School calms parents’ academy status fears

The Globe Primary School, Irene Avenue
The Globe Primary School, Irene Avenue

GOVERNORS at a failing primary school met with parents to discuss the decision to become and academy on Friday.

Parents of children at The Globe Primary School in Irene Avenue, Lancing, submitted more than 70 questions beforehand on how the changes would affect the running of the school.

Chairman of governors Mark Norris said the meeting, which involved REAch2 Academy Trust, the governors’ preferred sponsor, had been ‘very positive’.

REAch2 chief executive Steve Lancashire spoke of his plans to get the school back on track and told parents any changes would be made locally.

Mr Norris said the speech earned applause from parents.

“Obviously Ofsted have found some failings of the school, we can’t deny that,” said Mr Norris.

“Now we need to find out what they are and fix them.

“It could be the curriculum needs changing or the teachers need more training in certain areas. But something needs to be done to push the figures up because we are constantly below the national average and have been for five years.”

A REAch2 spokesman said: “We have shared the trust’s vision and ethos, and have set out our proposed plans for supporting the school should we be selected as its sponsor.

“We are committed to a strong culture of collaboration across our family of schools, with a focus on school improvement and achieving the highest standards of learning and teaching for all pupils.

“Our senior leaders, including chief executive Steve Lancashire, have a successful track record of supporting improvement in other schools.”

REAch2 already runs White Meadows Primary Academy in Littlehampton and Eastbrook Primary Academy in Southwick.

Parent Serena Cheung said parents were still split over the best way forward and were waiting for more answers.

“Although everyone says they are doing it for the children, it became clear in the meeting that we are converting because all other options have been taken away through cuts and the drive for academies ” she said.