Education bosses say they have "serious concerns" about Basildon Academies

Basildon Recorder: Education bosses say they have "serious concerns" about Basildon Academies Education bosses say they have "serious concerns" about Basildon Academies

EDUCATION chiefs have raised “serious concerns” about the Basildon Academies and say they will be keeping a close eye on the school.

In the wake of the sudden resignation of Dr Rory Fox, who has been headteacher since September 2011, the Government has said they will be keeping pressure on the school to ensure recent improvements continue.

Earlier this year Dr Fox enlisted the help of Margaret Wilson, the headteacher at King John School in Thundersley, to help improve mathematics at the Timberlog Close and Wickford Avenue school sites.

This month Mrs Wilson also took over James Hornsby School in Laindon to help improve standards and create new opportunities for the students.

Since Dr Fox took over the school’s GCSE results have risen from 31 per cent to 45 per cent in one year and he brought in a series of rules which turned the school round.

The department has said it will not be stepping in at the moment but will keep an eye on the school to see what happens because standards were improving.

Dr Fox said: “Since I started at the school I have always just wanted to see the best for the pupils. I believe I have helped put in place the foundations for the school to succeed.

“I got in touch with lots of local schools to try and improve relationships and get in as much expertise as possible.

“The partnership we have with King John is good because of their great maths department they sent in some of their teachers to help us improve.

“Our maths department has come on leaps and bounds and their teachers shared ideas and know how to improve how we do things here.”

Sixth form students have also started mentoring children in the lower academy and at Northlands Infant and Junior School in Pitsea to broaden their curriculum.

Dr Fox added he hoped the school would be out of special measures by autumn next year and said he would keep an eye on the school’s progress when he leaves.

A Department for Education spokesperson added: “We are very concerned by the performance of these schools.

“We have been working with the Basildon Academies since last October and we have made clear the action they need to take to turn around both Academies quickly.

“The Academies have sought additional external expertise and report that they are now above the floor standards for the first time.

“We will continue to closely monitor the schools to ensure that their pupils are getting the education they deserve.”

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1:49pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

Governors are elected to advise and support the establishments activities and its staff at all levels. The curriculum is expected to follow the guidelines as set down by the academic bodies - EDEXCEL - AQA etc. Governors are not generally those with an academic background but have specialist skills in terms of counselling and general stewardship. They tread a very fine line and often if not moderated can overstep these boundaries if not properly advised or aware of the circumstance, perhaps this has been the case here?
Governors are elected to advise and support the establishments activities and its staff at all levels. The curriculum is expected to follow the guidelines as set down by the academic bodies - EDEXCEL - AQA etc. Governors are not generally those with an academic background but have specialist skills in terms of counselling and general stewardship. They tread a very fine line and often if not moderated can overstep these boundaries if not properly advised or aware of the circumstance, perhaps this has been the case here? Olivia2847

2:17pm Mon 22 Oct 12

spectator says...

Pretty certain it's the case here - in a sponsored academy the sponsor and his cronies have the majority on the governing body and the chair of governors Les Livermore, is paid by them. Governors are usually expected to act as "critical friends" but in Academies.......who knows? Unfortunately this majority must have overruled Rory Fox on issues that were crucial to him remaining - despite the fact that the guy was obviously going in the right direction. The same governing body were incumbent when the Academies started off and failed miserably. It's them that should go, not the one person who's got them on the right track! Such a shame.
Pretty certain it's the case here - in a sponsored academy the sponsor and his cronies have the majority on the governing body and the chair of governors Les Livermore, is paid by them. Governors are usually expected to act as "critical friends" but in Academies.......who knows? Unfortunately this majority must have overruled Rory Fox on issues that were crucial to him remaining - despite the fact that the guy was obviously going in the right direction. The same governing body were incumbent when the Academies started off and failed miserably. It's them that should go, not the one person who's got them on the right track! Such a shame. spectator

2:17pm Mon 22 Oct 12

spectator says...

Pretty certain it's the case here - in a sponsored academy the sponsor and his cronies have the majority on the governing body and the chair of governors Les Livermore, is paid by them. Governors are usually expected to act as "critical friends" but in Academies.......who knows? Unfortunately this majority must have overruled Rory Fox on issues that were crucial to him remaining - despite the fact that the guy was obviously going in the right direction. The same governing body were incumbent when the Academies started off and failed miserably. It's them that should go, not the one person who's got them on the right track! Such a shame.
Pretty certain it's the case here - in a sponsored academy the sponsor and his cronies have the majority on the governing body and the chair of governors Les Livermore, is paid by them. Governors are usually expected to act as "critical friends" but in Academies.......who knows? Unfortunately this majority must have overruled Rory Fox on issues that were crucial to him remaining - despite the fact that the guy was obviously going in the right direction. The same governing body were incumbent when the Academies started off and failed miserably. It's them that should go, not the one person who's got them on the right track! Such a shame. spectator

2:31pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

spectator wrote:
Pretty certain it's the case here - in a sponsored academy the sponsor and his cronies have the majority on the governing body and the chair of governors Les Livermore, is paid by them. Governors are usually expected to act as "critical friends" but in Academies.......who knows? Unfortunately this majority must have overruled Rory Fox on issues that were crucial to him remaining - despite the fact that the guy was obviously going in the right direction. The same governing body were incumbent when the Academies started off and failed miserably. It's them that should go, not the one person who's got them on the right track! Such a shame.
Worth repeating and thank you ....
[quote][p][bold]spectator[/bold] wrote: Pretty certain it's the case here - in a sponsored academy the sponsor and his cronies have the majority on the governing body and the chair of governors Les Livermore, is paid by them. Governors are usually expected to act as "critical friends" but in Academies.......who knows? Unfortunately this majority must have overruled Rory Fox on issues that were crucial to him remaining - despite the fact that the guy was obviously going in the right direction. The same governing body were incumbent when the Academies started off and failed miserably. It's them that should go, not the one person who's got them on the right track! Such a shame.[/p][/quote]Worth repeating and thank you .... Olivia2847

4:05pm Mon 22 Oct 12

caroljb says...

Could the Echo not investigate this governing body? It was Les Livermore that got rid of Mr Oddy at Barstable, then Alan Roach, now Dr Fox.
Very suspicious!
Could the Echo not investigate this governing body? It was Les Livermore that got rid of Mr Oddy at Barstable, then Alan Roach, now Dr Fox. Very suspicious! caroljb

5:11pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

caroljb wrote:
Could the Echo not investigate this governing body? It was Les Livermore that got rid of Mr Oddy at Barstable, then Alan Roach, now Dr Fox.
Very suspicious!
They are too scared! As to the Eric Pickles, Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, Cyclists on Canvey and the Dale Farm story
[quote][p][bold]caroljb[/bold] wrote: Could the Echo not investigate this governing body? It was Les Livermore that got rid of Mr Oddy at Barstable, then Alan Roach, now Dr Fox. Very suspicious![/p][/quote]They are too scared! As to the Eric Pickles, Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, Cyclists on Canvey and the Dale Farm story Olivia2847

7:57pm Mon 22 Oct 12

spectator says...

The sponsor in effect "owns" the school - here's a thought - if pupil numbers remain low (a distinct possibility as Rory Fox is not there to continue his all round improvements) Upper and Lower Academies could be accomodated on one site, then the empty site could be sold off for development - would tie in nicely with the "regeneration" of Pitsea!.
The sponsor in effect "owns" the school - here's a thought - if pupil numbers remain low (a distinct possibility as Rory Fox is not there to continue his all round improvements) Upper and Lower Academies could be accomodated on one site, then the empty site could be sold off for development - would tie in nicely with the "regeneration" of Pitsea!. spectator

8:54pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Sammyleez says...

How can they boast about gcse results when the 1st pupils of the academy are only in year 9? The pupils at the upper site started out when the schools were either 'Chalvedon' or 'Barnstable!
How can they boast about gcse results when the 1st pupils of the academy are only in year 9? The pupils at the upper site started out when the schools were either 'Chalvedon' or 'Barnstable! Sammyleez

9:05pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Sammyleez says...

Academies = another way our government wash their hands & privatise, nowhere for parents to complain, or get help when things go wrong,which is constantly happening here, shameful school, from the day it changed to an academy, Chalvedon was doing fine before they changed, now it lacks common sense, empathy & organisation ,it's just a sad sad mess
Academies = another way our government wash their hands & privatise, nowhere for parents to complain, or get help when things go wrong,which is constantly happening here, shameful school, from the day it changed to an academy, Chalvedon was doing fine before they changed, now it lacks common sense, empathy & organisation ,it's just a sad sad mess Sammyleez

6:43pm Thu 8 Nov 12

spectator says...

They got the results as their last year was under Dr. Fox who instigated intensive interventions to boost their grades. They wouldn't have done it otherwise. I agree, Academies are not doing any good in the main.
They got the results as their last year was under Dr. Fox who instigated intensive interventions to boost their grades. They wouldn't have done it otherwise. I agree, Academies are not doing any good in the main. spectator

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