Academy motion is turned down

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A MOTION put forward to ask schools wishing to move to academy status to consult with the town council, was turned down by a majority vote.

Coun Mark Anderson asked that Skegness Town Council calls upon schools which are considering the move to academy status to consider full consultation with parents, the community and Skegness Town Council, so that everyone understands the issues relating to the move. The motion was seconded by Coun Gary Ellis.

Coun Anderson said he was concerned about schools moving to academy status and more information was needed regarding other schools.

Last week it was reported that Skegness Grammar and Hogsthorpe primary wished to join the David Ross Foundation.

However, Coun Mark Smith, who brought some figures and research to the full council meeting, held last Wednesday, said he couldn’t support it because asking the schools to comment with the council would be political interference among other issues. Coun Steve O’Dare also couldn’t support the motion due to the wording and the fact that the consultation should be for the community not the town council.