Lewes parents have given a resounding no to any plans to convert six schools in and around the town into academies at a packed public meeting.
Fears have been raised about proposals currently being explored by school leaders about the creation of a private multi-academy trust (MAT), taking them outside of the control of the local education authority.
Parents have already started a petition calling on headteachers and governors to abandon the plans, which has been signed by more than 450 people. The petition also asks for teachers and parents to be balloted on whether they are in favour of their school being converted to an academy. A packed public meeting to allow parents to share their concerns and find out more information was held at the Phoenix Centre on Tuesday night (November 27).