Worthing school could become an academy

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PROPOSALS have been made to turn a Worthing school into an academy.

Worthing High School, in South Farm Road, began a consultation on Monday, April 16, on whether it should move to academy status.

Making the argument for turning the school into an academy, head teacher Alison Beer said: “I believe the move to academy status allows greater financial freedom, which can be used to serve the students, in terms of innovation and curriculum flexibility. As a truly inclusive school, this will enable us to provide an educational experience which ensures every child has the opportunity to achieve their potential.”

The proposals were announced in a press release on the school’s website and comments on the plans need to be made by May 14 at noon.

However, members of Unison and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at the school voted against the proposals a day after they were publicly announced.

At a meeting held on Tuesday night at the school, teachers and support staff voted unanimously against the plans, said a spokesman for the NUT and Unison.

He said the only local example of a school turning into an academy was Boundstone Community College, in Upper Boundstone Lane, turning into Sir Robert Woodard Academy. He said: “It’s extremely controversial. There are very few academies in West Sussex. There is no evidence it raises academic standards. Boundstone turned into the Sir Robert Woodard Academy and it still failed its Ofsted.”

A parents’ meeting is being organised at the school by governors from Worthing High School. The spokesman from the NUT and Unison added: “Parents need to attend this meeting if they want to find out what is being discussed and make their views clear to the governors.”

The meeting takes place at Worthing High School on Tuesday at 6pm.