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Hove teachers say 'no' to plans for academy

The Argus: Hove Park School Hove Park School

Nine out of ten teachers at an improving school have voted against it becoming an academy.

Unions representing teaching staff at Hove Park School held the ballot after the head teacher announced the move was being considered.

The school is one of the country’s most improved in recent years, with the number of students achieving five A* to C GCSEs up by 25%.

School governors were last night set to discuss the plans and potentially “express an interest” in conversion. If the plan is supported by governors the school would be free to continue with the academy plans.

Paul Shellard, secretary of Brighton and Hove National Union of Teachers (NUT), said: “Staff who have worked so hard to raise achievement levels at the school do not want it to branch out alone with the threat of worse pay and conditions.

“The priority must be education not deregulation. That’s why staff are so firm in their opposition.”

Union leaders have previously suggested teachers could go on strike across the city if academy plans are pushed forward at Hove Park School.

Although state-funded, academies act as independent from local authority control. As a result they have more freedom with finances, curriculum, term dates and the hiring of unqualified teachers.

Ninety-four teachers and staff from Unison, the NUT and NASUWT voted in the ballot. Eighty-one said they were against the move while 13 voted in favour.

Denise Knutson of Unison, said its members were “very concerned” about the proposal.

She added: “The school results have improved and they can see no benefits to the students and their education by considering this change.”

A parents’ group called Hands off Hove Park School has also been founded. A spokeswoman said: “This is about our children and our community and we feel we have the right to be part of any discussion that may affect our future.”

Mike Nicholls, chairman of governors at the school, said many staff members did not take part in the ballot.

He said: “If governors decide that there are potential benefits of academy status, we will begin a formal consultation process that includes parents and students.”

For the result from the governor’s meeting see The Argus tomorrow.

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10:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

LB says...

Was good to see a demo outside the school last night.

Mr Trimmer, the governors and the senior managers he has appointed should focus on continuing to improve the school rather than distracting themselves with this academy nonsense.
Was good to see a demo outside the school last night. Mr Trimmer, the governors and the senior managers he has appointed should focus on continuing to improve the school rather than distracting themselves with this academy nonsense. LB
  • Score: 9

3:14pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Tel Scoomer says...

You don't need to wait for tomorrow's Argus for a report of last night's meeting. There was a report on the excellent Brighton and Hove News website before this rather stale story was even posted.
Why the fuss about another academy at this late stage? We've got several already in Brighton and Hove and they seem ti run very well. Exam results have shot up for some of our most disadvantaged children. And the 2 Aldridge Foundation academies - BACA and PACA - have the best value-added scores using Fisher Family Trust data. That means, a pupil makes more progress on average in 5 years at those two academy schools than in any of the (non-academy) schools in local authority control.
What specific benefits does the local authority provide for children at Hove Park School? Or are the benefits only for the staff? The school said that pay and pensions won't be changing. Nor will the school day, holidays and the length of each term.
A rapidly growing number of schools are becoming academies and there is a proliferation of multi-academy trusts. Why should our schools be left behind? They'll end up being part of someone else's multi-academy trust a few years down the road - regardless of whether the Tories or Labour get in at the general election next year.
Let Hove Park lead the way. Those running the place have turned a poorly performing and unpopular school into a successful and improving one. They're helping nearby West Blatch too. Time to be positive!
You don't need to wait for tomorrow's Argus for a report of last night's meeting. There was a report on the excellent Brighton and Hove News website before this rather stale story was even posted. Why the fuss about another academy at this late stage? We've got several already in Brighton and Hove and they seem ti run very well. Exam results have shot up for some of our most disadvantaged children. And the 2 Aldridge Foundation academies - BACA and PACA - have the best value-added scores using Fisher Family Trust data. That means, a pupil makes more progress on average in 5 years at those two academy schools than in any of the (non-academy) schools in local authority control. What specific benefits does the local authority provide for children at Hove Park School? Or are the benefits only for the staff? The school said that pay and pensions won't be changing. Nor will the school day, holidays and the length of each term. A rapidly growing number of schools are becoming academies and there is a proliferation of multi-academy trusts. Why should our schools be left behind? They'll end up being part of someone else's multi-academy trust a few years down the road - regardless of whether the Tories or Labour get in at the general election next year. Let Hove Park lead the way. Those running the place have turned a poorly performing and unpopular school into a successful and improving one. They're helping nearby West Blatch too. Time to be positive! Tel Scoomer
  • Score: -5

9:26pm Tue 1 Apr 14

alyn, southwick says...

career progression opportunity - this parent says no (I certainly will not allow my son to start another year there if it goes ahead)
career progression opportunity - this parent says no (I certainly will not allow my son to start another year there if it goes ahead) alyn, southwick
  • Score: 3

9:40pm Tue 1 Apr 14

alyn, southwick says...

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https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/h ove-park-school-gove rnors-and-head-teach er-say-no-to-academy -status-for-hove-par k-school alyn, southwick
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10:41pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Dave At Home says...

It's a done deal then, Nicholls will be gone in 18 months and Trimmer will leave in 12 months time with a very big pay off, thanks very much. I think academies are the worst thing ever for the city of B&H, just because the LEA and the council do not put enough money, time or resources in the schools, the pupils are failing, except for the odd few people who again are/have done very nicely out of the switch. Feel sorry for the teachers and their pupils.
It's a done deal then, Nicholls will be gone in 18 months and Trimmer will leave in 12 months time with a very big pay off, thanks very much. I think academies are the worst thing ever for the city of B&H, just because the LEA and the council do not put enough money, time or resources in the schools, the pupils are failing, except for the odd few people who again are/have done very nicely out of the switch. Feel sorry for the teachers and their pupils. Dave At Home
  • Score: 1

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