Darwen Vale academy move confirmed

Darwen Vale academy move confirmed

Darwen Vale academy move confirmed

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

DARWEN Vale High School will become an academy under the Aldridge Foundation after the move was rubber-stamped by the Department for Education.

It follows months of controversy at plans to academise the school, which followed an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report last year.

Union bosses said there had been noticeable improvements, including in GCSE results, since the inspection and under the leadership of new headteacher Fiona Jack, but the DfE pressed on with the move anyway.

There was further opposition to the choice of sponsor with the DfE pushing for the Aldridge Foundation, which already runs the town’s other high schools.

Following the decision, bosses at the Aldridge Foundation said they would not change the name of the school, nor its uniform.

Honor Wilson-Fletcher, chief executive of the Aldridge Foundation, said: “We are making a commitment to the school and the name and uniform will remain the same, unless parents and governors say they want it changing.

“We have always said the whole point is the diversity of all the school we run that is important.

Darwen Vale is and will continue to be a completely separate entity to Darwen Academy.

“This is not about politics, this is about the wellbeing of the families, children and staff.”

Darwen Vale headteacher Fiona Jack said: “We can get on with it now and just keep moving forward, as we have been doing.

“I am delighted the Aldridge Foundation have committed to people’s views by keeping the name and uniform.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said: “I am extremely disappointed that they failed to consult properly with parents.

“We will continue to work with parents and governors to make sure improvements are made.”

Blackburn with Darwen NUT leader Simon Jones said: “It is evident the consultation was a complete shambles.

“I think it is absolutely outrageous they are riding roughshod over the parents and community.”

NASUWT local rep Claire Ward, a teacher at the school, said: “It has been proven to be the sham we have always expected it to be.

“Their consultation showed that 88 per cent of people did not want it to become an Aldridge academy, yet they are choosing not to pay attention.

“I am utterly disgusted at the DfE’s lack of acknowledgement of the views of the people of Darwen.”

Darwen MP Jake Berry said: “I am very pleased that the Aldridge Foundation has provided cast iron guarantees that the name, ethos, independence and school teachers’ pay and conditions will be protected.”

Will Straw, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Rossendale and Darwen, said: “After a year of instability, now is the time for everyone in the community to get behind Fiona Jack and support her impressive efforts to improve performance at the school and give young people in Darwen the best possible education.”

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5:42pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Nelson J says...

Daylight robbery!!!!
Daylight robbery!!!! Nelson J
  • Score: -7

6:30pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Thelma 15 says...

Brilliant news for DVHS at last.
Brilliant news for DVHS at last. Thelma 15
  • Score: -8

6:39pm Sat 28 Jun 14

georgieRTID says...

Good. now we will at least have two decent schools in darwen.

what i dont understand is why lancashire telegraph arent lookng at why so many schools in blackburn and darwen are going down hill. kate holern has a lot to answer for.
Good. now we will at least have two decent schools in darwen. what i dont understand is why lancashire telegraph arent lookng at why so many schools in blackburn and darwen are going down hill. kate holern has a lot to answer for. georgieRTID
  • Score: 9

6:58pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

So darwen folk can now choose an Aldridge academy. But if that doesn't suit you then you have the choice of another Aldridge academy.
So darwen folk can now choose an Aldridge academy. But if that doesn't suit you then you have the choice of another Aldridge academy. Excluded again
  • Score: 5

8:26pm Sat 28 Jun 14

darwenTower says...

Excluded again wrote:
So darwen folk can now choose an Aldridge academy. But if that doesn't suit you then you have the choice of another Aldridge academy.
Aren't Capita the powerhouse that they have become largely due to their relationship with the Labour authority?
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: So darwen folk can now choose an Aldridge academy. But if that doesn't suit you then you have the choice of another Aldridge academy.[/p][/quote]Aren't Capita the powerhouse that they have become largely due to their relationship with the Labour authority? darwenTower
  • Score: 8

6:29pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Lord_Lucan says...

The Blackburn - Darwen divide. Soon we will have all schools in Darwen run by the Aldridge Acedemy and all schools in Blackburn run by Tauheedul. Then we will have education excellence in Blackburn and mediocrity in Darwen.
The Blackburn - Darwen divide. Soon we will have all schools in Darwen run by the Aldridge Acedemy and all schools in Blackburn run by Tauheedul. Then we will have education excellence in Blackburn and mediocrity in Darwen. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -13

6:31pm Sun 29 Jun 14

HelpingDarwen says...

As an old boy of DVHS I think it is unfair for the school to lose its independence, especially when it is so clearly on the road to recovery in fantastic new premises.
But, it's time to move on. Let's make the best of the new order. Best wishes to Fiona Jack in making the most out of it for Darwen kids.
As an old boy of DVHS I think it is unfair for the school to lose its independence, especially when it is so clearly on the road to recovery in fantastic new premises. But, it's time to move on. Let's make the best of the new order. Best wishes to Fiona Jack in making the most out of it for Darwen kids. HelpingDarwen
  • Score: 8

11:59am Mon 30 Jun 14

Interlocutor says...

They promise that everything will stay the same, even the Headteacher. So what's the point of the exercise? Only that politicians are as enthralled by the private sector as rabbits are by oncoming headlights.
They promise that everything will stay the same, even the Headteacher. So what's the point of the exercise? Only that politicians are as enthralled by the private sector as rabbits are by oncoming headlights. Interlocutor
  • Score: 5

9:19pm Sat 12 Jul 14

SlimJimz says...

Privatisation of the schools, NHS, doctors, any form of actual care .. And all you numpties can do, is cheer? Oh wait, i forgot.. Darwen and Blackburn pansies have no actual backbone. Didn't you hear? " Vale " soon to be privatised which means public money into private pockets.. Protested, they didn't want that at all. You believe DACA is any good? then why aren't your kids already there? You morons and your high and mighty issues, you believe your kids will be better off, because you've no backbone to say otherwise. The majority of you, don't ever go to school so you're saying yay, when it's the kids that will suffer.
Privatisation of the schools, NHS, doctors, any form of actual care .. And all you numpties can do, is cheer? Oh wait, i forgot.. Darwen and Blackburn pansies have no actual backbone. Didn't you hear? " Vale " soon to be privatised which means public money into private pockets.. Protested, they didn't want that at all. You believe DACA is any good? then why aren't your kids already there? You morons and your high and mighty issues, you believe your kids will be better off, because you've no backbone to say otherwise. The majority of you, don't ever go to school so you're saying yay, when it's the kids that will suffer. SlimJimz
  • Score: 1

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