I’ll turn things around, pledges temporary principal of St Aldhelm’s Academy

TAKING CHARGE: Monica Cross, interim principal at St Aldhelm’s Academy

TAKING CHARGE: Monica Cross, interim principal at St Aldhelm’s Academy

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THE temporary principal of troubled St Aldhelm’s Academy has pledged to turn things around for its hundreds of pupils.

Monica Cross is determined to raise the aspirations of the children and to ensure the curriculum gives them every chance of success.

“I know what I’m doing because I have done this before” she said. “Every school goes through a bit of upheaval when a principal leaves but we are going to move on smoothly.”

Mrs Cross stepped in as interim principal following the shock departure of Cheryl Heron on Monday.

She said she will be in post until a permanent principal is appointed but has no idea when that will be.

Ms Heron became principal when the old Rossmore Community College was replaced by St Aldhelm’s in 2010.

Despite her promises to make rapid improvements to the failing college, just a year later they posted the worst GCSE results in the country with just three per cent of pupils reaching the national benchmark standard of at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths.

Only last month it was revealed that the academy has been the victim of a £1million scam.

Mrs Cross said it was “entirely Cheryl’s decision to leave when she did.”

She added: “Running an academy is not an easy thing, even for an experienced head. Setting up a new school and moving into a new building is very time-consuming and stressful.

“Anybody that leaves before the end of the academic year has their own personal reasons and must be feeling a great deal of stress.”

She said the academy has placed great emphasis on vocational qualifications in recent years but will now focus more on academic subjects due to government changes.

It is currently sponsored by Bournemouth University and the Diocese of Salisbury but the government is considering proposals to make it part of a bigger group of academies, also operated by the Diocese of Salisbury.

Mrs Cross said: “It is becoming increasingly obvious across the country that stand alone academies are not as successful as those that are grouped.”

She was the principal of a London Academy and has since been involved in Portland’s Aldridge Community Academy Trust in an advisory role.

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6:52am Fri 23 May 14

justsayithowitis says...

How many people have said that they will turn that school round. According to Tony Trent it doesn't need turning round so I think he should go and have a word in Monica's ear as she doesn't seem to know what needs doing. I know what needs doing. Close the school and stop wasting my money
How many people have said that they will turn that school round. According to Tony Trent it doesn't need turning round so I think he should go and have a word in Monica's ear as she doesn't seem to know what needs doing. I know what needs doing. Close the school and stop wasting my money justsayithowitis
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6:58am Fri 23 May 14

boardsandphotos says...

justsayithowitis wrote:
How many people have said that they will turn that school round. According to Tony Trent it doesn't need turning round so I think he should go and have a word in Monica's ear as she doesn't seem to know what needs doing. I know what needs doing. Close the school and stop wasting my money
So where exactly would the 900 students go if the School was shut down?
[quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: How many people have said that they will turn that school round. According to Tony Trent it doesn't need turning round so I think he should go and have a word in Monica's ear as she doesn't seem to know what needs doing. I know what needs doing. Close the school and stop wasting my money[/p][/quote]So where exactly would the 900 students go if the School was shut down? boardsandphotos
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7:18am Fri 23 May 14

Jeff in Parkstone says...

Personally I wish the new Head and all teaching staff the very best but I don't see any school making headway unless there is rock solid committed funding support from government DfE and/or LA funding bodies. "Sponsorship" as we now call funding is in my view a highly suspect and hugely dangerous political approach to funding of schools. No good calling a school an academy unless you have solid academy level funding. Funding for every private school runs at several thousand a year per pupil - £30,000 upwards for the top public schools. Funding for state schools runs at several hundred a year ... the bottom line in all this. Below full letter sent to DfE, Ministers, Poole Cllrs, and Diocese.

St Aldhelms Academy Head Teacher Resigns :

To Poole Cllrs, Ofsted, Education Funding Agency, Diocese of Salisbury, Ministers.

Posting in Bournemouth Echo : Is it really a surprise that a large sum of money (£1 million) was scammed by fraudsters off St Aldhelms Academy when there is not clear distinction of responsibility between the funding body (administrators and accountants DfE or LA) and teachers educated and trained to be responsible for the education of children - not to run businesses ?

St Aldhelms served with financial notice ...staff distracted to manage high level funding and astoundingly even deal with international "internet fraud** !!. How can anyone in education coherently argue this is what school teachers - educated and trained to teach children - should be dealing with ?


Posting in Full :

"Well said Cllr Trent speaking up for St Aldhelms.

I for one don't doubt that a lot of work and effort has been put in.

And a lot of teachers are doing their level best.

But the history of the school in recent years (the past twenty) is not good is it Tony.

I am told first hand by a governor from four years ago 17 supply teachers in one year for Maths. As also the academic performance speaks for itself.

Rebranding the school a "sports college" and focussing on less and less academic work is to my mind pretty much dumbing down. Different children certainly have very different abilities through the arts and science and drama and music and sports but focussing a school curriculum narrowly on less academic subjects is surely reducing standards and aspirations to dumb down and fit in with limited resources, management, and political commitment.

Meaning for starters Poole 11+ selection system needs to be abolished and this year. It is uterly out of date. It has for decades driven a hugely divisive two tier education system - for the children and critcally the point that is always lost, for the teachers. The best and most experienced of teachers will always be attracted to the "best" schools when they desperately need to be attracted into teaching in all Poole schools on equal terms.

As also class sizes need reducing. Not 30 plus children in one class - where we were over half a century ago in the 1950s - more like not more than 20 in a class. As you will find of course in all private schools. And needed more teaching assistants, and a dean of students team in each school to deal with discipline.

I am sure the new build is a huge boost but no one super head will ever turn round any school will they if there is not bedrock political support for comprehensive (not sponsored - not "conditional") funding and every school in curriculum and staffing of same standards as every other school. Teachers as happy and keen to be engaged to teach at St Aldhelms as at Poole or Parkstone Grammars.

And that could be acheived Tony if as a matter of urgency Poole takes the first step to a colleigate system in Poole - LA or DfE funded (academy) all secondary teachers are engaged in Poole to teach at all secondary schools as far as is practical. And end of the shocking selection system - the selected and the unselected (which marks children for life) - this year as a matter of urgency.

A school may be the finest in the land (a new build) with the finest facilities and that certainly helps enormously but it will never be a great school will it unless there are first rate long term committed teachers. And for teachers to commit they need to know they have rock solid support - the last thing in my view any Head and team should be worrying about is **funding**.

But there we go in our modern market world as driven by market economics every sphere of our lives including schools in the end becomes a cost driven business. St Aldhelms now - as all other academies - not a "school" but a Limited Company !

Funding is necessary of course but that is surely not an issue for the teaching staff. The funding needs to be managed by the funding body, the teachers taking care of and running the education in the school. Is it really a surprise that a large sum of money was scammed by fraudsters off the school when there is not clear distinction of responsibility between the funding body (bursars and accountants and administrators DfE or LA) and teachers responsible for the lives of the **children** and their education ?

And finally to all those who endlessly press the point that selection is justified as different children have different abilites that is certainly absolutely true but in modern education systems world-wide these multiple abilities are educationally directed, at different ages and stages of development, by subject streaming within the same school.

Not deeply divisive extremely blunt selection into different schools at age 11 but streaming within each secondary school.

That would surely be a very good start in Poole - and catch up with the rest of the modern world. As also sponsorship is in my view a dreadful and hugely dangerous political approach to funding of schools - really where will that end. And I include in that "sponsorship" from any and all religeous foundations and groups however well intentioned. Comparative Religeous Studies in all schools yes but not any religeous foundation or any commerical operators in control of funding.

But then in-so-far as all this funding and financing infrastructure is not being dealt with I can only say no wonder St Aldhelms looses yet another "head hunted" Head Teacher. The third now in the last six years.

One more casualty in what has become the mass onslaught of public funded institutions as they are contorted into semi-public semi-private PPIs and no-one from Whitehall to town hall to Diocese seems to know who is in charge of funding".

Jeff Williams PGCE 1979 (London)

Resident
Poole

Listing - of failure of policy and politics national and local - not the school, not the staff :

St Aldhelms named worst school in GCSE league ... meaning shocking failure of Poole Council and Cllrs divisive educational polices for decades redirected onto the school by DfE under banner "Acadamy".

St Aldhelms Academy loses £1 million in fraud attack ... DfE Education Funding failed as led by Ministers in DfE to provide adequate safe financial structure to safeguard academy finances.

St Aldhelms served with financial notice ...staff distracted to manage high level funding and atoundingly even deal with international "internet fraud** !!. How can anyone in education coherently argue this is what school teachers - educated and trained to teach children - should be dealing with ?

Education Funding Agency - Financial notice to improve : Focus on finances - to a Head Teacher - the school now a business. Teachers spend thousands of hours over many years learning to teach, to focus on children, forced to focus on budgets and funding, not the children.

Question over school scheme - my own appeal in Bournemouth Echo that Poole/DfE move Poole away from selection and share best of teaching resources through the borough. A colleigate system - not a divisive system built on selection.

*********
Personally I wish the new Head and all teaching staff the very best but I don't see any school making headway unless there is rock solid committed funding support from government DfE and/or LA funding bodies. "Sponsorship" as we now call funding is in my view a highly suspect and hugely dangerous political approach to funding of schools. No good calling a school an academy unless you have solid academy level funding. Funding for every private school runs at several thousand a year per pupil - £30,000 upwards for the top public schools. Funding for state schools runs at several hundred a year ... the bottom line in all this. Below full letter sent to DfE, Ministers, Poole Cllrs, and Diocese. St Aldhelms Academy Head Teacher Resigns : To Poole Cllrs, Ofsted, Education Funding Agency, Diocese of Salisbury, Ministers. Posting in Bournemouth Echo : Is it really a surprise that a large sum of money (£1 million) was scammed by fraudsters off St Aldhelms Academy when there is not clear distinction of responsibility between the funding body (administrators and accountants DfE or LA) and teachers educated and trained to be responsible for the education of children - not to run businesses ? St Aldhelms served with financial notice ...staff distracted to manage high level funding and astoundingly even deal with international "internet fraud** !!. How can anyone in education coherently argue this is what school teachers - educated and trained to teach children - should be dealing with ? Posting in Full : "Well said Cllr Trent speaking up for St Aldhelms. I for one don't doubt that a lot of work and effort has been put in. And a lot of teachers are doing their level best. But the history of the school in recent years (the past twenty) is not good is it Tony. I am told first hand by a governor from four years ago 17 supply teachers in one year for Maths. As also the academic performance speaks for itself. Rebranding the school a "sports college" and focussing on less and less academic work is to my mind pretty much dumbing down. Different children certainly have very different abilities through the arts and science and drama and music and sports but focussing a school curriculum narrowly on less academic subjects is surely reducing standards and aspirations to dumb down and fit in with limited resources, management, and political commitment. Meaning for starters Poole 11+ selection system needs to be abolished and this year. It is uterly out of date. It has for decades driven a hugely divisive two tier education system - for the children and critcally the point that is always lost, for the teachers. The best and most experienced of teachers will always be attracted to the "best" schools when they desperately need to be attracted into teaching in all Poole schools on equal terms. As also class sizes need reducing. Not 30 plus children in one class - where we were over half a century ago in the 1950s - more like not more than 20 in a class. As you will find of course in all private schools. And needed more teaching assistants, and a dean of students team in each school to deal with discipline. I am sure the new build is a huge boost but no one super head will ever turn round any school will they if there is not bedrock political support for comprehensive (not sponsored - not "conditional") funding and every school in curriculum and staffing of same standards as every other school. Teachers as happy and keen to be engaged to teach at St Aldhelms as at Poole or Parkstone Grammars. And that could be acheived Tony if as a matter of urgency Poole takes the first step to a colleigate system in Poole - LA or DfE funded (academy) all secondary teachers are engaged in Poole to teach at all secondary schools as far as is practical. And end of the shocking selection system - the selected and the unselected (which marks children for life) - this year as a matter of urgency. A school may be the finest in the land (a new build) with the finest facilities and that certainly helps enormously but it will never be a great school will it unless there are first rate long term committed teachers. And for teachers to commit they need to know they have rock solid support - the last thing in my view any Head and team should be worrying about is **funding**. But there we go in our modern market world as driven by market economics every sphere of our lives including schools in the end becomes a cost driven business. St Aldhelms now - as all other academies - not a "school" but a Limited Company ! Funding is necessary of course but that is surely not an issue for the teaching staff. The funding needs to be managed by the funding body, the teachers taking care of and running the education in the school. Is it really a surprise that a large sum of money was scammed by fraudsters off the school when there is not clear distinction of responsibility between the funding body (bursars and accountants and administrators DfE or LA) and teachers responsible for the lives of the **children** and their education ? And finally to all those who endlessly press the point that selection is justified as different children have different abilites that is certainly absolutely true but in modern education systems world-wide these multiple abilities are educationally directed, at different ages and stages of development, by subject streaming within the same school. Not deeply divisive extremely blunt selection into different schools at age 11 but streaming within each secondary school. That would surely be a very good start in Poole - and catch up with the rest of the modern world. As also sponsorship is in my view a dreadful and hugely dangerous political approach to funding of schools - really where will that end. And I include in that "sponsorship" from any and all religeous foundations and groups however well intentioned. Comparative Religeous Studies in all schools yes but not any religeous foundation or any commerical operators in control of funding. But then in-so-far as all this funding and financing infrastructure is not being dealt with I can only say no wonder St Aldhelms looses yet another "head hunted" Head Teacher. The third now in the last six years. One more casualty in what has become the mass onslaught of public funded institutions as they are contorted into semi-public semi-private PPIs and no-one from Whitehall to town hall to Diocese seems to know who is in charge of funding". Jeff Williams PGCE 1979 (London) Resident Poole Listing - of failure of policy and politics national and local - not the school, not the staff : St Aldhelms named worst school in GCSE league ... meaning shocking failure of Poole Council and Cllrs divisive educational polices for decades redirected onto the school by DfE under banner "Acadamy". St Aldhelms Academy loses £1 million in fraud attack ... DfE Education Funding failed as led by Ministers in DfE to provide adequate safe financial structure to safeguard academy finances. St Aldhelms served with financial notice ...staff distracted to manage high level funding and atoundingly even deal with international "internet fraud** !!. How can anyone in education coherently argue this is what school teachers - educated and trained to teach children - should be dealing with ? Education Funding Agency - Financial notice to improve : Focus on finances - to a Head Teacher - the school now a business. Teachers spend thousands of hours over many years learning to teach, to focus on children, forced to focus on budgets and funding, not the children. Question over school scheme - my own appeal in Bournemouth Echo that Poole/DfE move Poole away from selection and share best of teaching resources through the borough. A colleigate system - not a divisive system built on selection. ********* Jeff in Parkstone
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7:28am Fri 23 May 14

Gordon Cann says...

There is an old English expression that 'fine words butter no parsnips' meaning that words alone and good intentions cannot replace facts

The fragmentation of educational provision ,especially at the secondary level., has undoubtedly contributed to the situation at St.Aldhelms, and the first question that comes to mind is how on earth did £1 million go missing;?secondly why did the headteacher leave in the middle of a term ? and thirdly if we really believe that all children are entitled to the best possible education-ii.,' equal opportunity' how does that square with selective education as practised in Poole?

The situation at St.Aldhelms is the long drawn out conclusion of the virtual removal of local authority control and responsibility-; putting Humpty Dumpty back on the wall may well prove impossible . but it should
be recalled that that this school, under whatever name, once produced excellent results with many pupils going on to University
There is an old English expression that 'fine words butter no parsnips' meaning that words alone and good intentions cannot replace facts The fragmentation of educational provision ,especially at the secondary level., has undoubtedly contributed to the situation at St.Aldhelms, and the first question that comes to mind is how on earth did £1 million go missing;?secondly why did the headteacher leave in the middle of a term ? and thirdly if we really believe that all children are entitled to the best possible education-ii.,' equal opportunity' how does that square with selective education as practised in Poole? The situation at St.Aldhelms is the long drawn out conclusion of the virtual removal of local authority control and responsibility-; putting Humpty Dumpty back on the wall may well prove impossible . but it should be recalled that that this school, under whatever name, once produced excellent results with many pupils going on to University Gordon Cann
  • Score: 4

7:40am Fri 23 May 14

Gordon Cann says...

Perhaps my comment could be added to the excellent letter from Jeff Williams.!

I am pretty sure that there are similar areas of social deprivation in other parts of the country including nearby Southampton, Portsmouhth or Bristol- why did it all go wrong in Parkstone -clearly the historical structure of education in Poole has played an Important , and perhaps crucial. part; but I doubt if that can or will be appreciated by the politicians who went to the comprehensive school near Slough !
Perhaps my comment could be added to the excellent letter from Jeff Williams.! I am pretty sure that there are similar areas of social deprivation in other parts of the country including nearby Southampton, Portsmouhth or Bristol- why did it all go wrong in Parkstone -clearly the historical structure of education in Poole has played an Important , and perhaps crucial. part; but I doubt if that can or will be appreciated by the politicians who went to the comprehensive school near Slough ! Gordon Cann
  • Score: 4

8:45am Fri 23 May 14

onetimeapathetic says...

Haha sponsored by Bournemouth University - that says it all. They claim to be community oriented but have no idea what the local community and businesses need!!!!
Haha sponsored by Bournemouth University - that says it all. They claim to be community oriented but have no idea what the local community and businesses need!!!! onetimeapathetic
  • Score: 1

9:20am Fri 23 May 14

Tony Trent says...

justsayithowitis wrote:
How many people have said that they will turn that school round. According to Tony Trent it doesn't need turning round so I think he should go and have a word in Monica's ear as she doesn't seem to know what needs doing. I know what needs doing. Close the school and stop wasting my money
I will resist waking too many trolls up, but "justsaynotothis" did not read or understand my comments. There are improvements needed, and I could see, as I have actually seen for myself rather than read half baked accounts or listened to hearsay, that things were moving in the right direction (albeit slowly), and that results would pick up. If the school was still LEA I would have pushed for a full investigation into what went wrong that led to the poor results in 2011, as I only have hearsay to go on but I think it might have had implications for other hand overs. Perhaps that happenned behind closed doors.
One of the fiercest critics of the Academy before it opened said it would dump the less able children in pursuit of good headline figures. It did not, and had some excellent vocational courses. It even took on a couple of ex pupils from one such course on as apprentices. They participated in a seminar I helped organise through the Scrutiny Committee I Chair, on local food growing, and were very impressive. (Poole is now part of the Bournemouth and Poole Sustainable Food City - one of very few selected in the UK. I think these youngsters played their part in the development of this).
I wish the new Head well, but continue to hope that the vocational side of the school is still maintained, as it is a lifeline for many pupils who might otherwise falter. It s a pity that so much of the UK's education policy has been dictated by out of touch, public school educated people (that even includes the new UKIP elite), who have not experienced the real world (except the media version of it).
My outsiders advice is to take time to see what works, and what doesn't, before considering sweeping everything aside. Evolution, not revolution, or as the old saying goes, "don't throw he baby out with the bathwater".
[quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: How many people have said that they will turn that school round. According to Tony Trent it doesn't need turning round so I think he should go and have a word in Monica's ear as she doesn't seem to know what needs doing. I know what needs doing. Close the school and stop wasting my money[/p][/quote]I will resist waking too many trolls up, but "justsaynotothis" did not read or understand my comments. There are improvements needed, and I could see, as I have actually seen for myself rather than read half baked accounts or listened to hearsay, that things were moving in the right direction (albeit slowly), and that results would pick up. If the school was still LEA I would have pushed for a full investigation into what went wrong that led to the poor results in 2011, as I only have hearsay to go on but I think it might have had implications for other hand overs. Perhaps that happenned behind closed doors. One of the fiercest critics of the Academy before it opened said it would dump the less able children in pursuit of good headline figures. It did not, and had some excellent vocational courses. It even took on a couple of ex pupils from one such course on as apprentices. They participated in a seminar I helped organise through the Scrutiny Committee I Chair, on local food growing, and were very impressive. (Poole is now part of the Bournemouth and Poole Sustainable Food City - one of very few selected in the UK. I think these youngsters played their part in the development of this). I wish the new Head well, but continue to hope that the vocational side of the school is still maintained, as it is a lifeline for many pupils who might otherwise falter. It s a pity that so much of the UK's education policy has been dictated by out of touch, public school educated people (that even includes the new UKIP elite), who have not experienced the real world (except the media version of it). My outsiders advice is to take time to see what works, and what doesn't, before considering sweeping everything aside. Evolution, not revolution, or as the old saying goes, "don't throw he baby out with the bathwater". Tony Trent
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9:39am Fri 23 May 14

Tony Trent says...

Gordon Cann wrote:
There is an old English expression that 'fine words butter no parsnips' meaning that words alone and good intentions cannot replace facts

The fragmentation of educational provision ,especially at the secondary level., has undoubtedly contributed to the situation at St.Aldhelms, and the first question that comes to mind is how on earth did £1 million go missing;?secondly why did the headteacher leave in the middle of a term ? and thirdly if we really believe that all children are entitled to the best possible education-ii.,' equal opportunity' how does that square with selective education as practised in Poole?

The situation at St.Aldhelms is the long drawn out conclusion of the virtual removal of local authority control and responsibility-; putting Humpty Dumpty back on the wall may well prove impossible . but it should
be recalled that that this school, under whatever name, once produced excellent results with many pupils going on to University
Are you my Guardian reading former history teacher from around 1966?
I do agree that the last two Governments in particular have not been helpful to education. This Academy was a Labour Government academy, and a condition of the new build was that the school was handed over, which also gave it new freedoms. Why could it not have been given the extra freedom to innovate, and the new build, under the wing of an experienced LEA. Poole has to build another secondary school soon (so no school closures trolls!), and raise the finance for it, only to then have to hand it over on a 125 year lease to an Academy Trust. Bonkers!
[quote][p][bold]Gordon Cann[/bold] wrote: There is an old English expression that 'fine words butter no parsnips' meaning that words alone and good intentions cannot replace facts The fragmentation of educational provision ,especially at the secondary level., has undoubtedly contributed to the situation at St.Aldhelms, and the first question that comes to mind is how on earth did £1 million go missing;?secondly why did the headteacher leave in the middle of a term ? and thirdly if we really believe that all children are entitled to the best possible education-ii.,' equal opportunity' how does that square with selective education as practised in Poole? The situation at St.Aldhelms is the long drawn out conclusion of the virtual removal of local authority control and responsibility-; putting Humpty Dumpty back on the wall may well prove impossible . but it should be recalled that that this school, under whatever name, once produced excellent results with many pupils going on to University[/p][/quote]Are you my Guardian reading former history teacher from around 1966? I do agree that the last two Governments in particular have not been helpful to education. This Academy was a Labour Government academy, and a condition of the new build was that the school was handed over, which also gave it new freedoms. Why could it not have been given the extra freedom to innovate, and the new build, under the wing of an experienced LEA. Poole has to build another secondary school soon (so no school closures trolls!), and raise the finance for it, only to then have to hand it over on a 125 year lease to an Academy Trust. Bonkers! Tony Trent
  • Score: 0

9:43am Fri 23 May 14

Teddy 1 says...

Interesting she is quoted as saying that she knows whats shes doing as shes done it before. ..cant help think this will come back to be quoted at her!! She comes across as a rather pompous person. Also, she has been put in place so quickly, cant help thinking that she was waiting in the wings and part of a bigger plan?

I still maintain attitudes need to change in the front office too. You can change the performance of the school with the right leadership and by taking all the students with you but the image portrayed (including cllr trents defensiveness) also needs to change. Treat parents and visitors to the school with respect and you will change attitudes from within (staff/students) and outside (parents, community, public and employers).A good place to start is with changing your front office staff attitudes!!!
Interesting she is quoted as saying that she knows whats shes doing as shes done it before. ..cant help think this will come back to be quoted at her!! She comes across as a rather pompous person. Also, she has been put in place so quickly, cant help thinking that she was waiting in the wings and part of a bigger plan? I still maintain attitudes need to change in the front office too. You can change the performance of the school with the right leadership and by taking all the students with you but the image portrayed (including cllr trents defensiveness) also needs to change. Treat parents and visitors to the school with respect and you will change attitudes from within (staff/students) and outside (parents, community, public and employers).A good place to start is with changing your front office staff attitudes!!! Teddy 1
  • Score: 4

10:35am Fri 23 May 14

Tony Trent says...

Teddy 1 wrote:
Interesting she is quoted as saying that she knows whats shes doing as shes done it before. ..cant help think this will come back to be quoted at her!! She comes across as a rather pompous person. Also, she has been put in place so quickly, cant help thinking that she was waiting in the wings and part of a bigger plan?

I still maintain attitudes need to change in the front office too. You can change the performance of the school with the right leadership and by taking all the students with you but the image portrayed (including cllr trents defensiveness) also needs to change. Treat parents and visitors to the school with respect and you will change attitudes from within (staff/students) and outside (parents, community, public and employers).A good place to start is with changing your front office staff attitudes!!!
Some wise words within your input. Not sure what your issues are with front office staff, but my so called "defensiveness" is more a case of putting out a more balanced view than either the Echo or the annonymous contributors here have. The only interest I have in this is that the local school gives the best start in life for ALL of the children in the area. The brightest already get skimmed off by the Grammar Schools, but the "near misses", the "average", and the "challenged", still need to be catered for. I could see that beginning to improve - though with many challenges yet to be met. I was given some alarming accounts of where some new pupils were starting from at 11 - and they don't need soundbites or sensationalist headline stories, or politicians jumping on a bandwagon to come up with an ill thought out knee jerk reaction. They need the right kind of help from the right people. It would help if our schools were measured and compared on the "value added" to pupils during their time. That would serve pupils better as it would encourage the right help for pupils rather than risk some being abandonned by the system in favour of those that would give the best statistics. I have seen in the past difficult young people being written off as failures too soon, a trait still alive on these pages. We have been importing skills that many of our lost children could have had with the right start, and that is not just a schools issue!
[quote][p][bold]Teddy 1[/bold] wrote: Interesting she is quoted as saying that she knows whats shes doing as shes done it before. ..cant help think this will come back to be quoted at her!! She comes across as a rather pompous person. Also, she has been put in place so quickly, cant help thinking that she was waiting in the wings and part of a bigger plan? I still maintain attitudes need to change in the front office too. You can change the performance of the school with the right leadership and by taking all the students with you but the image portrayed (including cllr trents defensiveness) also needs to change. Treat parents and visitors to the school with respect and you will change attitudes from within (staff/students) and outside (parents, community, public and employers).A good place to start is with changing your front office staff attitudes!!![/p][/quote]Some wise words within your input. Not sure what your issues are with front office staff, but my so called "defensiveness" is more a case of putting out a more balanced view than either the Echo or the annonymous contributors here have. The only interest I have in this is that the local school gives the best start in life for ALL of the children in the area. The brightest already get skimmed off by the Grammar Schools, but the "near misses", the "average", and the "challenged", still need to be catered for. I could see that beginning to improve - though with many challenges yet to be met. I was given some alarming accounts of where some new pupils were starting from at 11 - and they don't need soundbites or sensationalist headline stories, or politicians jumping on a bandwagon to come up with an ill thought out knee jerk reaction. They need the right kind of help from the right people. It would help if our schools were measured and compared on the "value added" to pupils during their time. That would serve pupils better as it would encourage the right help for pupils rather than risk some being abandonned by the system in favour of those that would give the best statistics. I have seen in the past difficult young people being written off as failures too soon, a trait still alive on these pages. We have been importing skills that many of our lost children could have had with the right start, and that is not just a schools issue! Tony Trent
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Fri 23 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Good luck.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but...............

My suggestion: exclude the first mite who bucks the system. And their parents.

That will be a wake up call. There is no 'quiet transition'.
Good luck. You can put lipstick on a pig, but............... My suggestion: exclude the first mite who bucks the system. And their parents. That will be a wake up call. There is no 'quiet transition'. Yankee1
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8:05pm Fri 23 May 14

carrrob says...

Yawn yawn another 100 k per year + total waste of money !!!
Yawn yawn another 100 k per year + total waste of money !!! carrrob
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