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Troubled School Loses Senior Figures

Thursday May 8 2014




A TROUBLED school is losing its headteacher and deputy as both have got jobs at other schools.

Shafton Primary Academy head Ruth Lyons leaves in the summer and is serving notice but is currently off sick.

Parents organised a petition to remove her from her post 18 months ago because of claims there were problems with pupil discipline, bullying among pupils, concerns about teaching standards and a lack of communication between the school and parents.

Mike Barnett, spokesman for the school's sponsor, AET, said: "We are currently making arrangements for an experienced headteacher to take over the position in September."

Mr Barnett confirmed that deputy headteacher Tamara Gulliver is also leaving the school in July.

Coun Dave North said that Shafton is a school that has been struggling for a number of years.

"Ofsted have been back a number of times since it was given notice to improve, and it's not been good," he added.

"The school has made very little progress. It makes me sad to think that it has come to this."

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Reply Posted by Taff on Thursday May 8 2014 at 15:18
Haha typical politician " a couple of years" THE PAINT IS STILL WET , numpty can't wait to move looks like my 2 eldest are destined for ASOS hope were gone before the next 2 move up ( sorry to Asos workers by the way in advance : )

Reply Posted by Ex priory school pupil on Thursday May 8 2014 at 15:26
Should have given Mr Bretton the job in the 1st place instead of appointing someone who was more bothered about ppl wearing uniform & walking round with a megaphone before pupils education & welfare. No for a fact the school wouldn't be such a shithole & failing if he'd had been running it & certainly wouldn't be any bullying!!!

Reply Posted by xxx on Thursday May 8 2014 at 15:35
Ex priory school pupil this this isnt about shafton alc its about shafton primary!!!

Reply Posted by sunshinegirl on Thursday May 8 2014 at 15:40
Ex priory school student- was that mr Bretton the maths teacher at priory that wanted the job?
Shafton school used to b a great school and its such a shame it as come to this! Hope whatever changes happen they turn out for the best.

Reply Posted by Munchie on Thursday May 8 2014 at 19:12
This school just needs help from there sponsor AET, everyone slagging the school off doesn't help the moral of staff who try there very best every day to support every child 100%!! My child who as SEN as been supported by numerous members of staff and the support is fantastic.

Reply Posted by anon on Sunday May 11 2014 at 10:13
Why sorry to ASOS workers Taff?? So what your saying is you need to be thick to work there? My brother works for ASOS and he passed all his G.C.S.E's!! With flying colours may I add! It just happens that he was laid off from his "well payed" job and before claim dole money he wentt there.

Reply Posted by chickadee on Sunday May 11 2014 at 15:16
Well said anon. These jobs are often easily dismissed by people that walked into a job 30 years ago and haven't had the heartbreak of being laid off and having to take any work to make ends meet. I know people that work in the call centres and warehouses of Manvers with degrees in subjects that should land them wonderful jobs. However of the terrible state of the economy plus the fact that successive governments have hounded much of the production and development companies out of the UK means that the wonderful jobs aren't there to land in.