Hit squad drafted in to rescue Futures College

King John School headteacher Margaret Wilson - helping out Futures

King John School headteacher Margaret Wilson - helping out Futures

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HEADTEACHERS and education chiefs are among a hit squad sent in to clear up the crisis at Futures Community College, the Echo can reveal.

Headteacher Stuart Reynolds is being helped by figures including Dr Paul Hayman, head of Westcliff High School for Girls; Margaret Wilson, head at King John School, in Thundersley; and Murray Foster, former leader of Southend Council.

The new interim executive board has replaced the board of governors after another poor Ofsted report.

Worried parents claim classes at the college in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend, are being run without teachers due to widespread staff absence while the school website shows maths, English and science do not have subject leaders.

Mr Reynolds said the board was already working to improve standards and is offering GCSE pupils extra lessons to help them before taking exams this summer.

He said: “The children are our priority, without doubt. How they do is of utmost importance to the school. Students are the school.

“We are here to support their learning and Paul Hayman is in school regularly to do just that. It is good to have a critical friend to make sure we have as much impact as quickly as possible.

“We intend to run support classes for students, like intervention to boost their grades. It is a strategy I have used to bring improvements in other schools.”

He declined to answer questions about staff absence or claims by unions of some teachers and support staff being warned they were at risk of redundancy.

Mr Reynolds, who helped turn around James Hornsby High School, in Laindon, said: “The interim executive board ismade up of a group experienced in bringing about school improvements.

“We are actively recruiting to empty posts and are supporting staff to get them back to work as quickly as possible.”

One mum, who asked not to be named, said she was worried about the future of her daughter in Year 11.

She said: “Half of her teachers weren’t at last week’s parents’ evening. The teaching just hasn’t been up to scratch.

“Her maths and ICT teachers never seem to be there. There are supply teachers, but they write a few bits on the board and let the students get on with it. It’s not teaching

“When you try to complain, you can get no higher than the head of year. It’s a vital year and it’s becoming more stressful.”

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8:27am Wed 12 Feb 14

kisha says...

About time to, my son attends this school the things he tells me that happen in lessons and around the school is awful. I really hope this team can make a positive difference. Bring back Dr Alder, the school was good when she was in charge she went and the school slowly went downhill.
About time to, my son attends this school the things he tells me that happen in lessons and around the school is awful. I really hope this team can make a positive difference. Bring back Dr Alder, the school was good when she was in charge she went and the school slowly went downhill. kisha
  • Score: 10

11:41am Wed 12 Feb 14

jayman says...

hmmm. Dr Paul Hayman and Margaret Wilson can give daily lectures to the children on the topic of 'eugenics' and why they should not really bother too much, perhaps a career in the catering or the hospitality industry would fit in with grammar school preconceptions of a basic state education and the bewildered cohorts of children who have to endure the baffling system.

Meanwhile. Murray Foster can deliver a power point presentation on saving the school which draws on unrealistic and complicated ideals and sound-bites which exist somewhere outside the realms of possibility. when he is finished 'power-pointing' he can count the beans and bottle tops that are used to barter for school equipment, teachers and educational resource..
hmmm. Dr Paul Hayman and Margaret Wilson can give daily lectures to the children on the topic of 'eugenics' and why they should not really bother too much, perhaps a career in the catering or the hospitality industry would fit in with grammar school preconceptions of a basic state education and the bewildered cohorts of children who have to endure the baffling system. Meanwhile. Murray Foster can deliver a power point presentation on saving the school which draws on unrealistic and complicated ideals and sound-bites which exist somewhere outside the realms of possibility. when he is finished 'power-pointing' he can count the beans and bottle tops that are used to barter for school equipment, teachers and educational resource.. jayman
  • Score: -1

2:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

leavingonajetplane says...

I am afraid this is one of the worst, and most violent schools in Engand; and everyone in the region's teaching profession is aware of this. The constant change in senior staff looking to bloat resumes is disgusting. They then blame the Heads of Department, who in turn are asked to pressurize classroom teachers. The student population is made up of a large number of foreign students with English issues, and is also the school students kicked out of other schools end up in. I know a few teachers who have been badly assaulted and or abused, and this is usually covered up. One had her arm almost broken. Each time a new Head comes in, they pick teachers to sacrifice to show change, but it makes no difference. Those of us with long memories will know that the same words spoken by the newly appointed Head were spoken by two of the previous ones. For those who wish to claim Dr Alder was a good Head don't realise she was sacked in the end for assaulting a child, who had a very bad track record in school. There are hundreds of stories one could tell, but one does not as the good students deserve respect. Locals are just glad that their houses do not fall into this catchment as it detracts £20000 in value from your home!
I am afraid this is one of the worst, and most violent schools in Engand; and everyone in the region's teaching profession is aware of this. The constant change in senior staff looking to bloat resumes is disgusting. They then blame the Heads of Department, who in turn are asked to pressurize classroom teachers. The student population is made up of a large number of foreign students with English issues, and is also the school students kicked out of other schools end up in. I know a few teachers who have been badly assaulted and or abused, and this is usually covered up. One had her arm almost broken. Each time a new Head comes in, they pick teachers to sacrifice to show change, but it makes no difference. Those of us with long memories will know that the same words spoken by the newly appointed Head were spoken by two of the previous ones. For those who wish to claim Dr Alder was a good Head don't realise she was sacked in the end for assaulting a child, who had a very bad track record in school. There are hundreds of stories one could tell, but one does not as the good students deserve respect. Locals are just glad that their houses do not fall into this catchment as it detracts £20000 in value from your home! leavingonajetplane
  • Score: 1

2:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

leavingonajetplane says...

Oh, never believe what this institution tells parents! If you have a child there, get them private tutoring and or get them out as fast as you can. The LEA has always tried to block transfers as every borough like Southend needs a place like this. Unfortunately the teachers and good students have their educations and careers sacrificed.
Oh, never believe what this institution tells parents! If you have a child there, get them private tutoring and or get them out as fast as you can. The LEA has always tried to block transfers as every borough like Southend needs a place like this. Unfortunately the teachers and good students have their educations and careers sacrificed. leavingonajetplane
  • Score: 2

2:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

leavingonajetplane says...

Just reading the article again, parents should know that the Head of English has now left also, after being almost sent to the psych ward after one poor supervisor after another, and no skilled and experienced English teachers on staff. This person struggled for years to keep the results up and do what she could for each kid as this teacher has strong religious convictions about education, but became a scapegoat for some of the worst school management in England, who sit pretty on nice pay packets giving lectures about how things should be done, while kids run wild and teachers leave. The latest incident was a kid almost killed in a fight where a chisel was stabbed into his neck in class. Shame on all those in Southend Council and school management responsible for this blood bath.
Just reading the article again, parents should know that the Head of English has now left also, after being almost sent to the psych ward after one poor supervisor after another, and no skilled and experienced English teachers on staff. This person struggled for years to keep the results up and do what she could for each kid as this teacher has strong religious convictions about education, but became a scapegoat for some of the worst school management in England, who sit pretty on nice pay packets giving lectures about how things should be done, while kids run wild and teachers leave. The latest incident was a kid almost killed in a fight where a chisel was stabbed into his neck in class. Shame on all those in Southend Council and school management responsible for this blood bath. leavingonajetplane
  • Score: 2

2:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Margaret Wilson is Head of King John, whose results have steadily got worse over the last couple of years!
Pupils at Futures don't care about education - if they did they would work hard rather than behaving vioolently. Their parents don't value education, or they would support the school and sort out their own kids.
Margaret Wilson is Head of King John, whose results have steadily got worse over the last couple of years! Pupils at Futures don't care about education - if they did they would work hard rather than behaving vioolently. Their parents don't value education, or they would support the school and sort out their own kids. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 2

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