Will Straw voices his concerns for the future of Darwen Vale High School

WILL Straw, prospective parliamentary candidate for Labour in Darwen at the 2015 General Election, has spoken of his concerns for the future of Darwen Vale High School.

As reported in the Lancashire Telegraph this week, the school is set to be forced by the Government to become an academy.

Governors this week rejected the Department for Education’s preferred sponsor, The Aldridge Foundation, and Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said the council would also refuse to accept it.

Writing on his blog, Mr Straw said: “While there is no doubt that the Aldridge Foundation has made a major difference in raising standards at DACA, we need to be very careful before we restrict the choice of parents in Darwen by having both schools run by the same foundation.

“Fiona Jack has done a brilliant job in her short time at the school in raising standards.

“At the prizegiving last week she said the school was on course for a 20 per cent improvement in results over two years.

“It is therefore disappointing that a decision looks like it has been forced upon the school rather than giving staff, parents and pupils an opportunity to have their say.

“This kind of political interference from London will not do the school or its pupils any good.

“The positive atmosphere which was so evident last week risks being undermined unless time is taken to consider what is best for the school. Rather than rushing to a political decision, time should be given for other options.”

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2:24pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ian the Beancounter says...

C'mon LT, get it right! Your heading says "Jack Straw", but the story is about Will Straw's comments. Sloppy!
C'mon LT, get it right! Your heading says "Jack Straw", but the story is about Will Straw's comments. Sloppy! Ian the Beancounter

2:36pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Bat E Karen says...

Ian the Beancounter wrote:
C'mon LT, get it right! Your heading says "Jack Straw", but the story is about Will Straw's comments. Sloppy!
I'll second that.
[quote][p][bold]Ian the Beancounter[/bold] wrote: C'mon LT, get it right! Your heading says "Jack Straw", but the story is about Will Straw's comments. Sloppy![/p][/quote]I'll second that. Bat E Karen

2:51pm Thu 5 Dec 13

blackburnwithdarwen says...

Ian the Beancounter wrote:
C'mon LT, get it right! Your heading says "Jack Straw", but the story is about Will Straw's comments. Sloppy!
Big Straw little Straw, what’s the difference?
Just another straw from the same bale.

Selling drugs and making illegal wars had nothing to do with them.

Like father like son!
[quote][p][bold]Ian the Beancounter[/bold] wrote: C'mon LT, get it right! Your heading says "Jack Straw", but the story is about Will Straw's comments. Sloppy![/p][/quote]Big Straw little Straw, what’s the difference? Just another straw from the same bale. Selling drugs and making illegal wars had nothing to do with them. Like father like son! blackburnwithdarwen

3:16pm Thu 5 Dec 13

A Darener says...

It's easy to get confused. Like father like son. Jumping on to any passing bandwagon. Typical politician.
It's easy to get confused. Like father like son. Jumping on to any passing bandwagon. Typical politician. A Darener

3:28pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

Great quality journalism.

I look forward to the LT's story on the autumn statement by Ozzy Osbourne.
Great quality journalism. I look forward to the LT's story on the autumn statement by Ozzy Osbourne. Excluded again

6:50pm Thu 5 Dec 13

happycyclist says...

Excluded again wrote:
Great quality journalism.

I look forward to the LT's story on the autumn statement by Ozzy Osbourne.
Brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Great quality journalism. I look forward to the LT's story on the autumn statement by Ozzy Osbourne.[/p][/quote]Brilliant! happycyclist

9:44am Sun 8 Dec 13

Sad Darwener says...

Where does it say Jack Straw?
Where does it say Jack Straw? Sad Darwener

9:47am Sun 8 Dec 13

A Darener says...

Sad Darwener wrote:
Where does it say Jack Straw?
Somebody woke up at the LT and changed the headline.
[quote][p][bold]Sad Darwener[/bold] wrote: Where does it say Jack Straw?[/p][/quote]Somebody woke up at the LT and changed the headline. A Darener

7:03pm Sun 8 Dec 13

amazed says...

As a past pupil many years ago, my wife recently asked if it was possible for her to look around the school during an "Open Night for prospective pupils" We were cordially invited, welcomed at the door by Fiona Jack and allotted a young guide, Adam, to show us round. We were "gobsmacked" at the quality of the school, the keenness of the pupils, polite, bursting to explain what they were doing. Adam seemed to know everybody and we were offered coffee and biscuits and a member of staff joined us to chat. Quite frankly, it was a most uplifting experience and we are most distressed to read of the present difficulties. In fact we are completely puzzled. Good luck to Darwen Vale and to Fiona Jack and staff for the efforts they were putting in to turn around this beautiful school.
As a past pupil many years ago, my wife recently asked if it was possible for her to look around the school during an "Open Night for prospective pupils" We were cordially invited, welcomed at the door by Fiona Jack and allotted a young guide, Adam, to show us round. We were "gobsmacked" at the quality of the school, the keenness of the pupils, polite, bursting to explain what they were doing. Adam seemed to know everybody and we were offered coffee and biscuits and a member of staff joined us to chat. Quite frankly, it was a most uplifting experience and we are most distressed to read of the present difficulties. In fact we are completely puzzled. Good luck to Darwen Vale and to Fiona Jack and staff for the efforts they were putting in to turn around this beautiful school. amazed

6:38pm Fri 13 Dec 13

meloni says...

I am very suspicious that academies seem to do well when inspected but local authority schools seem to flounder, could OFSTED be political? Surely not.
I am very suspicious that academies seem to do well when inspected but local authority schools seem to flounder, could OFSTED be political? Surely not. meloni

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