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Primary schools in takeover

Friday January 29 2016

A GOVERNMENT-funded trust will be taking over four primary schools in the Dearne. 

Highgate, Carrfield, at Bolton, and The Hill and Gooseacre, both at Thurnscoe, will move to the Reach4 Academy Trust from Navigate Academies Trust on April 1.

The schools are the first in the country to join the new trust, which is funded through a £10m government Northern Sponsor Fund.

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Reply Posted by Anon on Sunday January 31 2016 at 16:18
Why do our schools want to be in academies. Should have stayed in local authority control, the new heads of these academies are making schools into a business, they can make their own wages, their own curriculum and can push the most vulnerable children out like children with SEN to boost results. If you have an issue with school and you don't agree with the head then it's tough as that is where the book generally ends.

Reply Posted by Anon on Sunday January 31 2016 at 16:34
Please don't judge all academies by one sweeping comment! Yes academies have a greater flexibility over the curriculum and staffing etc however they are still expected to teach a balanced curriculum (which OFSTED will look at) and staff transfer on their current terms and conditions under tupe. As for the SEN and vulnerable pupils comment - this clearly shows your lack of understanding of the education system, the SEN code of practice and the way schools actually work. Don't tar all schools with the same brush and damage the great work the vast majority of school leaders, governors and staff do.

Reply Posted by Anon on Sunday January 31 2016 at 17:07
There will always be good academies amongst the bad and good teachers and staff amongst the bad, it was in the news recently and it as been in the news prior about academies illegally excluding pupils and how they have been excluding a high proportion of children with Sen. You tell me how to complain about a headteacher of an academy?

Reply Posted by Anon on Sunday January 31 2016 at 20:16
never should of been turned in to academies this is bad news for children who as special needs as its all about money and its the most vulnerable thats suffer ....

Reply Posted by Anon on Sunday January 31 2016 at 21:02
All academies will have a complaints procedure - the Head Teachers of any Academy have to answer to the board of directors (similar to a governing body) and as such the chair of that board will be able to deal with any complaints. If the academy is part of a trust there will more than likely be an executive head that runs the schools within the trust and may also be a contact for complaints. Heads of academies are held to account as any other head - it is just perceived by some that they aren't. Once the complaint has been heard by the directors (and any Exec Head would be on this panel) and a conclusion has been reached as with all schools the matter will be placed on file and closed. Hope that helps.

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday February 1 2016 at 13:30
I did look at complaining about something but the head is the executive head. Each type of complaint as its own department and none seem to fit what I want to complain about

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