What happened to accountability?
Later this month, European elections take place and next year we will vote in a general election but who is running education in Brighton & Hove?
At Hove Park School the Head and a small group of largely unelected governors are ignoring the views of staff and parents and attempting to convert a popular and successful local authority community school into an academy . At City College, Brighton & Hove, the senior management has been accused of telling a ‘string of lies’, failing to keep up to date with the college’s pension contributions and running the college into a £1.5M financial crisis and is now making staff redundant and closing much needed and successful courses for adults and young people . Who are the people making these decisions?
The Head of Hove Park School has never lived in Brighton and brought in his senior managers from his previous school – an academy – in Portsmouth. The Principal of City College, Brighton & Hove, was previously the Vice Principal of the Barnfield Federation in Luton – an organisation run as a business and made up of the Further Education College and several school academies – which, it now emerges, claimed nearly £1 million in government cash for students it had no record of teaching and failed in its duty to make a proper use of funds .
Last year,Whitehawk Primary School, in Brighton, became an academy with City College, Brighton & Hove, as its sponsor. Hove Park School’s Head was providing ‘mentoring support’ to the school while the Principal of City College was a member of its Advisory Group . It now appears that City College’s Assistant Principal – responsible for announcing the crisis and redundancies to the press – is also a member of the governing body at Hove Park School .
How do we hold these people, who seem unwilling to listen to staff, parents and pupils yet intent on making such momentous decisions about Brighton & Hove’s education, accountable?