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Brightlingsea Junior School: Save Our School!

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We, the undersigned, parents and carers of pupils at Brightlingsea Junior and Infant schools and community members with a vested interest, are very concerned about the future of Brightlingsea Junior School, following the announcement that the current Head Teacher, Claire Claydon, is leaving.

Alan Johnstone (Chair of Governors)’s letter to parents dated 14th March 2017, makes clear that the governing body is favouring academisation for the school’s future:
“Nationally, Academy Trusts and Multi-Academy Trusts are increasingly used as structures to achieve the best viable outcomes. Our newly appointed Head will need to play a leading role in our new partnership.”

We are strongly opposed to academisation and the potential linking of the school with anything other than Brightlingsea Infant School. We have an outstanding Infant school and strongly favour amalgamating the Infant and Junior schools into a primary school.

Benefits of amalgamation are:

·         A single vision and consistent ethos to benefit pupils, staff and parents/carers.

·         A single vision and consistent ethos to benefit pupils, staff and parents/carers.

·         Increased stability, security and confidence which can be readily built on because children experience fewer transitions in their learning.

·         Increased stability, security and confidence which can be readily built on because children experience fewer transitions in their learning.

·         Continuity of experience and provision, especially for the most vulnerable children and those with special needs.

·         One staff and management team giving unified leadership and management of curriculum, teaching, learning and social development.

·         A streamlined and stronger administrative infrastructure, avoiding duplication of resources.

 Negatives of academisation are:

 ·         If the Academy struggles educationally or financially, there is no back up from the local authority, which could result in the closure of the academy.

 ·         Teaching organisations believe that Academies have a damaging impact on children, teachers and the whole community.

 ·         Creating Academies involves the transfer of publicly-funded assets, the building, their land etc, to unaccountable, often for-profit sponsoring bodies, who are also given the entire school budget directly and manage the Academy.

 ·         The governance arrangements for Academies differ substantially from those of local authority schools which have a balance of places, particularly elected parent and staff governors, as well as representatives of the local community and the local authority. In an Academy, the external Academy sponsor always appoints the majority of governors, even when the local authority is a co-sponsor. Academies are only obliged to have one parent governor.

Brightlingsea Junior School has always been a fantastic part of our wonderful town and academisation linking it with external schools will take that away. This is our school and our community and we urge the Brightlingsea Junior School Governing Body and Tim Coulson, Regional Commissioner for East England and North East London Education board, to listen to our collective voice and protect our children’s education and future by making the right decision.



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