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You can contact Varndean School Against Academies via their Facebook page.
29 Apr 2015
In March this year, Brighton & Hove City Council, without any consultation with the local community or teachers, announced that they had asked the University of Brighton Academies Trust to open a free school.
8 Jul 2011
“The Academy programme risks undermining the vital support given by the Local Authority to all schools as their services will no longer be sustainable with fewer schools buying in.”
26 Sep 2014
Parents who ran a “Hove vs Gove” campaign against plans to turn their local comprehensive into an academy were celebrating a landmark victory today.
Governors at Hove Park School in East Sussex voted unanimously this week against plans to convert the 1,600-pupil school into an academy, after protests from parents and teachers including a one-day strike which closed the school this summer.
19 Mar 2014
Union leaders have warned of a teacher strike across Brighton and Hove unless an improving school drops plans for academy conversion. The school is one of the country’s most improved over the last few years.
15 Jun 2014
Arguably the greatest success of recent governments is to alienate and pacify communities whilst convincing them they are being empowered’.
A parent of a child at Hove Park School reflects on the campaign to prevent the school becoming an academy.
Hove Park School is doing quite well. We’re not outstanding but we are improving and the school community celebrates that. Indeed the Head takes great pride in the progress whenever he can and in so doing he offers a very strong case for not becoming an academy. If what the school is doing now is working and working well, why on earth change it?