Darwen Vale High School staff walk out over academy plans

Members of the National Union of Teachers and National Union of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers have been joined by concerned parents on the picket line

Members of the National Union of Teachers and National Union of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers have been joined by concerned parents on the picket line

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

STAFF at Darwen Vale High School have walked out this morning over plans to turn the school into an academy.

Members of the National Union of Teachers and National Union of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers have been joined by concerned parents on the picket line.

Passing drivers beeped their horns as they went past the Blackburn Road school where staff held banners that read ‘Darwen Vale must remain Darwen Vale’, ‘Support our school’ and ‘No Aldridge academy here’.

The strike comes as the Department for Education has enforced academy status on the school following an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report last year, despite an improved set of GCSE results and a positive follow-up inspection report.

There are also concerns at the DfE’s preferred sponsor The Aldridge Foundation, which runs Darwen’s other high schools Darwen Academy and Darwen Enterprise Studio.

For more on this story, see tomorrow’s Lancashire Telegraph.

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10:37am Wed 18 Jun 14

Twinsmumbeccy says...

Fully support this strike - we don't want PRIVATE companies running our schools! As parents we want free and open choice of where to send our children.... two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town, why should the Aldredge Foundation have monopoly of our education?
Fully support this strike - we don't want PRIVATE companies running our schools! As parents we want free and open choice of where to send our children.... two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town, why should the Aldredge Foundation have monopoly of our education? Twinsmumbeccy
  • Score: 27

11:45am Wed 18 Jun 14

allan1957 says...

So will it be ok for my daughter to walk out next Friday to attend my sister in laws wedding ?
So will it be ok for my daughter to walk out next Friday to attend my sister in laws wedding ? allan1957
  • Score: 10

2:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

meloni says...

What happened to choice, if both schools in Darwen belong to the same company, is that not a monopoly. Leave Darwen Vale alone!
What happened to choice, if both schools in Darwen belong to the same company, is that not a monopoly. Leave Darwen Vale alone! meloni
  • Score: 16

2:37pm Wed 18 Jun 14

DGower says...

And allow a rubbish local authority to continue running a school they have allowed to become inadequate?! When will people realise that this local authority is not good for schools. Is it any wonder the number of secondary schools they lead is diminishing quickly.
There will come a time very soon when this local authority will only be supporting primary schools.
And allow a rubbish local authority to continue running a school they have allowed to become inadequate?! When will people realise that this local authority is not good for schools. Is it any wonder the number of secondary schools they lead is diminishing quickly. There will come a time very soon when this local authority will only be supporting primary schools. DGower
  • Score: 7

2:46pm Wed 18 Jun 14

warren2007 says...

Take it there must only be about 20 teachers work at that school because that's the number of people that was there this morning and I hope they got fined for taking time of school
Take it there must only be about 20 teachers work at that school because that's the number of people that was there this morning and I hope they got fined for taking time of school warren2007
  • Score: -3

5:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

A Darener says...

Twins.....".two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town,"? Morrison's, Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Netto, Sainsbury's etc all within a short drive of each other! What's your point?
Twins.....".two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town,"? Morrison's, Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Netto, Sainsbury's etc all within a short drive of each other! What's your point? A Darener
  • Score: 0

6:33pm Wed 18 Jun 14

A Local Lad says...

Small minded people make me laugh, monopoly ? We're BwD not a monopoly then ? Oh and what a great job they'be done for secondary schools over the past 5 years. Also, where's all this Capita and profit nonsense coming from ? Politicians and unions wanting to make a name for themselves that's where. Get a grip, change is good, especially when the current regime / authority is failing.
Small minded people make me laugh, monopoly ? We're BwD not a monopoly then ? Oh and what a great job they'be done for secondary schools over the past 5 years. Also, where's all this Capita and profit nonsense coming from ? Politicians and unions wanting to make a name for themselves that's where. Get a grip, change is good, especially when the current regime / authority is failing. A Local Lad
  • Score: 1

8:20pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Thelma 15 says...

Darwen Aldridge Foundation keeps making amazing improvements to Darwen and the community it serves. Please don't be short sighted and foolish regarding this opportunity Darwen Vale.

Most High schools and primary schools will become Academy's due to lack of Local Authority funding and support!!!
Darwen Aldridge Foundation keeps making amazing improvements to Darwen and the community it serves. Please don't be short sighted and foolish regarding this opportunity Darwen Vale. Most High schools and primary schools will become Academy's due to lack of Local Authority funding and support!!! Thelma 15
  • Score: 2

8:58pm Wed 18 Jun 14

imo1984 says...

allan1957 wrote:
So will it be ok for my daughter to walk out next Friday to attend my sister in laws wedding ?
Slightly contrasting scenarios at work here isn't there? What a ridiculous question.
[quote][p][bold]allan1957[/bold] wrote: So will it be ok for my daughter to walk out next Friday to attend my sister in laws wedding ?[/p][/quote]Slightly contrasting scenarios at work here isn't there? What a ridiculous question. imo1984
  • Score: 4

8:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

imo1984 says...

Twinsmumbeccy wrote:
Fully support this strike - we don't want PRIVATE companies running our schools! As parents we want free and open choice of where to send our children.... two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town, why should the Aldredge Foundation have monopoly of our education?
It's not a private company, it's a charity
[quote][p][bold]Twinsmumbeccy[/bold] wrote: Fully support this strike - we don't want PRIVATE companies running our schools! As parents we want free and open choice of where to send our children.... two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town, why should the Aldredge Foundation have monopoly of our education?[/p][/quote]It's not a private company, it's a charity imo1984
  • Score: -1

8:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

imo1984 says...

Twinsmumbeccy wrote:
Fully support this strike - we don't want PRIVATE companies running our schools! As parents we want free and open choice of where to send our children.... two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town, why should the Aldredge Foundation have monopoly of our education?
It's not a private company, it's a charity
[quote][p][bold]Twinsmumbeccy[/bold] wrote: Fully support this strike - we don't want PRIVATE companies running our schools! As parents we want free and open choice of where to send our children.... two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town, why should the Aldredge Foundation have monopoly of our education?[/p][/quote]It's not a private company, it's a charity imo1984
  • Score: -1

9:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

A Darener says...

I presume all these academies funded directly from the government will mean a reduction in the rates, as the local authorities will be spending less on local education?
I presume all these academies funded directly from the government will mean a reduction in the rates, as the local authorities will be spending less on local education? A Darener
  • Score: 3

1:04am Thu 19 Jun 14

Darwen Malc says...

Twinsmumbeccy wrote:
Fully support this strike - we don't want PRIVATE companies running our schools! As parents we want free and open choice of where to send our children.... two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town, why should the Aldredge Foundation have monopoly of our education?
BwD can't run a tap, never mind an education department!
And the Aldridge Foundation is a charity, not a 'PRIVATE company, as you state, and delivers extremely good results. Begs the question, where were you educated, and did BwD have anything to do with it?
[quote][p][bold]Twinsmumbeccy[/bold] wrote: Fully support this strike - we don't want PRIVATE companies running our schools! As parents we want free and open choice of where to send our children.... two big supermarkets wouldn't be allowed to operate in the same small town, why should the Aldredge Foundation have monopoly of our education?[/p][/quote]BwD can't run a tap, never mind an education department! And the Aldridge Foundation is a charity, not a 'PRIVATE company, as you state, and delivers extremely good results. Begs the question, where were you educated, and did BwD have anything to do with it? Darwen Malc
  • Score: 2

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