Council to fight plans to turn primary into academy

The city council wants the school to stay under local control

Brighton & Hove City Council says it will fight Government plans to force a primary school to become an academy after it failed a recent inspection.

Moulsecoomb Primary was branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted. However, parents have joined local councillors to say that spending cuts are partly to blame and that the school needs more time to turn things around.

The local authority opposes academies on principle - and says there is no evidence they raise standards. More than one thousand 500 people have signed a petition to revoke the academy order.

The Department for Education said that it issued the order because of the school's 'underperformance'.

Watch Andy Dickenson's report below.

This is what the City Council had to say: