Mark Schofield, the headteacher at Shoeburyness High School, will take over from Pauline Harris who notified parents and governors of her decision to leave Cecil Jones College

Southend Standard: Superhead steps in after resignation rocks school Superhead steps in after resignation rocks school

A SUPERHEAD has been appointed to take over at Cecil Jones College in the New Year following the shock announcement its headteacher has resigned.

Mark Schofield, the headteacher at Shoeburyness High School, will take over from Pauline Harris who notified parents and governors of her decision to leave the Southend school at the end of this term.

The departure of Mrs Harris comes just days before the school is due to break for the Christmas holiday.

Mr Schofield, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, will become executive head and will have responsibility for almost 3,000 students in the two schools, double the number he has responsibility for now.

Shoeburyness High School was named as one of the 100 most improving schools in the country earlier this year, and received a letter from Minister of State for School David Laws congratulating it on its “excellent” GCSE performance.

Mr Schofield takes on both roles just months after Cheryl Woolf took on the role of executive head at Friars Primary School in Shoebury in conjunction with her role at West Leigh Junior School.

James Courtenay, Southend councillor responsible for children and education, refused to be drawn on whether the council believed this was the way forward for education in the borough.

He said: “Mark has managed a wonderful improvement at Shoebury High School. It was only recently in the top 100 schools nationally for improvement in its GCSE results.

“His vision and guidance will see Cecil through the interim and further its improvement journey.

“My vision is that every child in Southend should go to a good if not outstanding school and Mark is helping that in a small way.”

Cecil Jones went into special measures after education watchdog Ofsted branded it as inadequate, after an inspection in September 2009.

Mr Courtenay thanked Mrs Harris for her hard work in helping to bring it out of special measures, in January 2012.

Jane Theadom, head of learning at Southend Council, added Mrs Harris had created a strong foundation for a bright future at Cecil Jones.

She said: “Pauline led Cecil Jones College successfully out of special measures, providing the students with an inspirational place of learning they were very proud of. We appreciate all she’s contributed to education in Southend and wish her every future success.”

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7:45am Thu 19 Dec 13

Nebs says...

If a head can really run two schools then it's time all the schools in the borough shared a head. It would save enough to keep an old peoples home open, or something equally as deserving.
If a head can really run two schools then it's time all the schools in the borough shared a head. It would save enough to keep an old peoples home open, or something equally as deserving. Nebs

9:05am Thu 19 Dec 13

GrumpyofLeigh says...

What notice periods do Heads have to give? I assume from this that its one month - I might have thought that three months would be more appropriate at that level of seniority.
What notice periods do Heads have to give? I assume from this that its one month - I might have thought that three months would be more appropriate at that level of seniority. GrumpyofLeigh

9:47am Thu 19 Dec 13

fletch12107 says...

Why do the Echo give titles out like SUPERHEAD. He is a head teacher and gets well rewarded for the job he does. Do we think that little of the children that attend these schools that we allow one person to manage both schools? Time will tell how this all pans out and how many teachers go off with stress because SUPERHEAD will be delegating more work out to them.
Why do the Echo give titles out like SUPERHEAD. He is a head teacher and gets well rewarded for the job he does. Do we think that little of the children that attend these schools that we allow one person to manage both schools? Time will tell how this all pans out and how many teachers go off with stress because SUPERHEAD will be delegating more work out to them. fletch12107

9:55am Thu 19 Dec 13

Sensible of Leigh says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
What notice periods do Heads have to give? I assume from this that its one month - I might have thought that three months would be more appropriate at that level of seniority.
Teachers' terms and conditions state that a Headteacher must give at least 3 months notice. This beckmes 4 months in the case of someone leaving at the end of the Summer Term. It is also assumed that most resignations take effect at the end of a term.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: What notice periods do Heads have to give? I assume from this that its one month - I might have thought that three months would be more appropriate at that level of seniority.[/p][/quote]Teachers' terms and conditions state that a Headteacher must give at least 3 months notice. This beckmes 4 months in the case of someone leaving at the end of the Summer Term. It is also assumed that most resignations take effect at the end of a term. Sensible of Leigh

10:32am Thu 19 Dec 13

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Sensible of Leigh wrote:
GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
What notice periods do Heads have to give? I assume from this that its one month - I might have thought that three months would be more appropriate at that level of seniority.
Teachers' terms and conditions state that a Headteacher must give at least 3 months notice. This beckmes 4 months in the case of someone leaving at the end of the Summer Term. It is also assumed that most resignations take effect at the end of a term.
Which suggests that she must have handed in her notice just as this term was commencing - hardly a "shock" then?
[quote][p][bold]Sensible of Leigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: What notice periods do Heads have to give? I assume from this that its one month - I might have thought that three months would be more appropriate at that level of seniority.[/p][/quote]Teachers' terms and conditions state that a Headteacher must give at least 3 months notice. This beckmes 4 months in the case of someone leaving at the end of the Summer Term. It is also assumed that most resignations take effect at the end of a term.[/p][/quote]Which suggests that she must have handed in her notice just as this term was commencing - hardly a "shock" then? GrumpyofLeigh

1:38pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Sensible of Leigh says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Sensible of Leigh wrote:
GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
What notice periods do Heads have to give? I assume from this that its one month - I might have thought that three months would be more appropriate at that level of seniority.
Teachers' terms and conditions state that a Headteacher must give at least 3 months notice. This beckmes 4 months in the case of someone leaving at the end of the Summer Term. It is also assumed that most resignations take effect at the end of a term.
Which suggests that she must have handed in her notice just as this term was commencing - hardly a "shock" then?
In my previous comment I should have added the words, 'in normal circumstances'!
Quite rightly the case of this particular Headteacher is a confidential matter which only concerns her and her employers.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible of Leigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: What notice periods do Heads have to give? I assume from this that its one month - I might have thought that three months would be more appropriate at that level of seniority.[/p][/quote]Teachers' terms and conditions state that a Headteacher must give at least 3 months notice. This beckmes 4 months in the case of someone leaving at the end of the Summer Term. It is also assumed that most resignations take effect at the end of a term.[/p][/quote]Which suggests that she must have handed in her notice just as this term was commencing - hardly a "shock" then?[/p][/quote]In my previous comment I should have added the words, 'in normal circumstances'! Quite rightly the case of this particular Headteacher is a confidential matter which only concerns her and her employers. Sensible of Leigh

1:54pm Thu 19 Dec 13

GrumpyofLeigh says...

But since local taxpayers ARE her employers, they might have more than a little interest in how she could drop the school "in it" so to speak. But since the change in headship has been managed so seamlessly, it has clearly been on the cards - ie hardly a "shock".
But since local taxpayers ARE her employers, they might have more than a little interest in how she could drop the school "in it" so to speak. But since the change in headship has been managed so seamlessly, it has clearly been on the cards - ie hardly a "shock". GrumpyofLeigh

7:03pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Anonkingston says...

It is amazing the lack of coverage of Pauline Harris has received in her time at Cecil Jones, exam results this year are not worthy of praise (why haven't these been published in the Southend echo - lazy journalism perhaps). The school did come out of special measures in my opinion at a great cost and wool pulled over OFSTED's eyyes. Many good/ outstanding practitioners have moved onto pastures new and the coaching programme possibly a failure - see staff structure on website (I am told staff refer to this as the culling programme).

Perhaps the school/ LA should publish staff turnover rates or % attendance of pupils. This headteacher is far from good, I would describe her as unreasonable, unaware, unable to control behaviour yet able to manipulate the press or avoid there questions.. She lined managed the English department last year yet results didn't increase significanty is my understanding!!!

Perhaps the LA could publish there recent review of the school, it seems she is now moving to pastures new. What meetings took place after this. Interesting she had a stretch of absence this term.

Every rock will be turned over - her famous quote to staff. As a man or woman reaps he/ she sows would be my response.

Hopefully this superhead will give staff space for creativity and hold incumbent leaders to account. The leadership at Cecil Jones have a lot to be held accountable for after many years of inadequate performance. Interesting another deputy who left now runs another failing school.
It is amazing the lack of coverage of Pauline Harris has received in her time at Cecil Jones, exam results this year are not worthy of praise (why haven't these been published in the Southend echo - lazy journalism perhaps). The school did come out of special measures in my opinion at a great cost and wool pulled over OFSTED's eyyes. Many good/ outstanding practitioners have moved onto pastures new and the coaching programme possibly a failure - see staff structure on website (I am told staff refer to this as the culling programme). Perhaps the school/ LA should publish staff turnover rates or % attendance of pupils. This headteacher is far from good, I would describe her as unreasonable, unaware, unable to control behaviour yet able to manipulate the press or avoid there questions.. She lined managed the English department last year yet results didn't increase significanty is my understanding!!! Perhaps the LA could publish there recent review of the school, it seems she is now moving to pastures new. What meetings took place after this. Interesting she had a stretch of absence this term. Every rock will be turned over - her famous quote to staff. As a man or woman reaps he/ she sows would be my response. Hopefully this superhead will give staff space for creativity and hold incumbent leaders to account. The leadership at Cecil Jones have a lot to be held accountable for after many years of inadequate performance. Interesting another deputy who left now runs another failing school. Anonkingston

7:09pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Anonkingston says...

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