St Aldhelm’s Academy served with financial notice to improve by the DFE after falling victim to £1m email scam

School tricked out of £1m in email scam served with financial notice to improve

FINANCIAL NOTICE: St Aldhelm’s Academy, Poole

POSITION: Headteacher Cheryl Heron

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THE secondary school scammed for more than £1m has been served with a financial notice to improve by the Department for Education.

Whitehall chiefs have written to the headteacher of St Aldhelm’s Academy in Poole, Cheryl Heron, over the school’s ‘weak financial position’.

The academy must now submit a detailed action plan outlining how it will improve its finances.

And the DfE says the current sponsorship arrangements at the school are not working and it wants the sponsors – Bournemouth University and the Diocese of Salisbury – to step down. DfE officials have made it a requirement that the school trust passes a resolution to make this happen.

The DfE says it has acted because of the school’s need to obtain deficit funding and advances from the department and ‘significant weaknesses’ in internal financial control.

The move is not directly linked to the fraud which saw £1.1m withdrawn from a school account after a member of staff gave away access codes to criminals posing as bank officials in an email. As the Daily Echo revealed on Monday, the money was due to be paid to developers Kier.

The firm carried out a £9.8m redevelopment of the school last year.

The school was just one of a number of organisations nationally that has been defrauded.

The cash is currently being repaid to the Education Funding Agency, an arm of the DfE, at the rate of £75,000 a month.

The school’s plan to get its house in order will be reviewed by the EFA next month. It must also clear transactions with the EFA.

A DfE spokesman said: “St Aldhelm’s Academy has been issued with a financial notice to improve following concerns over their financial management and governance arrangements.

“Should they fail to meet the conditions further intervention procedures will be considered.

“Academies operate under a strict system of oversight and accountability – more robust than in council-run schools – which means any issues are identified and that we can take swift action.”

The £1m fraud, which happened in July last year, is still under investigation by a number of agencies, including Dorset Police and the Met.

'School is getting there' says governor

Chairman of governors at St Aldhelm’s, Tony Moore, said the school has brought in fresh expertise, new procedures and a new finance director to deal with the issues.

“It is all being dealt with and we are on the right road,” he said.

“We have just had a successful audit and that should give people confidence.

“The EFA obviously wants to be reassured that public money is being spent properly. The school is getting there.”

Mr Moore said there was general agreement that the current sponsorship model is ‘not working’ even though both Bournemouth University and the Diocese of Salisbury had made a significant contribution to St Aldhelm’s.

A new arrangement linking the school with a number of other academies would be better, he added.

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7:30am Fri 11 Apr 14

RM says...

Hope the police are thoroughly investigating all staff connected with this robbery? Otherwise any innocent staff member will always have the shadow of suspicion hanging over them. And why was the robbery kept secret for almost a year? Please investigate Echo.
Hope the police are thoroughly investigating all staff connected with this robbery? Otherwise any innocent staff member will always have the shadow of suspicion hanging over them. And why was the robbery kept secret for almost a year? Please investigate Echo. RM
  • Score: 30

7:54am Fri 11 Apr 14

crispy_pants says...

End of term report.
.
Could do better.
End of term report. . Could do better. crispy_pants
  • Score: 20

7:56am Fri 11 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

1+1=2
2+2=4
3+3=6...............
....



I guess the "member" of staff didn't have 4 fingers and 1 thumb either.
1+1=2 2+2=4 3+3=6............... .... I guess the "member" of staff didn't have 4 fingers and 1 thumb either. BIGTONE
  • Score: 19

8:16am Fri 11 Apr 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Heads should roll
Heads should roll itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 22

8:50am Fri 11 Apr 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

The bank didn't question 1.1million leaving the account? Bank almost as bad as the school finance heads.
The bank didn't question 1.1million leaving the account? Bank almost as bad as the school finance heads. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 22

9:20am Fri 11 Apr 14

mark.s says...

It happened in July last year? It's taken this long to come to light?!

Wow.
It happened in July last year? It's taken this long to come to light?! Wow. mark.s
  • Score: 24

10:41am Fri 11 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

Chris@Bmouth wrote:
The bank didn't question 1.1million leaving the account? Bank almost as bad as the school finance heads.
It's more than a little unlikely that £1.1M would leave the account in one withdrawal/payment without being questioned. If it left the account in a number of small withdrawals, the account wasn't being checked frequently enough.

This error may have started as a naive, gullible clerk falling for an email scam. It took more than one person to compound the error into a £1.1M ****-up of epic proportions.
[quote][p][bold]Chris@Bmouth[/bold] wrote: The bank didn't question 1.1million leaving the account? Bank almost as bad as the school finance heads.[/p][/quote]It's more than a little unlikely that £1.1M would leave the account in one withdrawal/payment without being questioned. If it left the account in a number of small withdrawals, the account wasn't being checked frequently enough. This error may have started as a naive, gullible clerk falling for an email scam. It took more than one person to compound the error into a £1.1M ****-up of epic proportions. JackJohnson
  • Score: 6

11:19am Fri 11 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

So, I can lose a million quid through stupidity, and just get a note from someone saying I must do better next time? Has anyone got a mill I could borrow?
So, I can lose a million quid through stupidity, and just get a note from someone saying I must do better next time? Has anyone got a mill I could borrow? speedy231278
  • Score: 7

11:52am Fri 11 Apr 14

MattGillett says...

Several years ago my business was targeted by fraudsters. When I was fully compensated by the bank, part of the agreement was that I was not allowed to disclose how the fraudsters had got the money. However, if I had not had tight financial controls, I would not have been reimbursed. The police were not interested in trying to make a prosecution, the bank was simply red-faced.
If this school had ever written a cheque from the account with the savings in or signed into this bank account online using only password security they would be extremely vunerable and would be unlikely to get compensation. We don't know what happened in this case but the comments seriously underestimate the sophistication of the fraudsters.
Several years ago my business was targeted by fraudsters. When I was fully compensated by the bank, part of the agreement was that I was not allowed to disclose how the fraudsters had got the money. However, if I had not had tight financial controls, I would not have been reimbursed. The police were not interested in trying to make a prosecution, the bank was simply red-faced. If this school had ever written a cheque from the account with the savings in or signed into this bank account online using only password security they would be extremely vunerable and would be unlikely to get compensation. We don't know what happened in this case but the comments seriously underestimate the sophistication of the fraudsters. MattGillett
  • Score: 13

12:14pm Fri 11 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of

Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch.

The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility.

The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.
Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch. The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility. The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering. muscliffman
  • Score: 15

12:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Norman Stansfield says...

muscliffman wrote:
Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of

Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch.

The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility.

The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.
Public money isn't 'real' money to some people. There's a never ending supply. When it runs out, they can print some more.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch. The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility. The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.[/p][/quote]Public money isn't 'real' money to some people. There's a never ending supply. When it runs out, they can print some more. Norman Stansfield
  • Score: 14

12:49pm Fri 11 Apr 14

sea poole says...

NS- What an inane and ignorant comment. Guess the Daily Mail is your breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and bedtime reading! Ask many schools that are struggling to make ends meet (and I don't include the current school under scrutiny) and having to make valuable staff redundant
NS- What an inane and ignorant comment. Guess the Daily Mail is your breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and bedtime reading! Ask many schools that are struggling to make ends meet (and I don't include the current school under scrutiny) and having to make valuable staff redundant sea poole
  • Score: -14

1:05pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Narwhal says...

Quote:

"Academies operate under a strict system of oversight and accountability – more robust than in council-run schools – which means any issues are identified and that we can take swift action."

Next para:

The £1m fraud, which happened in July last year.........

Swift Action, really
Quote: "Academies operate under a strict system of oversight and accountability – more robust than in council-run schools – which means any issues are identified and that we can take swift action." Next para: The £1m fraud, which happened in July last year......... Swift Action, really Narwhal
  • Score: 12

6:31pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

The Salisbury Diocese seems to be in a bit of a shambles.

Perhaps it should stick to souls, and not children's education.
The Salisbury Diocese seems to be in a bit of a shambles. Perhaps it should stick to souls, and not children's education. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

7:43pm Fri 11 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

Yankee1 wrote:
The Salisbury Diocese seems to be in a bit of a shambles.

Perhaps it should stick to souls, and not children's education.
Given the size of this monumental ****-up maybe their real expertise is R-souls.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: The Salisbury Diocese seems to be in a bit of a shambles. Perhaps it should stick to souls, and not children's education.[/p][/quote]Given the size of this monumental ****-up maybe their real expertise is R-souls. JackJohnson
  • Score: 2

7:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

I like the logo to the right of the entrance.....how much did that cost? Is that not a pyramid in the middle? Wonders will never cease...........noth
ing to see hear, move on.
I like the logo to the right of the entrance.....how much did that cost? Is that not a pyramid in the middle? Wonders will never cease...........noth ing to see hear, move on. O'Reilly
  • Score: 4

8:24pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of

Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch.

The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility.

The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.
You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy?

That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh!

Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch. The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility. The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.[/p][/quote]You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy? That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh! Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant. Baysider
  • Score: -8

9:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of

Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch.

The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility.

The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.
You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy?

That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh!

Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.
But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts!
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch. The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility. The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.[/p][/quote]You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy? That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh! Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.[/p][/quote]But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts! muscliffman
  • Score: 4

9:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of

Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch.

The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility.

The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.
You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy?

That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh!

Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.
But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts!
Ha, ha you wouldn't know a FACT if it bit you on your backside Muzzy. As you well know the whole point of an academy is to free it from the very type of control and management structures you so detest and so frequently share your ignorant, ill-informed opinions on.

On this occasion you must have spun around in circles thinking of a way to blame the council but gave up and just made up some other scenarios to suit your prejudices instead.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch. The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility. The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.[/p][/quote]You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy? That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh! Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.[/p][/quote]But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts![/p][/quote]Ha, ha you wouldn't know a FACT if it bit you on your backside Muzzy. As you well know the whole point of an academy is to free it from the very type of control and management structures you so detest and so frequently share your ignorant, ill-informed opinions on. On this occasion you must have spun around in circles thinking of a way to blame the council but gave up and just made up some other scenarios to suit your prejudices instead. Baysider
  • Score: -5

9:49pm Fri 11 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of

Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch.

The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility.

The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.
You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy?

That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh!

Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.
But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts!
Ha, ha you wouldn't know a FACT if it bit you on your backside Muzzy. As you well know the whole point of an academy is to free it from the very type of control and management structures you so detest and so frequently share your ignorant, ill-informed opinions on.

On this occasion you must have spun around in circles thinking of a way to blame the council but gave up and just made up some other scenarios to suit your prejudices instead.
This Academy is funded by the tax paying public through the Government, simply because it is not entirely controlled by the nearest local Authority as it used to be as a school does not change the reality that it remains publicly funded - so it is in the public-sector.

Sorry if you are finding all this a little difficult to grasp.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch. The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility. The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.[/p][/quote]You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy? That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh! Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.[/p][/quote]But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts![/p][/quote]Ha, ha you wouldn't know a FACT if it bit you on your backside Muzzy. As you well know the whole point of an academy is to free it from the very type of control and management structures you so detest and so frequently share your ignorant, ill-informed opinions on. On this occasion you must have spun around in circles thinking of a way to blame the council but gave up and just made up some other scenarios to suit your prejudices instead.[/p][/quote]This Academy is funded by the tax paying public through the Government, simply because it is not entirely controlled by the nearest local Authority as it used to be as a school does not change the reality that it remains publicly funded - so it is in the public-sector. Sorry if you are finding all this a little difficult to grasp. muscliffman
  • Score: 6

10:41pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of

Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch.

The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility.

The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.
You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy?

That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh!

Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.
But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts!
Ha, ha you wouldn't know a FACT if it bit you on your backside Muzzy. As you well know the whole point of an academy is to free it from the very type of control and management structures you so detest and so frequently share your ignorant, ill-informed opinions on.

On this occasion you must have spun around in circles thinking of a way to blame the council but gave up and just made up some other scenarios to suit your prejudices instead.
This Academy is funded by the tax paying public through the Government, simply because it is not entirely controlled by the nearest local Authority as it used to be as a school does not change the reality that it remains publicly funded - so it is in the public-sector.

Sorry if you are finding all this a little difficult to grasp.
You do make me laugh Muzzy old chap. It's like you're genetically programmed to trot out your standard anti-public sector, outdated claptrap like one of Pavlovs pooches. When you can't find some little nugget to focus on thst you think supports your bias (ignoring anything that doesn't fit in with it) you just make up stuff instead.

The fact is this school is self managed outside the local authority educational system, just as you would like every other local service to be.

...and you STILL don't know what actually happened before, during or after they were targetted by these criminals do you???
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch. The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility. The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.[/p][/quote]You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy? That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh! Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.[/p][/quote]But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts![/p][/quote]Ha, ha you wouldn't know a FACT if it bit you on your backside Muzzy. As you well know the whole point of an academy is to free it from the very type of control and management structures you so detest and so frequently share your ignorant, ill-informed opinions on. On this occasion you must have spun around in circles thinking of a way to blame the council but gave up and just made up some other scenarios to suit your prejudices instead.[/p][/quote]This Academy is funded by the tax paying public through the Government, simply because it is not entirely controlled by the nearest local Authority as it used to be as a school does not change the reality that it remains publicly funded - so it is in the public-sector. Sorry if you are finding all this a little difficult to grasp.[/p][/quote]You do make me laugh Muzzy old chap. It's like you're genetically programmed to trot out your standard anti-public sector, outdated claptrap like one of Pavlovs pooches. When you can't find some little nugget to focus on thst you think supports your bias (ignoring anything that doesn't fit in with it) you just make up stuff instead. The fact is this school is self managed outside the local authority educational system, just as you would like every other local service to be. ...and you STILL don't know what actually happened before, during or after they were targetted by these criminals do you??? Baysider
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12:22am Sat 12 Apr 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Simple phishing! How dumb can they be?
Simple phishing! How dumb can they be? HRH of Boscombe
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6:28pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

sea poole wrote:
NS- What an inane and ignorant comment. Guess the Daily Mail is your breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and bedtime reading! Ask many schools that are struggling to make ends meet (and I don't include the current school under scrutiny) and having to make valuable staff redundant
Money is short?

In DCC/Purbeck, there are new and refurbished schools everywhere you look, costing millions. Money is being spent as though there was no tomorrow.

The builders are making a mint.
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: NS- What an inane and ignorant comment. Guess the Daily Mail is your breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and bedtime reading! Ask many schools that are struggling to make ends meet (and I don't include the current school under scrutiny) and having to make valuable staff redundant[/p][/quote]Money is short? In DCC/Purbeck, there are new and refurbished schools everywhere you look, costing millions. Money is being spent as though there was no tomorrow. The builders are making a mint. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

7:56pm Sat 12 Apr 14

MattGillett says...

muscliffman wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of

Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch.

The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility.

The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.
You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy?

That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh!

Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.
But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts!
Ha, ha you wouldn't know a FACT if it bit you on your backside Muzzy. As you well know the whole point of an academy is to free it from the very type of control and management structures you so detest and so frequently share your ignorant, ill-informed opinions on.

On this occasion you must have spun around in circles thinking of a way to blame the council but gave up and just made up some other scenarios to suit your prejudices instead.
This Academy is funded by the tax paying public through the Government, simply because it is not entirely controlled by the nearest local Authority as it used to be as a school does not change the reality that it remains publicly funded - so it is in the public-sector.

Sorry if you are finding all this a little difficult to grasp.
On this premise do you think that Kier are public sector because they are the ultimate recipients of the funds? I ask this as a shareholder in Aggregate industries, who build a lot of roads, pretty much always state funded. The state must own that also, what a chump I was buying those!
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Usually in a private corporate situation involving a 'missing' £1million all or many executive staff would have been immediately suspended (without prejudice) whilst inquiries proceed. So in view of there being no reports this has occurred in this instance we have to trust there is more known about this £1million theft than we are aware of Nevertheless it does seem remarkable that the most senior staff (presumably) remain active in post given the serious scale of this situation, because however, whoever and whatever might have happened it unquestionably DID happen on their very well rewarded watch. The delay in the general public being informed can be easily explained as essential to assist investigations, it can also be explained as a desperate attempt to cover everything up - and there are plenty of public sector precedents to support the latter possibility. The unfortunate kids and our public money both deserve a lot better than this dreadful establishment and it's present senior staff seem capable of delivering.[/p][/quote]You don't know ANY of the details behind this nor what action may or may not have been taken do you Muzzy? That hasn't stopped you filling in the blanks though to suit your usual agenda. You can't wait to tell us normally how well run things are when they're not under local authority control yet funnily enough you're now very keen to suggest this school IS now state controlled when it clearly acts independently. God forbid you have to concede that not everything's better in your imaginary 'real world' eh! Your anti-public sector agenda remains as dogmatic as it is transparent and ignorant.[/p][/quote]But this school is NOT in the private sector and the missing £1million plus was most certainly public money, so who needs any 'agenda', just check the facts![/p][/quote]Ha, ha you wouldn't know a FACT if it bit you on your backside Muzzy. As you well know the whole point of an academy is to free it from the very type of control and management structures you so detest and so frequently share your ignorant, ill-informed opinions on. On this occasion you must have spun around in circles thinking of a way to blame the council but gave up and just made up some other scenarios to suit your prejudices instead.[/p][/quote]This Academy is funded by the tax paying public through the Government, simply because it is not entirely controlled by the nearest local Authority as it used to be as a school does not change the reality that it remains publicly funded - so it is in the public-sector. Sorry if you are finding all this a little difficult to grasp.[/p][/quote]On this premise do you think that Kier are public sector because they are the ultimate recipients of the funds? I ask this as a shareholder in Aggregate industries, who build a lot of roads, pretty much always state funded. The state must own that also, what a chump I was buying those! MattGillett
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