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Top official backs Darwen Vale becoming academy

Lancashire Telegraph: Top official backs Darwen Vale becoming academy Top official backs Darwen Vale becoming academy

A TOP government figure has waded into the row over Darwen Vale’s academy status.

The Schools Commissioner for England said he entirely backed plans for the ‘failing’ school to become a sponsored academy.

Frank Green, a former head teacher who ran the Leigh Academies Trust for five years, said standards at Darwen Vale High School has been ‘unacceptably low for too long’.

It comes as consultation results show overwhelming community opposition to the academy plan.

Consultation found 87 per cent of people were against and just 13 per cent were in favour.

Mr Green compared the school to Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, in special measures just six years ago.

He said DACA’s results were now above the average for the whole of England while Darwen Vale’s has been below average for the past two years.

Mr Green said: “The ideal partner for Darwen Vale is the Aldridge Foundation. Their success demonstrates they have found a way of rapidly improving a school.

“The closeness will mean the two schools can work closely together and share good practice.

“As a result everyone will gain. Students will have better results, teachers will share their expertise more easily and the community will have many more young people leaving school with the skills, attitudes and achievements required for adult working life.”

He added: “Across the country underperforming schools are being turned around after being paired up with excellent sponsors. I would encourage the public to look beyond the myths surrounding academies and consider the facts that show this is the best option for the pupils at Darwen Vale.”

The consultation which found a negative response to an academy change surveyed 223 people. 193 did not support Academy conversion, while 30 said they did support the plan.

Darwen Vale’s NASUWT representative Claire Ward said: “This is a DfE official who has said it is his goal to turn all state schools into academies.

“It is no surprise at all that he believes the myth that Darwen Vale is a failing school in need of help.

“He and the Secretary of State have completely ignored the HMI reports which state good progress being made at DVHS. “They also ignore the stark consultation statistics which show the views of the local community preferring to comment on a school they know nothing about from their offices in London. This conversion is fundamentally wrong.”

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10:04pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Excluded again says...

What do you ignorant northerners know about anything? When we asked your opinion, you were stupid enough to think we gave a monkey's toss what you thought.

What do you Darreners know about what is good for Darwen? We in London know what's best for you. So you will get what we decide to give you. As was always our plan.

Mr Green is believed to have checked where Darwen was on the map and was surprised to discover it was not in Australia.
What do you ignorant northerners know about anything? When we asked your opinion, you were stupid enough to think we gave a monkey's toss what you thought. What do you Darreners know about what is good for Darwen? We in London know what's best for you. So you will get what we decide to give you. As was always our plan. Mr Green is believed to have checked where Darwen was on the map and was surprised to discover it was not in Australia. Excluded again
  • Score: 21

3:47am Sun 6 Jul 14

not too old to care says...

If the school standards are falling, the children are being short changed.
Why not stop all of this whingeing, pull together and get on with making it better. Then the school can truly claim to be there for the children.
If the school standards are falling, the children are being short changed. Why not stop all of this whingeing, pull together and get on with making it better. Then the school can truly claim to be there for the children. not too old to care
  • Score: -11

8:39am Sun 6 Jul 14

Noiticer says...

If I were a betting man I would lay a pound to a penny that in twenty years' time academies will have been consigned to the dustbin of history as the wheel of change turns and another misguided political initiative fails but the consultants and empire builders will have made a financial killing.
If I were a betting man I would lay a pound to a penny that in twenty years' time academies will have been consigned to the dustbin of history as the wheel of change turns and another misguided political initiative fails but the consultants and empire builders will have made a financial killing. Noiticer
  • Score: 21

9:35am Sun 6 Jul 14

Nelson J says...

The government had an agenda and, despite only 11.21% of people completing the consultation survey support the Aldridge Foundation running our school, the education of our young people is now in the hands of Aldridge. No-one at the DfE has listened to anything local people have said except the minor bits like not changing the name or the school uniform (at the moment!!). They aren’t in the least bit concerned about what we want for our children so I doubt they will listen in the future. We are now powerless and have to sit back and watch as Aldridge takes over another piece of Darwen!
The government had an agenda and, despite only 11.21% of people completing the consultation survey support the Aldridge Foundation running our school, the education of our young people is now in the hands of Aldridge. No-one at the DfE has listened to anything local people have said except the minor bits like not changing the name or the school uniform (at the moment!!). They aren’t in the least bit concerned about what we want for our children so I doubt they will listen in the future. We are now powerless and have to sit back and watch as Aldridge takes over another piece of Darwen! Nelson J
  • Score: 16

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