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Hove Park parents will take action in protest of the school's academy plans

The Argus: The audience when asked who opposed Hove Park becoming an academy The audience when asked who opposed Hove Park becoming an academy

A school community has voted unanimously against plans to become an academy and has vowed to carry out direct action to get their voices heard. 

More than 150 people crammed into a meeting at Bishop Hannington Church in Nevill Avenue, Hove, tonight organised by a group of parents opposing Hove Park School becoming an academy.  

Councillor Sue Shanks chairwoman of the Children and Young People Committee and Conservative Councillor Andrew Wealls sat on the panel and fielded questions during the heated meeting which lasted more than an hour and a half. 

When asked whether parents would be prepared to take their children out of school, dozens raised their hands while about 95% of the audience voted to take part in direct action. 

Almost everyone in the room raised their hand when asked if they disagreed with Hove Park School becoming an academy (pictured). 

Nick Childs, regional officer for the National Union of Teachers, challenged Coun Shanks to conduct a parents and staff ballot to gauge the level of support and the Green councillor agreed.

A number of speakers including parents, students and academy experts delivered rousing speeches, but headteacher Derek Trimmer and his chair of governors did not attend after being invited to sit on the panel. 

A spokeswoman for Hands Off Hove Park School, who organised the meeting, said: "The meeting was brilliant. 

"It was really great to get everyone in the room and discuss this issue. 

"We will be having a meeting to see what action we are going to take.

"The only way we are going to be heard is by making some noise."

Don't miss a full report on the meeting coming up in The Argus. 

 

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10:41pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I think you mean unanimously as they aren't anonymous as their photo is right there in front of us.
Where are the subs? Tragic.
I think you mean unanimously as they aren't anonymous as their photo is right there in front of us. Where are the subs? Tragic. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 17

11:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

KarenT says...

What is an academy as opposed to a school?
What is an academy as opposed to a school? KarenT
  • Score: 3

3:51am Wed 30 Apr 14

Dave At Home says...

An academy is not accountable to the LEA (Local Education Authority) and the academy makes up their own curriculum which can be anything they want. I hated when PCC lost all local control but of course the new owners will make it work for the first few years.

The question I ask is why would anyone/anybody would want to buy a school full of kids? I would have no objections if someone like Virgin or JCB wanted to buy the school but these people, who are they and what is there motive for wanting to own a school?
An academy is not accountable to the LEA (Local Education Authority) and the academy makes up their own curriculum which can be anything they want. I hated when PCC lost all local control but of course the new owners will make it work for the first few years. The question I ask is why would anyone/anybody would want to buy a school full of kids? I would have no objections if someone like Virgin or JCB wanted to buy the school but these people, who are they and what is there motive for wanting to own a school? Dave At Home
  • Score: 4

4:07am Wed 30 Apr 14

Zeta Function says...

What is an academy school?

Academy schools are independent of local authority control. They are sponsored by businesses, charities, faith bodies, universities and are self governing.

The funding comes directly from the Education Funding Agency rather than local authorities. They were set up under Blair led Labour..

They have been costly, forced upon communities, some say a move towards privatising education. They can choose their pupils, and this is said to undermine communities and lessen accountability via elected local authorities.
What is an academy school? Academy schools are independent of local authority control. They are sponsored by businesses, charities, faith bodies, universities and are self governing. The funding comes directly from the Education Funding Agency rather than local authorities. They were set up under Blair led Labour.. They have been costly, forced upon communities, some say a move towards privatising education. They can choose their pupils, and this is said to undermine communities and lessen accountability via elected local authorities. Zeta Function
  • Score: 12

8:21am Wed 30 Apr 14

brightonline says...

Good grief, why can't the Schmargus check what they are printing?!
Good grief, why can't the Schmargus check what they are printing?! brightonline
  • Score: -2

12:50pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

I wonder if Sue Shanks will carry out her pledge to conduct a parents and staff ballot as she committed to last night.

Great meeting. Some excellent speeches. Including from the student who spoke very well.

And well done to Andrew Wealls for having the guts to sit on the panel.

Labour councillors were conspicuous by their absence (despite belonging to the party which introduced academies).
I wonder if Sue Shanks will carry out her pledge to conduct a parents and staff ballot as she committed to last night. Great meeting. Some excellent speeches. Including from the student who spoke very well. And well done to Andrew Wealls for having the guts to sit on the panel. Labour councillors were conspicuous by their absence (despite belonging to the party which introduced academies). Quiterie
  • Score: 8

3:48pm Wed 30 Apr 14

crazy_plan says...

Becoming an academy is the quickest way for the Head to give himself a nice pay rise. I am not surprised that he missed the meeting as it is not in his interest to debate this issue.
Becoming an academy is the quickest way for the Head to give himself a nice pay rise. I am not surprised that he missed the meeting as it is not in his interest to debate this issue. crazy_plan
  • Score: 10

5:00pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Andy R says...

Quiterie wrote:
I wonder if Sue Shanks will carry out her pledge to conduct a parents and staff ballot as she committed to last night.

Great meeting. Some excellent speeches. Including from the student who spoke very well.

And well done to Andrew Wealls for having the guts to sit on the panel.

Labour councillors were conspicuous by their absence (despite belonging to the party which introduced academies).
Anne Pissaridou was there, apparently, but had nothing to say.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: I wonder if Sue Shanks will carry out her pledge to conduct a parents and staff ballot as she committed to last night. Great meeting. Some excellent speeches. Including from the student who spoke very well. And well done to Andrew Wealls for having the guts to sit on the panel. Labour councillors were conspicuous by their absence (despite belonging to the party which introduced academies).[/p][/quote]Anne Pissaridou was there, apparently, but had nothing to say. Andy R
  • Score: 1

5:55pm Wed 30 Apr 14

parentof4 says...

Good luck to them. Judging by proposed Government plans the future for academies and free schools is not so bright.

http://sharemyschool
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Good luck to them. Judging by proposed Government plans the future for academies and free schools is not so bright. http://sharemyschool .com/blog/2014/4/pla ns-being-drawn-up-by -the-government-put- school-land-at-furth er-risk parentof4
  • Score: 1

8:51pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

Andy R wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
I wonder if Sue Shanks will carry out her pledge to conduct a parents and staff ballot as she committed to last night.

Great meeting. Some excellent speeches. Including from the student who spoke very well.

And well done to Andrew Wealls for having the guts to sit on the panel.

Labour councillors were conspicuous by their absence (despite belonging to the party which introduced academies).
Anne Pissaridou was there, apparently, but had nothing to say.
Exactly my point. She should have been on the panel.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: I wonder if Sue Shanks will carry out her pledge to conduct a parents and staff ballot as she committed to last night. Great meeting. Some excellent speeches. Including from the student who spoke very well. And well done to Andrew Wealls for having the guts to sit on the panel. Labour councillors were conspicuous by their absence (despite belonging to the party which introduced academies).[/p][/quote]Anne Pissaridou was there, apparently, but had nothing to say.[/p][/quote]Exactly my point. She should have been on the panel. Quiterie
  • Score: 3

12:36am Thu 1 May 14

The Real Phil says...

It was bad enough serving time on the barricades over the postcode placements of the last decade. I truly feel sorry for parents who are faced with the prospect of their children ending up in Academy Schools.
It was bad enough serving time on the barricades over the postcode placements of the last decade. I truly feel sorry for parents who are faced with the prospect of their children ending up in Academy Schools. The Real Phil
  • Score: 4

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