Campaign to prevent Woodlands academy status plan

Southend Standard: Campaign – Danielle Northcott Campaign – Danielle Northcott

A CONCERNED parent has begun a campaign against Woodlands School becoming an academy.

Danielle Northcott, 40, fears for her children’s education if the school, in Woodlands Approach, is turned into an academy.

Mum-of-four Ms Northcott, of Soane Street, Basildon, moved her daughter away from Basildon Lower Academy two years ago after Amaris, 14, suffered stress from being put in isolation for breaching rules.

She fears there will be no protection for parents and pupils because the school will no longer fall under the control of the Local Education Authority – Essex County Council.

She said: “I have grave concerns. There are serious issues when a school opens up as an academy. I amnot in support of this plan for the simple reason of my firsthand experience of one.

“The teachers are not under the same umbrella and when things go wrong, like in my daughter’s case, no one can help you.

“Children should feel safe and happy in their environment, but academies are a law unto themselves.

“What we will find in a few years is schools will not take certain children because they will decide who they want to let in. Vulnerable children with issues won’t be able to get in and that’s unfair.

“Parents are told about this wonderful news and lots of money and new buildings, but the substance is not there. As parents, we have to fight this.”

Woodlands School was put into special measures in December last year after a damning inspection found incompetence with leadership.

Karen Kerridge, from Benfleet’s Appleton School, was brought in as a super head to turn the school around, with an inspection in February reporting things were improving. Plans for the academy could mean Woodlands teams up with the Appleton School, which would sponsor them.

It would mean the same policies and procedures currently used at Appleton would be implemented at Woodlands, and staff would work together.

A spokesperson at the school said: “We had two parent consultation meetings on Tuesday which were well attended and everyone at the meeting was extremely positive about Woodlands School becoming an academy.

“We are still undergoing a period of consultation so any parents who wish to make their views known can do so.”

Ms Northcott has started a Facebook page to share information with parents and also plans to hold a meeting with other parents.

To join the group and for more information search “Against Academy Conversions”.

A final decision is expected to be made by the school in May.

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3:54pm Fri 2 May 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

Lock the gates, a cougar has been spotted outside
Lock the gates, a cougar has been spotted outside LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Fri 2 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Thats Will Mckenzies Hot Mum from The Inbetweeners.
Thats Will Mckenzies Hot Mum from The Inbetweeners. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

4:40pm Fri 2 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Don't let them turn the best school in Basildon into an Academy.

Good luck with the campaign.
Don't let them turn the best school in Basildon into an Academy. Good luck with the campaign. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

4:50pm Fri 2 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Don't let them turn the best school in Basildon into an Academy.

Good luck with the campaign.
Hate to think what the worse schools are like after reading this part...

"Woodlands School was put into special measures in December last year after a damning inspection found incompetence with leadership".

Whats so wrong about getting Academy Status anyway..?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Don't let them turn the best school in Basildon into an Academy. Good luck with the campaign.[/p][/quote]Hate to think what the worse schools are like after reading this part... "Woodlands School was put into special measures in December last year after a damning inspection found incompetence with leadership". Whats so wrong about getting Academy Status anyway..? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 1

4:51pm Fri 2 May 14

Jack222 says...

You wont win ; Gove has a political agenda to make everything not moving into Academies or Free Schools.... nothing to do with education reasons it just means that schools will all end up privatised so people can make money out of it...
You wont win ; Gove has a political agenda to make everything not moving into Academies or Free Schools.... nothing to do with education reasons it just means that schools will all end up privatised so people can make money out of it... Jack222
  • Score: 5

12:56pm Sat 3 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Four children and still a Miss, says it all, don't judge the school, if your errant offspring can't stay within the boundaries of the schools codes of behaviour.
I look forward to your children being the subject of a social care investigation, for as a Mother you have a duty to ensure your children's education, comes before any personal prejudices, you may hold against the school.
Four children and still a Miss, says it all, don't judge the school, if your errant offspring can't stay within the boundaries of the schools codes of behaviour. I look forward to your children being the subject of a social care investigation, for as a Mother you have a duty to ensure your children's education, comes before any personal prejudices, you may hold against the school. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -3

8:11pm Sun 4 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Four children and still a Miss, says it all, don't judge the school, if your errant offspring can't stay within the boundaries of the schools codes of behaviour.
I look forward to your children being the subject of a social care investigation, for as a Mother you have a duty to ensure your children's education, comes before any personal prejudices, you may hold against the school.
Do you know the complete circumstances of this particular case?

And since when were you put in a position to preach to everybody else about their kids? I don't know why this mother is taking this action and neither do you.

Once again, judge not lest ye be judged eh...

Some folk on here are pretty good at doing that.

I'd love to see the people who post on here, in the flesh, face to face - and then perhaps we could put a face to a name and find out how exemplary their lives are too.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Four children and still a Miss, says it all, don't judge the school, if your errant offspring can't stay within the boundaries of the schools codes of behaviour. I look forward to your children being the subject of a social care investigation, for as a Mother you have a duty to ensure your children's education, comes before any personal prejudices, you may hold against the school.[/p][/quote]Do you know the complete circumstances of this particular case? And since when were you put in a position to preach to everybody else about their kids? I don't know why this mother is taking this action and neither do you. Once again, judge not lest ye be judged eh... Some folk on here are pretty good at doing that. I'd love to see the people who post on here, in the flesh, face to face - and then perhaps we could put a face to a name and find out how exemplary their lives are too. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Sun 4 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

Actually.. in the last week I have met three people who post on here - all were as pleased to see me as I was to see them. All three shook my hand and said they enjoyed my postings. I returned the compliment.

One of them turned up at the full council meeting and the other two were out and about in Basildon and I was introduced to them by someone else, on two separate occasions.

On all three occasions it was all amicable and wonderful to see people face to face at last.

You know who you are. It was lovely to meet you :D
Actually.. in the last week I have met three people who post on here - all were as pleased to see me as I was to see them. All three shook my hand and said they enjoyed my postings. I returned the compliment. One of them turned up at the full council meeting and the other two were out and about in Basildon and I was introduced to them by someone else, on two separate occasions. On all three occasions it was all amicable and wonderful to see people face to face at last. You know who you are. It was lovely to meet you :D Kim Gandy
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11:09am Tue 6 May 14

daninorth says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
Don't let them turn the best school in Basildon into an Academy.

Good luck with the campaign.
Hate to think what the worse schools are like after reading this part...

"Woodlands School was put into special measures in December last year after a damning inspection found incompetence with leadership".

Whats so wrong about getting Academy Status anyway..?
The laws surrounding academies are flawed,ie, accountability , admission process,once they are an academy the sponsor gains absalute power over buildings grounds everything.
I feel it's unfair and that vunrable children could suffer. I want to correct the echo on the 'breaching rules' my daughter was constistantly placed into isolation in error on almost a daily basis and even though the head apologised it continued and my daughter missed out on her valuable education,she's now doing great at woodlands and I feel alternative avenues haven't even been looked at.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Don't let them turn the best school in Basildon into an Academy. Good luck with the campaign.[/p][/quote]Hate to think what the worse schools are like after reading this part... "Woodlands School was put into special measures in December last year after a damning inspection found incompetence with leadership". Whats so wrong about getting Academy Status anyway..?[/p][/quote]The laws surrounding academies are flawed,ie, accountability , admission process,once they are an academy the sponsor gains absalute power over buildings grounds everything. I feel it's unfair and that vunrable children could suffer. I want to correct the echo on the 'breaching rules' my daughter was constistantly placed into isolation in error on almost a daily basis and even though the head apologised it continued and my daughter missed out on her valuable education,she's now doing great at woodlands and I feel alternative avenues haven't even been looked at. daninorth
  • Score: 3

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