Darwen academy protesters make point

This Is Lancashire: The protesters in Railway Road, Darwen The protesters in Railway Road, Darwen

PROTESTERS braved the wind and rain to stage a demonstration outside of Darwen and Rossendale MP Jake Berry’s office in Railway Road on Saturday against the decision to turn Darwen Vale High School into an academy.

The government announced that it would target Darwen Vale High School to become an academy after an Ofsted report in June stated that the school ‘required improvement’.

A petition was launched against the decision by prospective parliamentary candidate for Darwen Will Straw and rapidly gained over 1,000 signatures.

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11:08am Mon 16 Dec 13

Malthus says...

Whether the decision to change the school is right or wrong, can those who are demonstrating not see that they are being manipulated by Will Straw who is using this as an opportunity to assist his election campaign. By the way, why is he not in the photograph.

I do have to admit though that I find it a little unsettling that the proposed academy seems to me to be a done deal, however.
Whether the decision to change the school is right or wrong, can those who are demonstrating not see that they are being manipulated by Will Straw who is using this as an opportunity to assist his election campaign. By the way, why is he not in the photograph. I do have to admit though that I find it a little unsettling that the proposed academy seems to me to be a done deal, however. Malthus

12:53pm Mon 16 Dec 13

allan1957 says...

Wow looks's like a massive turnout bet most of them were teachers who will be more worried than any parent's about were Vale is going to end up
Wow looks's like a massive turnout bet most of them were teachers who will be more worried than any parent's about were Vale is going to end up allan1957

1:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

Malthus wrote:
Whether the decision to change the school is right or wrong, can those who are demonstrating not see that they are being manipulated by Will Straw who is using this as an opportunity to assist his election campaign. By the way, why is he not in the photograph.

I do have to admit though that I find it a little unsettling that the proposed academy seems to me to be a done deal, however.
A somewhat contradictory post.

All these people are apparently being manipulated by Will Straw. And yet they manage to organise a demonstration either without telling him or when he can't make it.

Maybe its just that a great number of Darwen folk who are concerned by the developments at Darwen Vale. And that Will Straw has had the wit to recognise this concern, unlike Jake Berry?
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: Whether the decision to change the school is right or wrong, can those who are demonstrating not see that they are being manipulated by Will Straw who is using this as an opportunity to assist his election campaign. By the way, why is he not in the photograph. I do have to admit though that I find it a little unsettling that the proposed academy seems to me to be a done deal, however.[/p][/quote]A somewhat contradictory post. All these people are apparently being manipulated by Will Straw. And yet they manage to organise a demonstration either without telling him or when he can't make it. Maybe its just that a great number of Darwen folk who are concerned by the developments at Darwen Vale. And that Will Straw has had the wit to recognise this concern, unlike Jake Berry? Excluded again

1:36pm Mon 16 Dec 13

hasslem hasslem says...

Excluded again wrote:
Malthus wrote:
Whether the decision to change the school is right or wrong, can those who are demonstrating not see that they are being manipulated by Will Straw who is using this as an opportunity to assist his election campaign. By the way, why is he not in the photograph.

I do have to admit though that I find it a little unsettling that the proposed academy seems to me to be a done deal, however.
A somewhat contradictory post.

All these people are apparently being manipulated by Will Straw. And yet they manage to organise a demonstration either without telling him or when he can't make it.

Maybe its just that a great number of Darwen folk who are concerned by the developments at Darwen Vale. And that Will Straw has had the wit to recognise this concern, unlike Jake Berry?
not sure the demonstrators are being manipulated - but straw may manipulate the proposal to his own end.....that's what you politicians do.

can you remind me - who (political party) brought Aldridge into DACA?

also not that it matters overmuch - but it hardly seems like a massive demo. less than 50 people and given the banners several of these were teachers and i would doubt whether most of the children knew what the were demonstrating about. don't get me wrong - i think the reasons given for changing vale into an academy are spurious at best - but these demonstrators hardly constitute a groundswell
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: Whether the decision to change the school is right or wrong, can those who are demonstrating not see that they are being manipulated by Will Straw who is using this as an opportunity to assist his election campaign. By the way, why is he not in the photograph. I do have to admit though that I find it a little unsettling that the proposed academy seems to me to be a done deal, however.[/p][/quote]A somewhat contradictory post. All these people are apparently being manipulated by Will Straw. And yet they manage to organise a demonstration either without telling him or when he can't make it. Maybe its just that a great number of Darwen folk who are concerned by the developments at Darwen Vale. And that Will Straw has had the wit to recognise this concern, unlike Jake Berry?[/p][/quote]not sure the demonstrators are being manipulated - but straw may manipulate the proposal to his own end.....that's what you politicians do. can you remind me - who (political party) brought Aldridge into DACA? also not that it matters overmuch - but it hardly seems like a massive demo. less than 50 people and given the banners several of these were teachers and i would doubt whether most of the children knew what the were demonstrating about. don't get me wrong - i think the reasons given for changing vale into an academy are spurious at best - but these demonstrators hardly constitute a groundswell hasslem hasslem

2:08pm Mon 16 Dec 13

chargreaves says...

Thanks for your help with this Will, but your track record is hardly encouraging. Let's hope you do better here than your last attempts.....

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Thanks for your help with this Will, but your track record is hardly encouraging. Let's hope you do better here than your last attempts..... http://www.standard. co.uk/news/jack-stra ws-son-sacking-as-sc hool-governor-trauma tic-6705994.html chargreaves

2:25pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Malthus says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
Malthus wrote:
Whether the decision to change the school is right or wrong, can those who are demonstrating not see that they are being manipulated by Will Straw who is using this as an opportunity to assist his election campaign. By the way, why is he not in the photograph.

I do have to admit though that I find it a little unsettling that the proposed academy seems to me to be a done deal, however.
A somewhat contradictory post.

All these people are apparently being manipulated by Will Straw. And yet they manage to organise a demonstration either without telling him or when he can't make it.

Maybe its just that a great number of Darwen folk who are concerned by the developments at Darwen Vale. And that Will Straw has had the wit to recognise this concern, unlike Jake Berry?
not sure the demonstrators are being manipulated - but straw may manipulate the proposal to his own end.....that's what you politicians do.

can you remind me - who (political party) brought Aldridge into DACA?

also not that it matters overmuch - but it hardly seems like a massive demo. less than 50 people and given the banners several of these were teachers and i would doubt whether most of the children knew what the were demonstrating about. don't get me wrong - i think the reasons given for changing vale into an academy are spurious at best - but these demonstrators hardly constitute a groundswell
I agree it appears contradictory and was not meant to be aligned to any political party, hence me using the phrase "I do have to admit though....". Perhaps, with regard to Mr Straw, I would not have even bothered to post, had he attended. Then again I may have taken a more cynical stance and accused him of only attending to grab votes. Lol, I should become a politician. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: Whether the decision to change the school is right or wrong, can those who are demonstrating not see that they are being manipulated by Will Straw who is using this as an opportunity to assist his election campaign. By the way, why is he not in the photograph. I do have to admit though that I find it a little unsettling that the proposed academy seems to me to be a done deal, however.[/p][/quote]A somewhat contradictory post. All these people are apparently being manipulated by Will Straw. And yet they manage to organise a demonstration either without telling him or when he can't make it. Maybe its just that a great number of Darwen folk who are concerned by the developments at Darwen Vale. And that Will Straw has had the wit to recognise this concern, unlike Jake Berry?[/p][/quote]not sure the demonstrators are being manipulated - but straw may manipulate the proposal to his own end.....that's what you politicians do. can you remind me - who (political party) brought Aldridge into DACA? also not that it matters overmuch - but it hardly seems like a massive demo. less than 50 people and given the banners several of these were teachers and i would doubt whether most of the children knew what the were demonstrating about. don't get me wrong - i think the reasons given for changing vale into an academy are spurious at best - but these demonstrators hardly constitute a groundswell[/p][/quote]I agree it appears contradictory and was not meant to be aligned to any political party, hence me using the phrase "I do have to admit though....". Perhaps, with regard to Mr Straw, I would not have even bothered to post, had he attended. Then again I may have taken a more cynical stance and accused him of only attending to grab votes. Lol, I should become a politician. ;-) Malthus

5:10pm Mon 16 Dec 13

phil kernot says...

Is a academy , where the school gets paid on the performance of the pupils it's teaching , if that's the case well good riddance to schools , how many teachers use it as a meal ticket and pension for life , ,, if you can't teach and your pupils are failing because of it build more of em and sack all the dead wood .....:)
Is a academy , where the school gets paid on the performance of the pupils it's teaching , if that's the case well good riddance to schools , how many teachers use it as a meal ticket and pension for life , ,, if you can't teach and your pupils are failing because of it build more of em and sack all the dead wood .....:) phil kernot

10:05pm Wed 18 Dec 13

amazed says...

As I have said before, when we visited the school in September having been invited as "old pupils who wished to look around the new school" we were received at the door by Fiona Jack, the head teacher, introduced to a polite, bright young guide and were gobsmacked by the facilities and the enthusiasm of all the pupils and teachers we met. We were truly inspired by what we saw.
I am sure Jake Berry is concerned as much as anybody about Darwen Vale and with the work he does (I am asking for some wit to respond in the negative to this!) he does not need the publicity that obviously Mr Straw ( a strand of the same old bale as his dad) needs. You can say what you want about Jake but if he is supporting something, he appears and supports it - unlike Straw, Junior!!
As I have said before, when we visited the school in September having been invited as "old pupils who wished to look around the new school" we were received at the door by Fiona Jack, the head teacher, introduced to a polite, bright young guide and were gobsmacked by the facilities and the enthusiasm of all the pupils and teachers we met. We were truly inspired by what we saw. I am sure Jake Berry is concerned as much as anybody about Darwen Vale and with the work he does (I am asking for some wit to respond in the negative to this!) he does not need the publicity that obviously Mr Straw ( a strand of the same old bale as his dad) needs. You can say what you want about Jake but if he is supporting something, he appears and supports it - unlike Straw, Junior!! amazed

4:50pm Tue 24 Dec 13

King Fabulous says...

Nothing more than a bunch of 'Job for life' public sector workers upset that their gravy train is being cancelled , Progress hating Trade Unionists and their stooges, Has anyone heard any of them explain why the school was failing and now NEEDS this help?
Nothing more than a bunch of 'Job for life' public sector workers upset that their gravy train is being cancelled , Progress hating Trade Unionists and their stooges, Has anyone heard any of them explain why the school was failing and now NEEDS this help? King Fabulous

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