Committee support for academies

A West Sussex County Council committee said it was reassured that schools were not being pressurised into becoming academies and voted to support the council’s committment to the programme.

Members of the Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee met with Cabinet member for education and schools, Peter Griffiths, following a petition against the programme from the Worthing High Academy Action Group. Many of the concerns raised by the petitioners related to the consultation process involved in schools gaining academy status.

A county council spokesman said the aim of the academies programme was to drive up educational standards in the county’s schools.

Chairman Richard Burrett said: “Indications from schools that have been academies for several years are that they have seen real improvements in outcomes for children, and we want to see these improvements continue.”