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Parents oppose academy plans with song

Parents have come together to record a song in opposition of their children's school becoming an academy.

The parents, whose children attend Hove Park School, set up the pressure group Hands Off Hove Park and recorded the song as part of their campaign.

They will pile into Transmission Studios in Hove on Friday to record their protest song.

The school announced last month it was considering, alongside other options, becoming an academy.

Robb Johnson, a parent who wrote and has performed the song, said: “The school just weren't responding to our emails and letters so we thought we would sing at them instead - we just want our voices heard.

“Although it's quite a fun thing to do, I hope it'll show them how committed we are to this and how seriously we're taking it.”

Hove Park headteacher Derek Trimmer held the school's first consultation meeting on Monday and Hands Off Hove Park handed out leaflets to up to 30 parents.

The pressure group, lead by parent Sharon Duggal, is up to 164 members and a petition has fetched more than 1,500 signatures.

She said: “The fact that families, teachers, the local authority, local residents and the community are campaigning so hard against the proposal shows how much they care.

“They simply do not believe this is the right direction for our school. The Governors need to examine why we all feel this way - what our oppositions are based on and why the senior leadership team think they are right.

“They also need to consider what happens when the current senior leadership team move on.

“Are the governors confident the decisions they make now are the right ones for the future?”

She added: “The song is part of a wide-reaching campaign with many parents, grandparents and students offering the time, skills and expertise they have to support it.

“This includes educationalists, writers and musicians including Robb who has penned this brilliantly catchy song which perfectly captures the sentiment.”

Mr Trimmer was unavailable for comment yesterday.

To hear the song, visit theargus.co.uk/news.

Lyrics

Dear Mr Trimmer, dear Michael Gove, On behalf of the people of Brighton and Hove.

We won't be bullied or bribed or fooled, Hands off Hove Park School.

Chorus

Whose school? Our school.

Not yours, Trimmer and Gove.

Whose School? Our School.

Keep it Brighton and Hove.

We like our school the way it is, Cos it's a school and not a business.

Privatisation just makes things worse, We want a school that puts children first.

Chorus

You put the con in consultation, Cos we vote for state education.

You keep things quiet (shh!) but we sing loudly, No backroom bungs from Apple of Saudi.

Chorus

Hands off Hove Park (x6)

Keep it Brighton and Hove Hands off Hove Park (x6) 

Keep it Brighton and Hove (x3)

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7:04am Wed 14 May 14

Anna Phylactic says...

Well that song has swung it for me. Make it an Academy.
Well that song has swung it for me. Make it an Academy. Anna Phylactic
  • Score: -1

8:06am Wed 14 May 14

FC says...

Transmission Studios in is Lewes, not Hove.

So a local group of parents trying to save a local school couldn't even record it locally?

OK!
Transmission Studios in is Lewes, not Hove. So a local group of parents trying to save a local school couldn't even record it locally? OK! FC
  • Score: -6

9:41am Wed 14 May 14

Andy R says...

FC wrote:
Transmission Studios in is Lewes, not Hove.

So a local group of parents trying to save a local school couldn't even record it locally?

OK!
Transmission Studios,
Unit 5, Hove Enterprise Centre, Basin Road North, Brighton BN41 1UY
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: Transmission Studios in is Lewes, not Hove. So a local group of parents trying to save a local school couldn't even record it locally? OK![/p][/quote]Transmission Studios, Unit 5, Hove Enterprise Centre, Basin Road North, Brighton BN41 1UY Andy R
  • Score: 5

10:21pm Wed 14 May 14

ourcoalition says...

Excellent idea - take the pee out of a half baked experiment with a song!!!

By the way, did anyone see the article in yesterday's Guardian - Primary School Academy Head teacher pays himself £203,000 per annum, plus expenses - roughly 3 times more than the Heads of our Council run schools - says it all about Hove Park in my view.
Excellent idea - take the pee out of a half baked experiment with a song!!! By the way, did anyone see the article in yesterday's Guardian - Primary School Academy Head teacher pays himself £203,000 per annum, plus expenses - roughly 3 times more than the Heads of our Council run schools - says it all about Hove Park in my view. ourcoalition
  • Score: 1

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