Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.
Controversial headteacher is staying on
A controversial headteacher who suspended scores of pupils has had his tenure extended.
James Fox hit headlines with his hardline stance, leaving more than 25 pupils suspended in his first week of term in January.
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) is currently hunting for a permanent headteacher.
In the meantime it has confirmed Mr Fox will stay on as interim head for another term.
Despite requests from The Argus, we have been unable to interview Mr Fox about his policies as he is only the interim headteacher.
But his position did not stop him launching a crackdown on uniform infringements which divided opinion among staff, students and parents.
He left his former job under a cloud of mystery, with a legal agreement signed preventing the reasons for his leaving becoming public.
His arrival also coincided with the academy telling 25 students they were being transferred from the sixth form to other colleges next academic year.
The academy was also criticised by Ofsted inspectors in January.
They said it “required improvement” and was failing to manage the behaviour of its most challenging pupils.
Chairwoman of governors Honor Wilson-Fletcher said: “Everyone on the governing body wishes me to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the staff at PACA for their commitment and positive responses to the challenges facing the academy, most importantly in the wake of the Ofsted inspection just before Christmas.
“Whilst the governors have of course been focusing on the recommendations of the Ofsted report as a priority, we are also aware that staff will be anxious to know what we intend for PACA in terms of leadership.
"This is to confirm that we will be advertising for a permanent principal very shortly, before the end of February, with the intention that the successful candidate would commence in this role from September.
“In the meantime, we are very pleased that James Fox has agreed to stay on as interim principal until the end of the summer term.
“We will do our best to let you know the outcome of our recruitment search as soon as possible.”