Correspondence: Disrespect of parents

From: handsoffhoveparksch
 Sent: 27 April 2014 17:01:26

To: Michael Nicholls
 Cc: Derek Trimmer; Governors
Subject: disrespect of parents

Dear Mike Nicholls,

It has come to our attention that our parents/carers campaign may have been described as ‘ rent-a-mob’ in meetings involving governors and/or senior leadership team members at the school.

If this is true, we find it highly insulting and deeply disrespectful of a group of people made up of genuinely worried parents and carers who, after conducting collective and individual research and fact-finding, are becoming more and more convinced that the proposal for the school to become a MAT, and the way it has been presented to us, is not in the best interests of local children and families.

As Chair of Governors, we would like you to ensure parents and carers are not referred to in such a disparaging manner either by individual staff/governors at the school or in school meetings. Like everyone, we expect to be treated with respect, and particularly as key stakeholders of the school. Please confirm that you will do this.

We would also like to remind those concerned that the school website states:

Achieving more by working together

We encourage the active involvement of students, staff, parents, carers and the wider community in the life of our school. GOVERNORS page: We recognise the key role that parents and carers can take in the educational partnership between students, the school and the wider community and therefore welcome any views, issues and concerns you may wish to bring to the attention of the Governors.

yours sincerely

Hands Off Hove Park School

From: Mike Nicholls ‪<>‬ Date: Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM Subject: RE: disrespect of parents

To: Cc:, Derek Trimmer <>

Dear HP Parents Group

I can assure you that Hove Park governors and senior leadership have the upmost respect for our parents and carers, the term “rent-a-mob” has not or never would be used during meetings. The governing body is made up of volunteers drawn from members of our local community, parents and staff, all of whom commit freely their considerable time and energy to work alongside senior leadership supporting the school.

As volunteers we are free from numerous external and internal influences, this position brings considerable integrity to our role as Hove Park governors and ensures that our main commitment is always to improve our school for the benefit of our current and future students.


Mike Nicholls Chair of Governors

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