a 25-year, multimillion pound PFI refurbishment and maintenance contract in the process. Which entailed the building of amongst others a fantastic drama hall which was never used because they didn't have the funds for a drama teacher? Or the installation of highly advanced computers the students couldn't use because there weren't enough properly trained teachers who could supervise the use of the multi-media suite? Hmmmmmm ... mimseycal

7:21pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Absolutely right mimseycal.
Stanley Deason was a failing school so changed its name to Comart and brought in a headteacher from a top private school who couldn't get any progress with the school either and left. I understand the biggest obstacle wasn't the kids not wanting to learn, but the parents not being interested in their kids' education.
The school closed and has since been taken over by City College.
You can change a name but sadly you can't change the aspirations of some of the parents who may have been failed themselves.
And I don't include all parents on the estate, there were some great parents, sadly they seemed to be in the minority.
Absolutely right mimseycal. Stanley Deason was a failing school so changed its name to Comart and brought in a headteacher from a top private school who couldn't get any progress with the school either and left. I understand the biggest obstacle wasn't the kids not wanting to learn, but the parents not being interested in their kids' education. The school closed and has since been taken over by City College. You can change a name but sadly you can't change the aspirations of some of the parents who may have been failed themselves. And I don't include all parents on the estate, there were some great parents, sadly they seemed to be in the minority. Maxwell's Ghost

8:14pm Mon 12 Nov 12

ourcoalition says...

Both partly correct - Comart became part of the PFI scheme until Jarvis, the contractors left. Then City College took over part of the buildings on a peppercorn rent from the Council.

What is more interesting to ask, is why City College want to run a Primary School (ages up to 11), but not a Secondary School (ages up to 16, when young people go to College)?!! Unless, of course, they plan exactly that!!!

Saddest part of this - the exceptional work put in by teachers and support staff over the last 2 years, first, to take the school out of "special measures", and, second, to produce outstanding improvements in learning. All of that counts for nothing apparently.

Whether run by City College, or one of the big Academy "chains", Whitehawk Primary will be funded by central government, have a Board of mostly (or entirely) appointed Governors -none are required to come from the local community, and joins the Gove inspired "Academy experiment".

Worse performing Secondary School in England and Wales - Bournemouth Academy!!!
Both partly correct - Comart became part of the PFI scheme until Jarvis, the contractors left. Then City College took over part of the buildings on a peppercorn rent from the Council. What is more interesting to ask, is why City College want to run a Primary School (ages up to 11), but not a Secondary School (ages up to 16, when young people go to College)?!! Unless, of course, they plan exactly that!!! Saddest part of this - the exceptional work put in by teachers and support staff over the last 2 years, first, to take the school out of "special measures", and, second, to produce outstanding improvements in learning. All of that counts for nothing apparently. Whether run by City College, or one of the big Academy "chains", Whitehawk Primary will be funded by central government, have a Board of mostly (or entirely) appointed Governors -none are required to come from the local community, and joins the Gove inspired "Academy experiment". Worse performing Secondary School in England and Wales - Bournemouth Academy!!! ourcoalition

8:29pm Mon 12 Nov 12

hubby says...

GCSE's in TDA,D&D and ABH.
BTEC's in Making crack cocaine,finding a vein and grassing.

Go on the Hawk.
GCSE's in TDA,D&D and ABH. BTEC's in Making crack cocaine,finding a vein and grassing. Go on the Hawk. hubby

8:51pm Mon 12 Nov 12

The Real Phil says...

Converting a primary school to an academy? What a shame that these children are being written off by society at such a young age.
Converting a primary school to an academy? What a shame that these children are being written off by society at such a young age. The Real Phil

9:42pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

hubby you really need to stop pretending that B&H has Moss Side types of council estates. Do you like to tell your mates that the city has rough estates like its edgy and hard and that you once dared to go there like it's some kind of no-go zone?
You are a fantasist.
They may be the poorer people of the city, but Manchester, Liverpool, London rough they aint.
Actually there are a handful of chav families, the rest are just ordinary folk.
The crime rates compared to other parts of the city are very low.
Oh and you will find that more crack makers and dealers have been picked up from the larger houses in Peacehaven and Seaford than in East Brighton and more top end dealers come from Hove.
Do you really think dealers would live in East Brighton.
Plank.
hubby you really need to stop pretending that B&H has Moss Side types of council estates. Do you like to tell your mates that the city has rough estates like its edgy and hard and that you once dared to go there like it's some kind of no-go zone? You are a fantasist. They may be the poorer people of the city, but Manchester, Liverpool, London rough they aint. Actually there are a handful of chav families, the rest are just ordinary folk. The crime rates compared to other parts of the city are very low. Oh and you will find that more crack makers and dealers have been picked up from the larger houses in Peacehaven and Seaford than in East Brighton and more top end dealers come from Hove. Do you really think dealers would live in East Brighton. Plank. Maxwell's Ghost

10:28pm Mon 12 Nov 12

mimseycal says...

ourcoalition wrote:
Both partly correct - Comart became part of the PFI scheme until Jarvis, the contractors left. Then City College took over part of the buildings on a peppercorn rent from the Council.

What is more interesting to ask, is why City College want to run a Primary School (ages up to 11), but not a Secondary School (ages up to 16, when young people go to College)?!! Unless, of course, they plan exactly that!!!

Saddest part of this - the exceptional work put in by teachers and support staff over the last 2 years, first, to take the school out of "special measures", and, second, to produce outstanding improvements in learning. All of that counts for nothing apparently.

Whether run by City College, or one of the big Academy "chains", Whitehawk Primary will be funded by central government, have a Board of mostly (or entirely) appointed Governors -none are required to come from the local community, and joins the Gove inspired "Academy experiment".

Worse performing Secondary School in England and Wales - Bournemouth Academy!!!
I remember the closure of Comart. I attended a meeting where residents against the closure were informed by the representatives of the local education authority (Brighton & Hove City Council) that this was because the number of secondary school age pupils was falling in the area and therefore they had determined to close the school.
[quote][p][bold]ourcoalition[/bold] wrote: Both partly correct - Comart became part of the PFI scheme until Jarvis, the contractors left. Then City College took over part of the buildings on a peppercorn rent from the Council. What is more interesting to ask, is why City College want to run a Primary School (ages up to 11), but not a Secondary School (ages up to 16, when young people go to College)?!! Unless, of course, they plan exactly that!!! Saddest part of this - the exceptional work put in by teachers and support staff over the last 2 years, first, to take the school out of "special measures", and, second, to produce outstanding improvements in learning. All of that counts for nothing apparently. Whether run by City College, or one of the big Academy "chains", Whitehawk Primary will be funded by central government, have a Board of mostly (or entirely) appointed Governors -none are required to come from the local community, and joins the Gove inspired "Academy experiment". Worse performing Secondary School in England and Wales - Bournemouth Academy!!![/p][/quote]I remember the closure of Comart. I attended a meeting where residents against the closure were informed by the representatives of the local education authority (Brighton & Hove City Council) that this was because the number of secondary school age pupils was falling in the area and therefore they had determined to close the school. mimseycal

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