Decision dates for Hove Park School's academy plans

Mark Steel, comedian and journalist, was compere at a protest rally

Mark Steel, comedian and journalist, was compere at a protest rally

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The results of a crucial - but non-binding - ballot at Hove Park School will be announced soon.

Updated: The ballot results are now expected on Wednesday, July 16

The results of a crucial - but non-binding - ballot of parents of students at Hove Park School will be announced on Wednesday (July 16)

On the same day, the equally-important parent-governor elections take place.

Three longstanding vacancies may be filled by three anti-academy parents: Sarah Arjun, Sharon Duggal, and Mark Radcliffe.

A total of nine candidates are standing for election. The others are: Anthony Campbell, Peter Colmer, Alison Haughton, Elizabeth Maddison, Fiona Paris, and Andy Whippey.

Also on the same day, teachers at the school will take strike action in a last-ditch bid to thwart moves to transform the school into an academy, with no accountability to the local authority or citizens in Brighton and Hove.

A final decision has been delayed by governors, who will now decide whether to press ahead with academy status, after the summer holidays, on September 22.

Up to 200 people attended a march and rally organised by campaigners against the academy plans last Saturday.