2,000 parents sign Hands off Hove Park petition

Natasha Steel, left, and Sharon Duggal with the petition

Natasha Steel, left, and Sharon Duggal with the petition

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MORE than 2,000 people have officially opposed plans to convert a school into an academy.

Parent pressure group Hands Off Hove Park presented its petition to the school on Wednesday, which hopes to stop the conversion.

Natasha Steel of Hands Off Hove Park, who handed the petition over with Sharon Duggal, said: “The ultimate goal for us is for the school to take the petition into account when making their decision.

“We believe it’s very significant that so many people have backed our campaign and it highlights the very serious issue of converting schools into academies.” The consultation period is now over at the school and the governors will make the final decision on whether Hove Park School will adopt academy status.

National schools commissioner Frank Green, whose role is to oversee the 4,000 academy schools across England, said: “Hove Park is already rated by Ofsted as good – everyone involved in the school, from teachers and governors, to pupils and parents, deserves great credit for that.

“But it is a great shame there are some people opposed to others’ ambition that the school becomes even better and offers even greater opportunities to its pupils.

“I don’t mind admitting that I am an unashamed cheerleader for academies.

“Academies are about freedom and responsibility – freedom for excellent head teachers to make the right choices for their pupils, responsibility for every aspect of their school and community.

“This approach fits Brighton and Hove’s traditionally open ethos – it is an area that has always welcomed change.”

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10:46am Fri 20 Jun 14

whatone says...

The only 'freedom' Frank Green is interested in is the 'freedom' for private companies to make a profit from education at the expense of the taxpayer and for a few individuals to rake in the money from dodgy deals!

People like this aren't interested in what is best for the pupils!

It doesn't matter how many sign the petition, because the tories have made sure that democracy doesn't count !

The reason why they removed the right for a vote by parents (which was the practice with the forerunner to academies, namely grant maintained schools) is because hardly anyone voted in favour!

They didn't like the result, simply changed the rules!
The only 'freedom' Frank Green is interested in is the 'freedom' for private companies to make a profit from education at the expense of the taxpayer and for a few individuals to rake in the money from dodgy deals! People like this aren't interested in what is best for the pupils! It doesn't matter how many sign the petition, because the tories have made sure that democracy doesn't count ! The reason why they removed the right for a vote by parents (which was the practice with the forerunner to academies, namely grant maintained schools) is because hardly anyone voted in favour! They didn't like the result, simply changed the rules! whatone
  • Score: 13

1:06pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Rock_UK says...

"Academies are about freedom and responsibility – freedom for excellent head teachers to make the right choices for their pupils, responsibility for every aspect of their school and community."

So freedom of choice for every one.... except of course the parents of the pupils who be on the receiving end of this policy..

Typical example of someone so blinkered by their personal agenda that imposing that agenda on unwilling recipients is, to them, just an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence. I have no respect whatsoever for such people..
"Academies are about freedom and responsibility – freedom for excellent head teachers to make the right choices for their pupils, responsibility for every aspect of their school and community." So freedom of choice for every one.... except of course the parents of the pupils who be on the receiving end of this policy.. Typical example of someone so blinkered by their personal agenda that imposing that agenda on unwilling recipients is, to them, just an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence. I have no respect whatsoever for such people.. Rock_UK
  • Score: 2

1:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Fozborn says...

First thing to say is that I am a parent of children at Hove Park and I would describe myself as a bit of an agnostic on the issue of Academy Status. There seems to be rather a lot of misleading information from various sources on this.
The head and governors refer to a "consultation process". This is clearly wrong as they have little interest in consulting and are simply working through a tick box exercise. I still really want to know the genuine views of the parent governors on this matter. They were elected by the parents to represent us on the governors board. They should be best placed to judge the merits of this proposal. Can we hear from the parent governors please?
However in the interests of fairness the above headline is misinformation from another source....
********MISLEADING ARGUS HEADLINE CLAXON********
The 2000 signatories are not all parents at the school but include many others with no parental link but who signed the petition in George Street or wherever else signatories were collected.
There are undoubtedly a lot of parents vehemently against the academy proposal. I've only spoken to a couple in favour. But there are a lot like me in the undecided camp and we are not being helped by either side in this situation.
First thing to say is that I am a parent of children at Hove Park and I would describe myself as a bit of an agnostic on the issue of Academy Status. There seems to be rather a lot of misleading information from various sources on this. The head and governors refer to a "consultation process". This is clearly wrong as they have little interest in consulting and are simply working through a tick box exercise. I still really want to know the genuine views of the parent governors on this matter. They were elected by the parents to represent us on the governors board. They should be best placed to judge the merits of this proposal. Can we hear from the parent governors please? However in the interests of fairness the above headline is misinformation from another source.... ********MISLEADING ARGUS HEADLINE CLAXON******** The 2000 signatories are not all parents at the school but include many others with no parental link but who signed the petition in George Street or wherever else signatories were collected. There are undoubtedly a lot of parents vehemently against the academy proposal. I've only spoken to a couple in favour. But there are a lot like me in the undecided camp and we are not being helped by either side in this situation. Fozborn
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Fri 20 Jun 14

SchoolWorker says...

"Leigh Academies Trust, run by Frank Green, the schools commissioner, has paid £111,469 for consultancy work since 2010 to Shoreline, a company he founded. "

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/education/edu
cationnews/10567498/
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Is it any wonder that some of us are worried by the whole idea of academies?
"Leigh Academies Trust, run by Frank Green, the schools commissioner, has paid £111,469 for consultancy work since 2010 to Shoreline, a company he founded. " http://www.telegraph .co.uk/education/edu cationnews/10567498/ Academies-paying-mil lions-to-businesses- linked-to-their-dire ctors.html Is it any wonder that some of us are worried by the whole idea of academies? SchoolWorker
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Fri 20 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

Rock_UK wrote:
"Academies are about freedom and responsibility – freedom for excellent head teachers to make the right choices for their pupils, responsibility for every aspect of their school and community."

So freedom of choice for every one.... except of course the parents of the pupils who be on the receiving end of this policy..

Typical example of someone so blinkered by their personal agenda that imposing that agenda on unwilling recipients is, to them, just an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence. I have no respect whatsoever for such people..
'Receiving end'?

You sound as if you don't want those kiddies to get an education if you disapprove of the way the school operates.
[quote][p][bold]Rock_UK[/bold] wrote: "Academies are about freedom and responsibility – freedom for excellent head teachers to make the right choices for their pupils, responsibility for every aspect of their school and community." So freedom of choice for every one.... except of course the parents of the pupils who be on the receiving end of this policy.. Typical example of someone so blinkered by their personal agenda that imposing that agenda on unwilling recipients is, to them, just an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence. I have no respect whatsoever for such people..[/p][/quote]'Receiving end'? You sound as if you don't want those kiddies to get an education if you disapprove of the way the school operates. stevo!!
  • Score: 0

7:14pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

Anyone wanna buy a cheap iPad? The serial numbers have been worn off in transit, but they're brand new. Cash only.
Anyone wanna buy a cheap iPad? The serial numbers have been worn off in transit, but they're brand new. Cash only. Roundbill
  • Score: -1

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