1,000 sign petition about Darwen Vale's future

Blackburn Citizen: Darwen Vale High School Darwen Vale High School

MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition urging the Government to open a full consultation over forcing Darwen Vale High School to academy status.

The petition, launched by prospective parliamentary candidate for Darwen Will Straw, was initially launched online, but paper signatures have also been collected.

Targeted at schools minister Lord Nash, the petition says: “Give parents and children a choice over Darwen Vale. We, the undersigned, believe that parents and children in Darwen should have a choice about their children’s secondary education.

“The parents, pupils and staff of Darwen Vale should be consulted by the Government before a decision is taken about the future management of the school.

“Local consultation is the best way forward.”

As reported in the Lancashire Telegraph last week, the Government has targeted the school after it was given a ‘requires improvement’ rating by Ofsted earlier this year.

But bosses at the school, as well as community leaders, have slammed the decision, saying the school was already on the up, and headteacher Fiona Jack was turning things around having been in place for less than two years.

The Government has also suggested The Aldridge Foundation, which runs the town’s only other secondary school Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, as its preferred sponsor.

However, this has been rejected by governers, and Blackburn with Darwen Council has vowed to fight the decision.

On Saturday, volunteers collected signatures on the Oakdale Estate and surrounding area and, combined with the online petition, collected 420 signatures on that first day.

Mr Straw said: “The speed with which parents and members of the community have signed the petition shows the strength of feeling about what is happening at Darwen Vale.

“Parents, children and teachers quite rightly want a choice about the future of their school and a proper consultation, rather than having a decision imposed by the Government in London.

“I hope that everyone in the community can come together to support the school and put pressure on Lord Nash, the schools minister, to rethink his dec- ision.”

To sign the petition, visit www.darwenvalepetition.org.uk

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11:42am Tue 10 Dec 13

hasslem hasslem says...

i hear that governors meetings for DACA take place in London
i hear that governors meetings for DACA take place in London hasslem hasslem

1:57pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Ghostlady says...

Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair
Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair Ghostlady

3:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Pyewacket2 says...

Ghostlady wrote:
Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair
Yes Ghostlady. I believe that is how it will work out too. There will be less need of duplication in Admin management and other non teaching supervisory roles. Also impact on Semior teaching roles; Heads of Departments, Heads of Year etc. Be sure there is plenty of scope to make savings across the Board. Coud even come down to only needing one Head Teacher, they'd be an "Executive Head" served by two Deputies.
[quote][p][bold]Ghostlady[/bold] wrote: Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair[/p][/quote]Yes Ghostlady. I believe that is how it will work out too. There will be less need of duplication in Admin management and other non teaching supervisory roles. Also impact on Semior teaching roles; Heads of Departments, Heads of Year etc. Be sure there is plenty of scope to make savings across the Board. Coud even come down to only needing one Head Teacher, they'd be an "Executive Head" served by two Deputies. Pyewacket2

3:52pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Aldridge Foundation says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
i hear that governors meetings for DACA take place in London
Hi
You have raised a point about DACA which is completely untrue. DACA governors meetings take place in Darwen, generally at the academy itself as you would expect.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: i hear that governors meetings for DACA take place in London[/p][/quote]Hi You have raised a point about DACA which is completely untrue. DACA governors meetings take place in Darwen, generally at the academy itself as you would expect. Aldridge Foundation

4:00pm Tue 10 Dec 13

hasslem hasslem says...

Aldridge Foundation wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
i hear that governors meetings for DACA take place in London
Hi
You have raised a point about DACA which is completely untrue. DACA governors meetings take place in Darwen, generally at the academy itself as you would expect.
fair enough - i was told last week by somebody who is normally an impeccable source on all matters relating to goings on in darwen.
[quote][p][bold]Aldridge Foundation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: i hear that governors meetings for DACA take place in London[/p][/quote]Hi You have raised a point about DACA which is completely untrue. DACA governors meetings take place in Darwen, generally at the academy itself as you would expect.[/p][/quote]fair enough - i was told last week by somebody who is normally an impeccable source on all matters relating to goings on in darwen. hasslem hasslem

4:17pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Aldridge Foundation says...

Pyewacket2 wrote:
Ghostlady wrote:
Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair
Yes Ghostlady. I believe that is how it will work out too. There will be less need of duplication in Admin management and other non teaching supervisory roles. Also impact on Semior teaching roles; Heads of Departments, Heads of Year etc. Be sure there is plenty of scope to make savings across the Board. Coud even come down to only needing one Head Teacher, they'd be an "Executive Head" served by two Deputies.
Hi
The comments above speculating about how the Foundation's sponsored schools and acadmies operate are completely inaccurate and we would like to assure parents of the academy and the Enterprise Studio School of this.
In Darwen we sponsor DACA and the Studio School. They have their own Principals, governors and staff. And from next year, when the Studio School's new building in Police Street opens, they will have their own campuses too.
In Brighton we also sponsor two academies, BACA and PACA. They are entirely independent of each other, with their own governing bodies, principals, campuses, staff, uniforms, school rules etc etc.
Each of our academies are independent charitable trusts in their own right, so that they can serve their local community. We do not operate a "chain" of schools.
You can see the facts about our sponsored academies on the Foundation's website (aldridgefoundation.
com) or on DACA's. Or for an independent assessment, read the section in DACA's OFSTED report concerning the management and governance of the academy. Its available online too.
[quote][p][bold]Pyewacket2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ghostlady[/bold] wrote: Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair[/p][/quote]Yes Ghostlady. I believe that is how it will work out too. There will be less need of duplication in Admin management and other non teaching supervisory roles. Also impact on Semior teaching roles; Heads of Departments, Heads of Year etc. Be sure there is plenty of scope to make savings across the Board. Coud even come down to only needing one Head Teacher, they'd be an "Executive Head" served by two Deputies.[/p][/quote]Hi The comments above speculating about how the Foundation's sponsored schools and acadmies operate are completely inaccurate and we would like to assure parents of the academy and the Enterprise Studio School of this. In Darwen we sponsor DACA and the Studio School. They have their own Principals, governors and staff. And from next year, when the Studio School's new building in Police Street opens, they will have their own campuses too. In Brighton we also sponsor two academies, BACA and PACA. They are entirely independent of each other, with their own governing bodies, principals, campuses, staff, uniforms, school rules etc etc. Each of our academies are independent charitable trusts in their own right, so that they can serve their local community. We do not operate a "chain" of schools. You can see the facts about our sponsored academies on the Foundation's website (aldridgefoundation. com) or on DACA's. Or for an independent assessment, read the section in DACA's OFSTED report concerning the management and governance of the academy. Its available online too. Aldridge Foundation

8:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

louderfasterlonger says...

Aldridge Foundation wrote:
Pyewacket2 wrote:
Ghostlady wrote: Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair
Yes Ghostlady. I believe that is how it will work out too. There will be less need of duplication in Admin management and other non teaching supervisory roles. Also impact on Semior teaching roles; Heads of Departments, Heads of Year etc. Be sure there is plenty of scope to make savings across the Board. Coud even come down to only needing one Head Teacher, they'd be an "Executive Head" served by two Deputies.
Hi The comments above speculating about how the Foundation's sponsored schools and acadmies operate are completely inaccurate and we would like to assure parents of the academy and the Enterprise Studio School of this. In Darwen we sponsor DACA and the Studio School. They have their own Principals, governors and staff. And from next year, when the Studio School's new building in Police Street opens, they will have their own campuses too. In Brighton we also sponsor two academies, BACA and PACA. They are entirely independent of each other, with their own governing bodies, principals, campuses, staff, uniforms, school rules etc etc. Each of our academies are independent charitable trusts in their own right, so that they can serve their local community. We do not operate a "chain" of schools. You can see the facts about our sponsored academies on the Foundation's website (aldridgefoundation. com) or on DACA's. Or for an independent assessment, read the section in DACA's OFSTED report concerning the management and governance of the academy. Its available online too.
Perhaps then your organisation could push for a public consultation and give credibility to your statements. Only then can the people of Darwen be persuaded of the transparancy of the decision making. At the moment they see sinister motives on the part of DfE and your own organisation.
[quote][p][bold]Aldridge Foundation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pyewacket2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ghostlady[/bold] wrote: Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair[/p][/quote]Yes Ghostlady. I believe that is how it will work out too. There will be less need of duplication in Admin management and other non teaching supervisory roles. Also impact on Semior teaching roles; Heads of Departments, Heads of Year etc. Be sure there is plenty of scope to make savings across the Board. Coud even come down to only needing one Head Teacher, they'd be an "Executive Head" served by two Deputies.[/p][/quote]Hi The comments above speculating about how the Foundation's sponsored schools and acadmies operate are completely inaccurate and we would like to assure parents of the academy and the Enterprise Studio School of this. In Darwen we sponsor DACA and the Studio School. They have their own Principals, governors and staff. And from next year, when the Studio School's new building in Police Street opens, they will have their own campuses too. In Brighton we also sponsor two academies, BACA and PACA. They are entirely independent of each other, with their own governing bodies, principals, campuses, staff, uniforms, school rules etc etc. Each of our academies are independent charitable trusts in their own right, so that they can serve their local community. We do not operate a "chain" of schools. You can see the facts about our sponsored academies on the Foundation's website (aldridgefoundation. com) or on DACA's. Or for an independent assessment, read the section in DACA's OFSTED report concerning the management and governance of the academy. Its available online too.[/p][/quote]Perhaps then your organisation could push for a public consultation and give credibility to your statements. Only then can the people of Darwen be persuaded of the transparancy of the decision making. At the moment they see sinister motives on the part of DfE and your own organisation. louderfasterlonger

6:25pm Wed 11 Dec 13

pm1960 says...

Ghostlady wrote:
Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair
It will actually be 3 as the new Studio School will be opening on Police St.
[quote][p][bold]Ghostlady[/bold] wrote: Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair[/p][/quote]It will actually be 3 as the new Studio School will be opening on Police St. pm1960

6:32pm Wed 11 Dec 13

pm1960 says...

Aldridge Foundation wrote:
Pyewacket2 wrote:
Ghostlady wrote: Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair
Yes Ghostlady. I believe that is how it will work out too. There will be less need of duplication in Admin management and other non teaching supervisory roles. Also impact on Semior teaching roles; Heads of Departments, Heads of Year etc. Be sure there is plenty of scope to make savings across the Board. Coud even come down to only needing one Head Teacher, they'd be an "Executive Head" served by two Deputies.
Hi The comments above speculating about how the Foundation's sponsored schools and acadmies operate are completely inaccurate and we would like to assure parents of the academy and the Enterprise Studio School of this. In Darwen we sponsor DACA and the Studio School. They have their own Principals, governors and staff. And from next year, when the Studio School's new building in Police Street opens, they will have their own campuses too. In Brighton we also sponsor two academies, BACA and PACA. They are entirely independent of each other, with their own governing bodies, principals, campuses, staff, uniforms, school rules etc etc. Each of our academies are independent charitable trusts in their own right, so that they can serve their local community. We do not operate a "chain" of schools. You can see the facts about our sponsored academies on the Foundation's website (aldridgefoundation. com) or on DACA's. Or for an independent assessment, read the section in DACA's OFSTED report concerning the management and governance of the academy. Its available online too.
I have nothing against DACA at all, but surely some public, transparent consultation is needed - not simply Michael Gove and his mate in the Lords forcing this upon folk ?
*
I understand that none (or maybe 1 ?) of the Governors at DACA and of those chosen for the Studio School actually live in Darwen ?
*
Surely there should be some local input ?
*
Aldridge Foundation - please press for consultation not imposition.
[quote][p][bold]Aldridge Foundation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pyewacket2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ghostlady[/bold] wrote: Two Aldridge academies in the same town !! Would they then be "forced" to share staff. One head of year to cover both sites. One head of department to cover both sites etc. Cost cutting exercises and the price will be paid by the children and their grades. So unfair[/p][/quote]Yes Ghostlady. I believe that is how it will work out too. There will be less need of duplication in Admin management and other non teaching supervisory roles. Also impact on Semior teaching roles; Heads of Departments, Heads of Year etc. Be sure there is plenty of scope to make savings across the Board. Coud even come down to only needing one Head Teacher, they'd be an "Executive Head" served by two Deputies.[/p][/quote]Hi The comments above speculating about how the Foundation's sponsored schools and acadmies operate are completely inaccurate and we would like to assure parents of the academy and the Enterprise Studio School of this. In Darwen we sponsor DACA and the Studio School. They have their own Principals, governors and staff. And from next year, when the Studio School's new building in Police Street opens, they will have their own campuses too. In Brighton we also sponsor two academies, BACA and PACA. They are entirely independent of each other, with their own governing bodies, principals, campuses, staff, uniforms, school rules etc etc. Each of our academies are independent charitable trusts in their own right, so that they can serve their local community. We do not operate a "chain" of schools. You can see the facts about our sponsored academies on the Foundation's website (aldridgefoundation. com) or on DACA's. Or for an independent assessment, read the section in DACA's OFSTED report concerning the management and governance of the academy. Its available online too.[/p][/quote]I have nothing against DACA at all, but surely some public, transparent consultation is needed - not simply Michael Gove and his mate in the Lords forcing this upon folk ? * I understand that none (or maybe 1 ?) of the Governors at DACA and of those chosen for the Studio School actually live in Darwen ? * Surely there should be some local input ? * Aldridge Foundation - please press for consultation not imposition. pm1960

6:43am Thu 12 Dec 13

imo1984 says...

It is interesting that The Aldridge Foundation feel the need to get involved in this discussion. This lends some strength to the belief that they are going to be the sponsor and that this is in fact a done deal.

The government simply don't care about the people of Darwen or this school, this much is clear. There seems to be a stubbornness to consult and listen because to genuinely do this, the government would potentially have to change their mind - they don't seem to like to do that.

It's nothing short of an attack from central government and the worst thing about it is that our local MP Jake Berry couldn't care less. How nice that a labour candidate is out there canvasing views and getting signatures to help the school.

The worst bit about it is that the government is allowing a racial divide to grow in Blackburn with Darwen - with two main academy chains (I'm sorry Aldridge but by it's very nature, one organisation that has many stores (or in this case schools) is a chain) establishing themselves in the area we will soon be in a situation where Children of different races don't mix, surely now would have been a good time to introduce a third player to the mix.
It is interesting that The Aldridge Foundation feel the need to get involved in this discussion. This lends some strength to the belief that they are going to be the sponsor and that this is in fact a done deal. The government simply don't care about the people of Darwen or this school, this much is clear. There seems to be a stubbornness to consult and listen because to genuinely do this, the government would potentially have to change their mind - they don't seem to like to do that. It's nothing short of an attack from central government and the worst thing about it is that our local MP Jake Berry couldn't care less. How nice that a labour candidate is out there canvasing views and getting signatures to help the school. The worst bit about it is that the government is allowing a racial divide to grow in Blackburn with Darwen - with two main academy chains (I'm sorry Aldridge but by it's very nature, one organisation that has many stores (or in this case schools) is a chain) establishing themselves in the area we will soon be in a situation where Children of different races don't mix, surely now would have been a good time to introduce a third player to the mix. imo1984

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