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Benfield Primary School Consultation

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to abandon its proposals to halve the admission numbers for Benfield Primary School

We would like to take a moment to express the impact the proposed changes would have on our School and the wider community. We have the best team of teachers who provide an excellent education for all our children.

As a team, the school has turned itself around and what it has achieved in the last few years is nothing short of amazing, we lead with the best. The school keeps within its budget and all the staff and parents are against these proposals and we stand as a community to fight them.

We request that a full equalities impact assessment be carried out before any more time is spent considering a reduction to Benfield School

We are concerned that other options for reducing PAN have not been considered, for example reducing one of the other local three form entry school's to two forms

Benfield balances its budget and is not 'in the red', it has forecast itself to remain that way for the next few years. This means its staff can concentrate on providing high quality education

Benfield is a school in the top 25% of the country for pupils progress, a TRUE measure of a school's success. Reducing the number admitted to Benfield would prevent children from accessing this great education

It has recently become a national teaching school. The council congratulated the school on this stating "excellent news for the school and recognition of the huge improvements that have taken place at the school in recent years, it is also good news for the city...".

The teaching school status was awarded based on a 2 form entry school, delivering high quality teacher training would be very challenging if not impossible, if it were a one form entry school.

The council should be supporting the school with this prized status NOT MAKING IT HARDER FOR THEM.

Staff jobs would be lost. The whole team at Benfield have worked really hard to turn the school around rapidly and they are incredibly dedicated to the children and the school community. It would have a massive impact on the school if staff were lost, they make the school what it is.

This ePetition ran from 13/10/2017 to 12/11/2017 and has now finished.

1322 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The petition will be presented to the Children, Young People & Skills Committee on the 13th November,2017.


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