Pupils and parents gather for academy protest

Pupils and parents gather for academy protest

Pupils and parents gather for academy protest

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Parents and pupils joined together to protest against the planned academy conversion of an improved school.

Around 50 people gathered at the gates of Hove Park School, in Nevill Road, as senior school staff held a consultation event.

The protesters handed out leaflets, waved banners and sang their anti-academy song as parents, teachers and governors attended the session.

Sharon Duggal, from the Hands Off Hove Park Group, said: “We had a really good turnout with parents, students and pupils from the feeder schools.

“The message is that we want to keep our school as a local community school with a fair and equal admissions policy and local decision making and accountability. We don’t want it to become a business.”

The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status.

A consultation evening for parents of Year 11 students will be held tonight at 6pm at the Valley Campus in Hangleton Way.

For more details visit www.hovepark.brighton-hove.sch.uk.

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9:55am Wed 21 May 14

LB says...

"The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status. "

This says it all.

The consultation is a sham.
"The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status. " This says it all. The consultation is a sham. LB
  • Score: 15

10:33am Wed 21 May 14

andrewedmondson says...

Yes of course it is a sham. They all are. But if Brighton and Hove can't fight the academies program, I don't there is any hope for the rest of the country.

Keep up the protest and don't give up. Publish all of the glaring problems of the so-called public consultation; there will be many.

How one or two people can decide to change to an academy is beyond me. Our education system is becoming a laughing stock of the world.

If you fail, let's hope the sponsor is not a religious one. They are so eager to take over our schools to foist their beliefs on everyone.
Yes of course it is a sham. They all are. But if Brighton and Hove can't fight the academies program, I don't there is any hope for the rest of the country. Keep up the protest and don't give up. Publish all of the glaring problems of the so-called public consultation; there will be many. How one or two people can decide to change to an academy is beyond me. Our education system is becoming a laughing stock of the world. If you fail, let's hope the sponsor is not a religious one. They are so eager to take over our schools to foist their beliefs on everyone. andrewedmondson
  • Score: 12

11:35am Wed 21 May 14

Andy R says...

LB wrote:
"The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status. "

This says it all.

The consultation is a sham.
But actually they didn't. Poor journalism. The school has expressed an interest in academy conversion. So there's all to play for. Portraying it as a "done deal" isn't exactly helpful to the campaign.
[quote][p][bold]LB[/bold] wrote: "The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status. " This says it all. The consultation is a sham.[/p][/quote]But actually they didn't. Poor journalism. The school has expressed an interest in academy conversion. So there's all to play for. Portraying it as a "done deal" isn't exactly helpful to the campaign. Andy R
  • Score: 0

11:45am Wed 21 May 14

Elgabalus says...

Andy R wrote:
LB wrote:
"The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status. "

This says it all.

The consultation is a sham.
But actually they didn't. Poor journalism. The school has expressed an interest in academy conversion. So there's all to play for. Portraying it as a "done deal" isn't exactly helpful to the campaign.
Which campaign is it not helpful to?
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LB[/bold] wrote: "The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status. " This says it all. The consultation is a sham.[/p][/quote]But actually they didn't. Poor journalism. The school has expressed an interest in academy conversion. So there's all to play for. Portraying it as a "done deal" isn't exactly helpful to the campaign.[/p][/quote]Which campaign is it not helpful to? Elgabalus
  • Score: 1

12:04pm Wed 21 May 14

Fairfax Aches says...

Enough indulging of these mollycuddled wasters. Any excuse to avoid work is what it looks like to me. I'm sure there are plenty of Romanian Bulgarians who would be only too happy to take on these jobs without the protest and fuss. Lower cost too, I should say.
Enough indulging of these mollycuddled wasters. Any excuse to avoid work is what it looks like to me. I'm sure there are plenty of Romanian Bulgarians who would be only too happy to take on these jobs without the protest and fuss. Lower cost too, I should say. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -9

12:18pm Wed 21 May 14

Andy R says...

Elgabalus wrote:
Andy R wrote:
LB wrote:
"The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status. "

This says it all.

The consultation is a sham.
But actually they didn't. Poor journalism. The school has expressed an interest in academy conversion. So there's all to play for. Portraying it as a "done deal" isn't exactly helpful to the campaign.
Which campaign is it not helpful to?
The campaign against academy status. Hard to convince people to join a campaign which you've implicitly admitted is already lost.
[quote][p][bold]Elgabalus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LB[/bold] wrote: "The school announced their intentions in March to convert to academy status. " This says it all. The consultation is a sham.[/p][/quote]But actually they didn't. Poor journalism. The school has expressed an interest in academy conversion. So there's all to play for. Portraying it as a "done deal" isn't exactly helpful to the campaign.[/p][/quote]Which campaign is it not helpful to?[/p][/quote]The campaign against academy status. Hard to convince people to join a campaign which you've implicitly admitted is already lost. Andy R
  • Score: 4

12:21pm Wed 21 May 14

Andy R says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
Enough indulging of these mollycuddled wasters. Any excuse to avoid work is what it looks like to me. I'm sure there are plenty of Romanian Bulgarians who would be only too happy to take on these jobs without the protest and fuss. Lower cost too, I should say.
Poe's Law at work here. Especially as it's the Argus Comments site!
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: Enough indulging of these mollycuddled wasters. Any excuse to avoid work is what it looks like to me. I'm sure there are plenty of Romanian Bulgarians who would be only too happy to take on these jobs without the protest and fuss. Lower cost too, I should say.[/p][/quote]Poe's Law at work here. Especially as it's the Argus Comments site! Andy R
  • Score: -1

1:03pm Wed 21 May 14

Fight_Back says...

Maybe one might suggest the those correctly against the academy conversion use the debacle unraveling in Bexhill as an example of what can happen.
Maybe one might suggest the those correctly against the academy conversion use the debacle unraveling in Bexhill as an example of what can happen. Fight_Back
  • Score: 5

10:15pm Wed 21 May 14

ourcoalition says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
Enough indulging of these mollycuddled wasters. Any excuse to avoid work is what it looks like to me. I'm sure there are plenty of Romanian Bulgarians who would be only too happy to take on these jobs without the protest and fuss. Lower cost too, I should say.
Can anyone interpret this for me - or do I need to learn Romanian or Bulgarian? Or even Romanian Bulgarian?
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: Enough indulging of these mollycuddled wasters. Any excuse to avoid work is what it looks like to me. I'm sure there are plenty of Romanian Bulgarians who would be only too happy to take on these jobs without the protest and fuss. Lower cost too, I should say.[/p][/quote]Can anyone interpret this for me - or do I need to learn Romanian or Bulgarian? Or even Romanian Bulgarian? ourcoalition
  • Score: 0

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