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?