A parent recalls the days when Hove Park head knew what consultation meant

The Independent, Letters, 5th May 2014

While I agree with Mark Steel (“If this counts as consultation, then Gove and his allies must be taking inspiration from Kim Jong-un”, 2 May), that the headteacher of Hove Park School has a different understanding of what consultation means to most of us, this was not always the case.
He has most recently denied the staff the right to a ballot on academy status; he has also denied the council’s offer to ballot the parents on the same issue. However, there was a time when he did understand what it means to consult. Three years ago, the school proposed a uniform change. All parents were invited to vote on this; we could vote for or against a new uniform, and we could then vote on which of many options of uniform we liked the most.

I am disappointed that he is willing to extend democracy to the colour of the trim on our children’s blazers but not to the future status of the school.

Alrik Green, Hove

PS: I voted in favour of the blue trim.

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