Worthing academy bid could end in strike

Teachers could strike in opposition to a high school’s academy plans, according to union leaders.

West Sussex Anti-Academies said new staff at Worthing High School could be offered different terms and conditions.

James Ellis, from Unison, which is part of the opposition group, said the move would create a “two-tier” workforce.

He said: “The basis for conversion made in the school’s proposals is both weak and misleading. By offering new staff different terms and conditions, a two-tier workforce will be created at Worthing High, raising the prospect of strike action, instability and long-term decline.”

However, Alison Beer, the headteacher at the school, said the move would give them total control over their budget and allow them to invest in facilities such as improving ICT facilities.

The school, in South Farm Road, is currently run by West Sussex County Council and began a consultation this month on whether it should apply for academy status.

Mr Ellis said the local authority would have greater buying power and argued that the school would not be better off as an academy.

He said: “There are only 16 academies in West Sussex, after three years of the council encouraging schools to convert.

“There are none in Worthing. The school’s claim that it will collaborate with other local academies does not stand up to scrutiny. The nearest academy to Worthing High is Sir Robert Woodard in Lancing.

“This school has been placed in special measures of Ofsted which exposes the myth that becoming an academy is a magic solution to a school’s poor performance.”

Mrs Beer said: “The Department for Education said we are a good school and are eligible for academy status. It is about giving children a better education.”

The anti-academies group will hold a public meeting on the issue at St Mary’s Church, Broadwater Road, Worthing, on May 3 at 7.30pm.

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4:45pm Tue 1 May 12

sbiscorrupt says...

The move to make Worthing High an academy should be opposed...

It is the start of privatisation, lest anyone be in any doubt!
The move to make Worthing High an academy should be opposed... It is the start of privatisation, lest anyone be in any doubt! sbiscorrupt

8:21pm Tue 1 May 12

mimseycal says...

Agreed. It will be the sponsors who ultimately control the school through the budget they provide.
Agreed. It will be the sponsors who ultimately control the school through the budget they provide. mimseycal

8:44pm Tue 1 May 12

chilliman says...

Worthing High used to be a good school years ago. Maybe I'm mistaken but the move to academy status doesn't seem to be about good schooling but more of a wheeze, started by the past Labour government, to offload the school.
Worthing High used to be a good school years ago. Maybe I'm mistaken but the move to academy status doesn't seem to be about good schooling but more of a wheeze, started by the past Labour government, to offload the school. chilliman

8:22am Wed 2 May 12

Busterblister says...

sbiscorrupt wrote:
The move to make Worthing High an academy should be opposed...

It is the start of privatisation, lest anyone be in any doubt!
So what? Who cares as long as the kids get the education they need and deserve?
[quote][p][bold]sbiscorrupt[/bold] wrote: The move to make Worthing High an academy should be opposed... It is the start of privatisation, lest anyone be in any doubt![/p][/quote]So what? Who cares as long as the kids get the education they need and deserve? Busterblister

8:30am Wed 2 May 12

mimseycal says...

The long term ramifications are far too dangerous to a free and democratic society.
The long term ramifications are far too dangerous to a free and democratic society. mimseycal

1:44pm Wed 2 May 12

Dave At Home says...

What danger are these people putting their children in? It's not about education, it's about tax fiddles, making money and screwing the system, and the sooner people cop on to this idea that 'Academies are the greatest this since sliced bread' the sooner the education of children might be considered as THE main priority. Has anyone seen the state of the Woodward site recently? Aldridge Portslade is next, massive buildings that become blots on the landscape and also block the views and various signals for the locals. Also let's not forget they are exempt from the FoI act, reminds me a lot a Waco establishment that closed down a few years ago.
What danger are these people putting their children in? It's not about education, it's about tax fiddles, making money and screwing the system, and the sooner people cop on to this idea that 'Academies are the greatest this since sliced bread' the sooner the education of children might be considered as THE main priority. Has anyone seen the state of the Woodward site recently? Aldridge Portslade is next, massive buildings that become blots on the landscape and also block the views and various signals for the locals. Also let's not forget they are exempt from the FoI act, reminds me a lot a Waco establishment that closed down a few years ago. Dave At Home

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