Moulsecoomb Primary School in Brighton becomes an academy

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Elementary school teachers and pupils are set to return to the classroom for the first time since their school became an academy.

Moulsecoomb Primary School in Highway, Brighton, is joining ten more primary schools as part of the Pioneer Academy Trust.

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The school was awarded the lowest possible rating by the Education Monitoring Authority after a visit in April 2019.

The damned report began a process that saw the government step in to force the school, located off Lewis Road, to become an academy.

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Labor advisers and the Greens reacted with anger to the news, which was also opposed by unions, teachers and parents.

However, Mason Ellis, director of the Pioneers Academy, told me that the trust is designed to provide children in school with “an enjoyable and successful education.”

“Everyone at Pioneer Academy is thrilled to welcome Molescombe into our family of schools,” he said.

“We want every child who attends one of our schools to have an enjoyable and successful education.

“We are fully focused on providing a high-quality education that not only provides solid progression for every pupil but also high-quality children who are ready for high school.”

Principal Adam Sutton said he looks forward to working with Pioneer Academy to implement “exciting plans” for the school.

He said, “I know that trust shares my ambition to provide all of our students with a first-class education in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.”

Activists from Hands Off Mulsecoomb Primary School staged several protests outside the school and traveled to the Pioneer Academy headquarters in Kent to show their opposition to the plans.

Chancellor Hannah Clare, chair of the Children, Youth and Skills Committee at Brighton and Hove City Council, said activists should be proud of their commitment.

She said: “It is a very sad day for the city to see our valuable community school handed over to an academic secretariat, against the will of our community.

“While the government wrote to the council to express their happiness that this had happened, they misread an entire community who told them the academy was not necessary here and wanted to keep the school under the control of the local authority.

“Now we will move forward to work as a board with the Pioneer Academy Trust to ensure we provide the best education for our children and continue to provide the school with a constructive challenge.”

Brighton and Hove City Council said it would continue to work with the Academy’s confidence “in a constructive manner”.

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