The ArgusHove Park governors to discuss academy position (From The Argus)

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Hove Park governors to discuss academy position

The Argus: Hove Park School Hove Park School

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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5:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

whatone says...

The governors and the head teacher are simply sniffing the money!

Academisation has nothing to do with raising education standards - it is all to do with the lining of certain pockets!

And the people who it concerns the most will as usual have no say in the matter!

We live in a very corrupt society!
The governors and the head teacher are simply sniffing the money! Academisation has nothing to do with raising education standards - it is all to do with the lining of certain pockets! And the people who it concerns the most will as usual have no say in the matter! We live in a very corrupt society! whatone
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5:56pm Wed 19 Mar 14

what's going on says...

Depressing though it is "whatone" is right, academies are not about improving teaching and learning or about getting new buildings anymore, they are about Head's increasing their pay and not being accountable to their local communities
Depressing though it is "whatone" is right, academies are not about improving teaching and learning or about getting new buildings anymore, they are about Head's increasing their pay and not being accountable to their local communities what's going on
  • Score: 7

7:34am Thu 20 Mar 14

alyn, southwick says...

If their succeeding why change what's working (which I believe has less to do with Mr Gimmick Trimmer and more to do with the main teaching staff and the previous acting head).
By the way I still haven't received the letter the Argus the other day quoted as saying we would have received.
If their succeeding why change what's working (which I believe has less to do with Mr Gimmick Trimmer and more to do with the main teaching staff and the previous acting head). By the way I still haven't received the letter the Argus the other day quoted as saying we would have received. alyn, southwick
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