Tressell Ward report (February 2017)
To comment on any of the items below or obtain further information, please contact Cllrs Tania Charman and Peter Chowney.
Hands off Castledown
The ‘Hands off Castledown’ campaign group has been set up by parents with children in Castledown School to stop it becoming an academy. Castledown School is one of only two remaining in Hastings that aren’t academies, and many parents placed their children in Castledown precisely because it wasn’t an academy. They’re also upset that only one academy sponsor is on offer (Ark). Recent legislation effectively forces all poorly performing schools to become an academy, but although Ofsted inspection reports have revealed declining standards, this is a recent trend, after a former headteacher left and has been replaced by several different heads, none of whom stayed very long at the school, leading to instability and a lack of leadership. The parents are asking for more time to restore the performance while keeping it under democratic control through the county council and local parents, and for support from East Sussex County Council to do this. Earlier this week, parents with Hastings Labour county councillors presented a petition to the chair of East Sussex County Council, but the council said they had ‘no concerns’ to convert the school into an academy.
Both Tressell councillors are opposed to this enforced academisation, and are supporting the parents’ campaign. If you’d like to support the campaign, let us know, and we’ll put you in touch with the parents’ campaign organisers.
Knocking on doors
We’ve also been back out knocking on doors and delivering our local newsletters, most recently on Farley Bank. To see all the local newsletters we’ve delivered over the last two years, visit our website.