Parents, children, teachers, support staff and community groups from Moulsecoomb Primary will be on the march on Saturday 13th July to protest at being ordered to privatise their school.
They will be assembling at the school from 9.30 and arriving at the Level about 11 o’clock for a rally with local MPs, councillors and trade unionists. The numbers will be swelled by supporters from schools right across Brighton and Hove who have shown their solidarity in photo-messages to their Moulsecoomb colleagues. The clear message is that Moulsecoomb should be allowed to continue its improvement within the Brighton and Hove family of schools, not passed over to a Multi Academy Trust (MAT).
Support has been growing since the announcement was made last month that the Regional Schools Commissioner had served the school with an order to become an academy, following an Ofsted inspection. A packed public meeting heard from MPs, councillors and trade unions that they would fight to keep the school in local democratic control. Parents and governors who spoke at the meeting rejected the idea that the school was ‘inadequate’ and a campaign was launched that has seen over 2500 sign an online petition at https://tinyurl.com/HandsOffOurSchool. Hundreds of local people have expressed their support online at https://tinyurl.com/MoulsecoombPledge
The academy order is an undemocratic measure and will mean the school is less accountable to parents and the local community. There is no evidence that academies raise standards but clear evidence that local authority schools improve faster than schools that convert to academy status. Parents are already expressing concerns that academisation will make the school less inclusive with low-achieving students being ‘off-rolled’. Unions are warning that there will be more unqualified teachers, with less spent on teachers and teaching assistants, as scarce resources are diverted to excessive salaries and expenses for academy Chief Executives.
Becoming an academy is a permanent decision that cannot be reversed. That is why the local community is coming together to demand that Damian Hinds MP, the Secretary of State for Education, revokes the academy order and allows Moulsecoomb to be supported by the local family of schools in making improvements.