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PARENTS, children and teachers had a singalong to raise cash for charity and send a message to the council.

They gathered in the playground of Hertford Infant School in Hollingdean, Brighton, to rock out to an anthem written by Robb Johnson, a former teacher at the school.

The song, called That’s Not Fair, was recorded with children and parents with the lyrics “don’t pick on us cause we’re little, don’t pick on us cause we’re small, pick on someone your own size, Brighton and Hove Council.”

Dozens sang the single which was written as a plea to the council to not go ahead with the proposals to reduce the size of Hertford Infant School, which also has a junior school.

The plan is to cut the school, which has an outstanding Ofsted rating, from an entry size of two classes down to one.

Cakes and drinks were sold at the Christmas fair along with copies of That’s Not Fair, with all the proceeds going to Brighton Community Night Shelter, a charity which aims to create a permanent night shelter for rough sleepers in the city.

Headteacher Zoe McGuigan said: “It is a charity close to our hearts and this is really important to us, and we won’t stop fighting to save the school until the children get what’s right.”

Musician Mr Johnson left Hertford to spend more time writing songs, but maintains a good relationship with the school and does work with the National Union of Teachers.

He said he is extremely passionate about the school’s future.

Mr Johnson said: “The council should be ashamed of themselves. It makes no sense whatsoever to do this to the school. I was so happy when I was a teacher here.”

He also said it is important to raise money for charity.

“I wanted to do something to involve the homeless,” he said.

“Often like children, they have things done to them by people in power.

“I interviewed people from the homeless community at the Clock Tower, and we have spoken word in the record from those interviews, with the proceeds going to charity.

“You’ve got to help people in whatever way you can.”

The song can be downloaded on iTunes for £1.58.


Source: The Argus