The decision was taken by the Governing Board on 14/03/2017 that Academy Status with Ark should continue to be pursued for Castledown School.

This was despite wide-ranging evidence that the community disagreed, including 1,696 people from the wider community signing online and paper petitions, the offer of up to 200 hours help per week from parents, and the Motion passed by Hastings Borough Council calling for a halt to the consultation. The report issued by the Governing Board acknowledged the massive support for the Hands Off Castledown campaign, and also revealed that 95% of parent respondents were against the transfer to Ark.  (Read our statement here)

The decision to continue pursuing the transfer not only contradicts the Governing Board Report, but also contradicts several statutory duties of Governing Boards including the ability “to demonstrate the methods used to seek the view of parents and carers” and significantly “how those views have influenced their decision making” [Governance Handbook (2017)]

Hands Off Castledown will continue to fight for the majority view, and are proposing a Day of action and pupil strike on 31st March 2017! Please join us if you can.

The decision will now lie with the Regional School’s Commissioner Dominic Herrington. Email address: So please do continue to lobby him for the next few weeks! (Find email addresses for other decision makers here, including ESCC and Amber Rudd MP)

Thank you!

HANDS OFF CASTLEDOWN was started by parents of children at Castledown Community Primary School in Hastings, who were told in January 2017 that the school was applying for Academy status, with a planned transfer date of September 2017… Find out more