Six figure salary for new Basildon Academies head

Southend Standard: The troubled Upper Academy The troubled Upper Academy

THE top job at the troubled Basildon Academies is being advertised with a six-figure salary.

The school, which is in special measures, is advertising for a new principal in the Times Educational Supplement promising a “competitive six figure salary and benefits”.

The ad has been placed with the help of external agency, Pentir Talent Solutions, a London based firm.

The school is looking for a permanant head since Dr Rory Fox quit the academies in October following a row with school governors over a new maths and English curriculum.

The ad says the school has the “support of our sponsor Martin Finegold” and serves “an area of significant deprivation”. It admits “educational standards have not been good for a number of years” but points out its recent GCSE success where results rose from from 31 per cent of pupils achieving 5 A* to C grades in 2011 to 45 per cent in 2012.

Tim Coulson, head of education at Essex County Council, welcomed the approach the school was taking.

He said: “I would say this is a sensible move by the academies. It is a very big job and they want the best person. It is not totally the norm for heads to be given six figures salaries but they want a strong leader and therefore an attractive wage.”

Mike Phillips, Managing Director of Pentir, confirmed the academies had approached the firm to help them find a head but said the governors would still make the final decision.

Les Livermore, chairman of governors at the school, said: “It is common practice for educational organisations to commission an external agency in order to recruit the highest calibre of candidates for important leadership positions within schools and academies. There will be a short listing process which will then come to the governing body for final appointment."

The closing date for applicants is Monday, March 4.

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4:23pm Sun 17 Feb 13

William S says...

Surely it should also be performance related to ensure the key which is give the best teaching & learning (life skills also) to the children is obtained rather than people looking for next buck,,,,,,,,,,also assume the CoG Les Livermore is still on 60K also to add to the financial burden.!??
Surely it should also be performance related to ensure the key which is give the best teaching & learning (life skills also) to the children is obtained rather than people looking for next buck,,,,,,,,,,also assume the CoG Les Livermore is still on 60K also to add to the financial burden.!?? William S

5:01pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

they'll only ever collect a few month's pay though.

They go through head teachers there like I go through teabags
they'll only ever collect a few month's pay though. They go through head teachers there like I go through teabags Cosmo Spring

11:23pm Sun 17 Feb 13

essex_oracle says...

Most academies now advertise with a six figure salary, to attract good calibre candidates. The trouble is that the Echo, unions and DfE have reported negatively about these schools so that they now have to add a premium to attract the best.

Who is going to risk their career for the same salary they could pick up in much easier school.
Most academies now advertise with a six figure salary, to attract good calibre candidates. The trouble is that the Echo, unions and DfE have reported negatively about these schools so that they now have to add a premium to attract the best. Who is going to risk their career for the same salary they could pick up in much easier school. essex_oracle

11:53am Mon 18 Feb 13

perini says...

..but the problem with the Governors still remains!
..but the problem with the Governors still remains! perini

7:38pm Mon 18 Feb 13

spectator says...

So what is this "support" that sponsor, Martin Finegold, is giving the Academies?. It's certainly not the £4,000,000 promised, it's not even £4! In fact, he's asked Government to be let of the hook so what is his contribution? Zilch! Turns up occasionally, introduces 6th formers to Barclays (Barclays are willing to speak to students anyway! as are most large organisations). And as for the Board of Governors - they are responsible for ensuring the success or otherwise of the school and at Les Livermore's salary (Chairs of other schools are unpaid) you would think that at least he would make a proper fist of it. He's just sponsor's mouthpiece. Money for old rope!
So what is this "support" that sponsor, Martin Finegold, is giving the Academies?. It's certainly not the £4,000,000 promised, it's not even £4! In fact, he's asked Government to be let of the hook so what is his contribution? Zilch! Turns up occasionally, introduces 6th formers to Barclays (Barclays are willing to speak to students anyway! as are most large organisations). And as for the Board of Governors - they are responsible for ensuring the success or otherwise of the school and at Les Livermore's salary (Chairs of other schools are unpaid) you would think that at least he would make a proper fist of it. He's just sponsor's mouthpiece. Money for old rope! spectator

7:49pm Mon 18 Feb 13

spectator says...

"Serves an area of significant deprivation" - so do inner city schools but very many are far more successful than the Academies. Deprivation is always used as an excuse. It's not about where you come from, but focussing on where you're going that counts. Senior management and teachers shouldn't dumb everything down, but have high expectations and raise aspirations.
"Serves an area of significant deprivation" - so do inner city schools but very many are far more successful than the Academies. Deprivation is always used as an excuse. It's not about where you come from, but focussing on where you're going that counts. Senior management and teachers shouldn't dumb everything down, but have high expectations and raise aspirations. spectator

7:50pm Mon 18 Feb 13

spectator says...

So what is this "support" that sponsor, Martin Finegold, is giving the Academies?. It's certainly not the £4,000,000 promised, it's not even £4! In fact, he's asked Government to be let of the hook so what is his contribution? Zilch! Turns up occasionally, introduces 6th formers to Barclays (Barclays are willing to speak to students anyway! as are most large organisations). And as for the Board of Governors - they are responsible for ensuring the success or otherwise of the school and at Les Livermore's salary (Chairs of other schools are unpaid) you would think that at least he would make a proper fist of it. He's just sponsor's mouthpiece. Money for old rope!
So what is this "support" that sponsor, Martin Finegold, is giving the Academies?. It's certainly not the £4,000,000 promised, it's not even £4! In fact, he's asked Government to be let of the hook so what is his contribution? Zilch! Turns up occasionally, introduces 6th formers to Barclays (Barclays are willing to speak to students anyway! as are most large organisations). And as for the Board of Governors - they are responsible for ensuring the success or otherwise of the school and at Les Livermore's salary (Chairs of other schools are unpaid) you would think that at least he would make a proper fist of it. He's just sponsor's mouthpiece. Money for old rope! spectator

4:31pm Wed 27 Feb 13

lewis911 says...

Not surprised at the salary on offer, it seems to be the norm for sponsor academy chain groups. In fact the CEO of the Academies Enterprise Trust where Jerry Glazier, NUT Regional Manager is a Board member was at last count earning £240,000 per annum. I assume that the NUT is now supporting such renumeration.

P Lewis
Not surprised at the salary on offer, it seems to be the norm for sponsor academy chain groups. In fact the CEO of the Academies Enterprise Trust where Jerry Glazier, NUT Regional Manager is a Board member was at last count earning £240,000 per annum. I assume that the NUT is now supporting such renumeration. P Lewis lewis911

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