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Bexhill Public Meeting On Failed Academy

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

GMB Public Meeting To Discuss Future East Sussex Academy In Bexhill After The Prospects Academy Trust Folds Due To Poor Standards

Students badly let down by the education system as Bexhill High's academy experiment has failed and as a matter of public interest the school need certainty not a knee-jerk reaction bidding process says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, responded to the news that The Prospects Academies Trust in charge of running a state school in Bexhill is the first chain in the country to fold. 

Rachel Verdin, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB is organising a public meeting in the coming weeks to enable parents, staff and the community to ask the necessary questions about what has happened at East Sussex Academy in Bexhill.

The Prospects Academies Trust that ran this school, as well schools in Devon and Gloucestershire, has now folded after the Government said it could not take on any new schools because of concerns over poor standards.

The school has been beset with problems since becoming an Academy and a knee-jerk reaction bidding process to try and find a new sponsor will just simply be adding to the list of problems.

As students are facing the most crucial time of their academic life this news could not have come at a worse time. The students are being let down by the education system once again and this must stop.  Bexhill High's academy experiment has quite clearly failed and as a matter of public interest the school, its pupils and staff need certainty.

GMB consider that East Sussex County Council should now take over the school. The situation is a mess and East Sussex County Council cannot simply stand by. The council must reassert control so that staff and students can have a say on where the school goes next. 

Education should not be up for sale.  Where Prospects have failed others simply cannot be allowed to come in and have a go. 

GMB members have expressed some serious concerns including speculation around the schools underspend and the make-up of the interim governing body. Loyal and longstanding staff members should not simply be reading about the latest twist in their soap opera of employment in the paper but be properly consulted.  This cannot happen while the future of the school remains in its current shambolic state.”

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Contact  Rachel Verdin 07931796733 or  01273 570126 or Avril Chambers GMB National Officer 07974 251766 GMB press office 07921 289880  or 07974 251 823

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