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Hove Park governors to discuss academy position
Governors at improving Hove Park School will discuss proposals for a controversial move to academy status on March 31.
Union leaders met with the head teacher and senior staff at the school on Monday night to discuss the plans.
Reps from both the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Unison told The Argus that city-wide strike action was a possibility if the school went ahead with proposals.
Paul Shellard, from the NUT, described the meeting as “useful” and said there was an “exchange of views” from both sides.
He said: “We met with the headteacher and his senior management team to discuss recent developments.
“It was a useful meeting and there was an exchange of views but nothing is decided.
“We expressed our opposition to academy conversion and the school explained why they thought it was a possibility.”
For a school to progress with an application for academy conversion the governing body must first agree on the move in principal.
Brighton and Hove schools have largely shunned academy status with just Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and Brighton Aldridge Community Academy making the move.
If Hove Park, which has been named in the top 100 improving schools nationally, went ahead with conversion, the unions fear others in the city could make the move.
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