Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

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I attended Tidemill from 1958-1964. Back then the Head (of the Juniors, which was separately led from the Infants) Mr Parkhouse was wonderful, and rather than being paid a huge sum to run the school, literally gave his all when he had a heart attack and died in assembly one morning.

I imagine he is turning in his grave at the proposal Elms and the governors are making.

Back in the Eleven+ days, not many people passed and went to grammar school, but most were well-enough educated to make a huge success in their lives. When a group of us met up a few years ago to catch up with our old teacher, Miss Silson (who is alive and kicking in her 70s) as a graduate teacher I was probably the least well-off of the bunch. We all owe her, Mr Parkhouse and the school a great deal. This change would be to spit in their eyes, and ours. Valerie Weber

Having taught at Tidemill for 20 years as well as my 3 children attending from 1990 to 2000, I feel very strongly that Tidemill should be a community school. Much disinformation about academies is disseminated, including better pay for teachers. As a long-standing NUT committee member I know only too well this is a nonsense – teachers are not subject to national pay & conditions agreements. Unqualified teachers may be used and the door is open for even more far-reaching use of TAs than present to take classes. Academies are elitist and steal (not too strong a word) funds from existing LA schools. Also, there is the new build question. Why should Lewisham allow an academy, out of their jurisdiction, to occupy a building that we have paid for from our council taxes? I think Mark Elms could be in for a nasty shock if he thinks there is no issue here.

Academies represent the biggest act of educational vandalism since Grant Maintained schools. Propaganda put out by both the Labour and Coalition governments claim that Academies raise levels of attainment. They don’t – proportionally more Academies appeared on the list of National Challenge schools that maintained schools and many have been deemed by OFSTED to be failing.
It is claimed that by becoming an Academy a school will have more freedom but it comes at a cost. While they may have more freedom to select and exclude pupils, alter teachers conditions of service (for better or for worse) and vary the curriculum (if the National Curriculum isn’t good enough for Academies it isn’t good enough for anyone) they are ultimately accountable to the Secretary of State. Governors are appointed rather than elected, hardly a good model in a democratic society. If Tidemill is allowed to become an Academy, resources including the buildings and land will be stolen from the people of Deptford.
This is not about improving standards, it is more to do with the ego of Mark Elms – hardly a worthy cause.  John Wadsworth

Tidemill should stay as a community school, where all stakeholders will have a voice. Selina Sharp

Dear Mr. Elms I think that tidemill should not become an academy because tidemill is fine the way it is the children at your school love the way tidemill is, you can make the new building but keep it as a primary school I’m sure that the childrens will love that.
You should let the children have their choice if their want tidemill to become a academy becuase you will know if children will come to your school.
Think of what the children what, but if a silly one don’t count it.
Thank you for listening to my reason. Rose

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