Academy conversion ‘could lead to decline’

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TURNING Worthing High School into an academy could lead to the increased likelihood of strikes and “long-term decline”, according to a group opposing the plans.

The West Sussex Anti-Academies group was established following a unanimous vote by staff on April 17 to reject the proposals to make Worthing High School the first academy in the town.James Ellis, spokesman for the group, said: “The basis for conversion made in the school’s proposals is both weak and misleading.

“By offering new staff different terms and conditions, a two-tier workforce will be created in Worthing High, raising the prospect of strike action, instability, and long-term decline.”

However, head teacher Alison Beer said the move to academy status would give the school, in South Farm Road, “greater financial freedom” to “serve the students, in terms of innovation and curriculum flexibility”.