Swale Trust Pupil teacher ratios go up more than 4 times the national average while executive pay rockets.
National Education Union Members at Peacehaven Community School are taking their 6th and 7th days of strike action this week as East Sussex County Council still tries to push on with handing the school over to the Swale Academies Trust.
Staff at the school and supporters held a noisy demonstration outside County Hall as Nigel Enever, the county councillor for Peacehaven met with officers about the situation.
The school was shut again apart from some mock exams and transition work with new students which the union is allowing to go ahead to try to minimise impact on pupils.
More concerns are continuing to arise about the Swale Academies Trust as whole subjects are disappearing from the curriculum next year.
A teacher at the school who wished to stay anonymous said: “Dance and textiles courses will not be running next year and that the offer to our students is going to narrow as the chain focus on ticking boxes rather than delivering a broad education.
“Class sizes in core subjects are rising considerably.
“We are very frustrated that the imposed interim board are still not listening to the very genuine concerns of the staff to the point we are having to take such a large amount of strike action.”
Phil Clarke Secretary of the Lewes Eastbourne and Wealden NEU said “We have taken our protest to County Hall to show East Sussex County Council that our support is very high among staff and parents and continues to grow.
“Since 2015 across Swale schools the number of pupils per teacher grew by 16%, compared to an average increase of 3.5% across the rest of the country.
“In the same period the number of senior executives earning over £100,000 a year has tripled with the CEO receiving £210,000, an additional executive a further £200,000 and a further four earning over £100,000 to run just 13 schools.
“How can this organisation be the only option for the children of Peacehaven and be imposed from outside the community?”
The union has consistently made clear if East Sussex County Council pause the transfer to allow a governing body to be established so the community can take part in the decisions around the future of the school the strike action would be suspended.
Further strike dates are 27th June, 2nd July 3rd July 4th July.