Hove Park School one step toward becoming academy
6:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014 in Education
Some of the country’s most improved schools has taken a step toward academy status after governors voted in favour of the move.
Staff at Hove Park School will now begin a period of consultation before a last vote on whether to formally apply to Department for Education is taken.
Union leaders have branded the verdict “disappointing” adding that strike action is “on the horizon”.
The faculty, which has seen the variety of students achieving five GCSEs at A* to C rocket by 25% over recent years, will be only the city’s third secondary to transform – and the 1st which had not been suffering from poor results.
In a press release issued after the meeting, the school’s chair of governors, Mike Nicholls, confirmed that they had decided to “register an interest” inside the move.
He said: “As a great school with a goal of rapidly moving towards outstanding, the governing body held a gathering to debate the choice of converting to an academy and consulting fully with our stakeholders.
“Governors voted to start out a technique of an educated consultation over the status of the faculty. The consultation will involve Hove Park current and prospective parents and carers, students and staff.”
Paul Shellard, from Brighton and Hove National Union of Teachers, warned school bosses “comprehensive” consultation need to be performed.
Talking to The Argus he said the varsity should ballot all staff and oldsters.
He also urged the headteacher, Derek Trimmer, to carry a public debate within which parents should be presented with the whole facts.
He said: “Our members are without a doubt disappointed by the choice.
“The next stage is all about what shape their consultation takes: the length and the way substantial it’s.
“Industrial action is plausible. i’d say action is much much more likely if the consultation is just not what we think it to be.”
Academies have attracted controversy ever since they were introduced by Tony Blair’s Labour government.
Although state-funded they’re independent from local authority control.
Therefore they have got more freedom regarding finances, curriculum, term dates and get to choose a definite percentage of the intake.
They are able to also opt out of national pay and stipulations for teachers.
Brighton and Hove schools have largely avoided conversion with just two of the city’s ten secondary schools now academies – Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy.
Inside the previous few years, the hot candidates for academy conversion nationally was struggling schools with poor results and Ofsted.
However, Hove Park was the most improved schools around the country lately.
The move have been described by unions as “unprecedented” with the worry that many other city schools could follow.
It was previously suggested a city-wide strike will be called if staff at Hove Park went ahead.
While Mr Shellard didn’t rule out the action last night, he said legal issues would need to be overcome.
A parents’ group called Hands Off Hove Park School has also been install.
A spokeswoman said: “This all seems like it has happened right away and with little or no information sent to oldsters.
“We have had one vague letter talking in regards to the way forward for the college with the potential of converting to an academy.
“We have fully supported this college lately throughout the improvements so this seems like a betrayal.
“We need a full, frank and open discussion about what this implies for the pupils and the area people.
“This is our local school and we’re very enthusiastic about it. We wish to be curious about any decisions being made and in the meanwhile it doesn’t feel like we’re.”
Mr Nicholls added said their decision to register an interest would allow them greater access to advise to “fully investigate the professionals and cons” of a move.
He said: “We will share this knowledge with our stakeholders and confirm that an efficient consultation can happen based upon the facts.
“The decision about whether to use for Academy status will only be taken at a future meeting of the Governing Body and because of the a proper vote by Governors.”
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