Brighton & Hove Labour For the many, not the few
Tonight the Hands Off Moulsecoomb Primary School campaign is holding a public meeting – you can register here.
Labour’s spokesperson for children and young people, Councillor John Allcock will be speaking at the event Time to Fight Again!, alongside Labour’s Brighton Kemptown MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle and others.
Labour have stood alongside parents, staff, unions and the community from the start of the campaign against the forced academisation of Moulsecoomb Primary School and continue to do so.
The announcement that three Academy Trust sponsors have their sights set on taking over the school, and the recently surfaced information that a director of one of those Trusts was an Ofsted Inspector that rated the school as ‘inadequate’, has been condemned by Labour Councillors.
Labour have repeatedly lobbied the Education Secretary to revoke the academisation order and will continue to work with unions and the local community to keep the pressure up on the Government.
Speaking at the Council’s Children, Young People & Skills Committee on Monday, Labour Councillor Amanda Grimshaw highlighted the progress and improvements made by the school that Ofsted themselves have acknowledged.
Councillor Grimshaw also accused the Government of sending the people of Moulsecoomb the clear message “that their community doesn’t matter” by forcing academisation on the school against the expressed will of the community.
Labour are urging residents to attend the Hands Off Moulsecoomb Primary School public meeting tonight via Zoom, 6-7pm, and get involved in the campaign to save our school.
Councillor John Allcock, Labour’s spokesperson for children and young people, said:
“The Government is forcing academisation on Moulsecoomb Primary School, against the expressed will of pupils, parents, staff, unions and despite the overwhelming community support for the campaign to keep Moulsecoomb Primary in the Brighton & Hove family of schools.
“Recent Ofsted monitoring visits have shown extremely positive improvements made by the school and the local community should be proud of their efforts to fight academisation and work positively with teachers and governors to improve Moulsecoomb Primary.
“I have repeatedly written to the Education Secretary, calling for the academy order on our school to be revoked, and Labour will continue to stand with pupils, parents and staff to lobby the Government and battle to ensure Moulsecoomb Primary can remain a community school.
“Our schools and our communities are not for sale.”
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