Cecil Jones College headteacher to leave

Southend Standard: Pauline Harris is to leave her position as headteacher at Cecil Jones College at the end of term. Pauline Harris is to leave her position as headteacher at Cecil Jones College at the end of term.

A HEADTEACHER who led a Southend school out of special measures has announced she will be leaving the school at the end of the term.

After four successful years at Cecil Jones College, Pauline Harris is moving on to take up new challenges.

Mrs Harris, who took the school out of special measures in January 2012, said: “It’s been a tremendous privilege to lead the college during this time, and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved together as a strong, ambitious community of committed staff, students, parents and governors.”

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

“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.”

Mark Schofield, who’s currently head of Shoebury High School, will take up the executive head teacher role at the start of spring term.

 

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12:17pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Shoeburygem says...

She is a good headteacher, but not entirely happy about the head of Shoeburyness high taking over!! This is why i sent my son to Cecil Jones in the first place, as the standards had slipped at Shoeburyness.
She is a good headteacher, but not entirely happy about the head of Shoeburyness high taking over!! This is why i sent my son to Cecil Jones in the first place, as the standards had slipped at Shoeburyness. Shoeburygem

12:43pm Tue 17 Dec 13

297595 says...

Shoeburygem wrote:
She is a good headteacher, but not entirely happy about the head of Shoeburyness high taking over!! This is why i sent my son to Cecil Jones in the first place, as the standards had slipped at Shoeburyness.
Standards have slipped? I'm pretty sure the exam results are still going up like they have for the past 5 years or so...
[quote][p][bold]Shoeburygem[/bold] wrote: She is a good headteacher, but not entirely happy about the head of Shoeburyness high taking over!! This is why i sent my son to Cecil Jones in the first place, as the standards had slipped at Shoeburyness.[/p][/quote]Standards have slipped? I'm pretty sure the exam results are still going up like they have for the past 5 years or so... 297595

1:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Bester says...

Whatever happened to Bob Helen?
Whatever happened to Bob Helen? Bester

3:11pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Time for someone younger, to take the helm....
Time for someone younger, to take the helm.... Nowthatsworthknowing

8:06pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Nebs says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Time for someone younger, to take the helm....
Let the students run it.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Time for someone younger, to take the helm....[/p][/quote]Let the students run it. Nebs

9:46pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Bernard Manning says...

Nebs wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Time for someone younger, to take the helm....
Let the students run it.
The problem was that they did for years.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Time for someone younger, to take the helm....[/p][/quote]Let the students run it.[/p][/quote]The problem was that they did for years. Bernard Manning

8:08am Wed 18 Dec 13

Southchurch Steve says...

Not sure why BM's post has a negative score. He's right. Until Mrs Harris turned up it was a school without leadership where the bad kids ran riot.

Mrs Harris has turned it around. Great job.
Not sure why BM's post has a negative score. He's right. Until Mrs Harris turned up it was a school without leadership where the bad kids ran riot. Mrs Harris has turned it around. Great job. Southchurch Steve

12:18pm Wed 18 Dec 13

robert.mccloy says...

297595 wrote:
Shoeburygem wrote:
She is a good headteacher, but not entirely happy about the head of Shoeburyness high taking over!! This is why i sent my son to Cecil Jones in the first place, as the standards had slipped at Shoeburyness.
Standards have slipped? I'm pretty sure the exam results are still going up like they have for the past 5 years or so...
Shoeburryness High School results:
Pass rate has risen from 97% to 99%.
Pass rate has risen again by 6% to 89%.
5 A* - C grades including English and Maths (GCSE’s only) have increased to 44%, a rise of 2% on last year.
Year 10 students have also done incredibly well with 49% achieving A* - C in English, 41% in Mathematics, 51% in Science and 44 % in Double Science.

Definitely doesn't sound like a school who is slipping to me. Funny how Cecil Jones haven't got their exam results available on their website to view either?!
[quote][p][bold]297595[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoeburygem[/bold] wrote: She is a good headteacher, but not entirely happy about the head of Shoeburyness high taking over!! This is why i sent my son to Cecil Jones in the first place, as the standards had slipped at Shoeburyness.[/p][/quote]Standards have slipped? I'm pretty sure the exam results are still going up like they have for the past 5 years or so...[/p][/quote]Shoeburryness High School results: Pass rate has risen from 97% to 99%. Pass rate has risen again by 6% to 89%. 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths (GCSE’s only) have increased to 44%, a rise of 2% on last year. Year 10 students have also done incredibly well with 49% achieving A* - C in English, 41% in Mathematics, 51% in Science and 44 % in Double Science. Definitely doesn't sound like a school who is slipping to me. Funny how Cecil Jones haven't got their exam results available on their website to view either?! robert.mccloy

4:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

JarJarEcho says...

It was a very sudden announcement that she is leaving, they are overdue an Ofsted inspection and seems to me that she could be jumping ship before it sinks in an attempt to save her reputation.
It was a very sudden announcement that she is leaving, they are overdue an Ofsted inspection and seems to me that she could be jumping ship before it sinks in an attempt to save her reputation. JarJarEcho

10:11pm Wed 18 Dec 13

smalrh says...

She is a good head teacher who bought the school out of special measures. She had a hard job as the previous head had no control and was scared of the students. Bob Helen was a good headmaster then when he retired Mr Nicholls bought the school down to the lowest it could go. Miss Harris has done a great and difficult job bringing the school up.to where it is now. I have heard the new head is very strict and will carry on bringing Cecil Jones up. Miss Harris will be missed.
She is a good head teacher who bought the school out of special measures. She had a hard job as the previous head had no control and was scared of the students. Bob Helen was a good headmaster then when he retired Mr Nicholls bought the school down to the lowest it could go. Miss Harris has done a great and difficult job bringing the school up.to where it is now. I have heard the new head is very strict and will carry on bringing Cecil Jones up. Miss Harris will be missed. smalrh

11:05pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Southchurch75 says...

There's a lot more to this than meets the eye. Headteachers don't just leave at short notice unless they are forced out. If this had been a planned move then she would have to give notice by no later than the end of September. I see the hand of the local authority at work here. They are under a lot of pressure because there are too many schools in the borough who are underperforming and this reflects very badly on them. Cecil is due an ofsted visit and the local authority probably think it will not go well. This is a preemptive move by them to attempt to show they are in control...reality is that they are not! Check out the authority's website and the southend learning network. They have just announced a programme to have Executive Heads who can step in to help out the less good schools. My take is that Cecil have been told that they are to have an Executive Head to oversee them and the existing head teacher would have to report through that person and effectively lose control of her own school. I would also guess that there will be moves to federate it very quickly with Shoeburyness High School. Faced with a decision like that, what would be your reaction? I think a rather vigorous "V" sign would be most apposite! Mrs. Harris has worked tirelessly these last 4 years to pull that school up from the depths into which it had sunk. It is not about running to save her reputation. Her reputation is intact. She has done an amazing job there to turn that place around. She can walk with her head held high. Those responsible for removing her in this manner should hang their heads in shame.
There's a lot more to this than meets the eye. Headteachers don't just leave at short notice unless they are forced out. If this had been a planned move then she would have to give notice by no later than the end of September. I see the hand of the local authority at work here. They are under a lot of pressure because there are too many schools in the borough who are underperforming and this reflects very badly on them. Cecil is due an ofsted visit and the local authority probably think it will not go well. This is a preemptive move by them to attempt to show they are in control...reality is that they are not! Check out the authority's website and the southend learning network. They have just announced a programme to have Executive Heads who can step in to help out the less good schools. My take is that Cecil have been told that they are to have an Executive Head to oversee them and the existing head teacher would have to report through that person and effectively lose control of her own school. I would also guess that there will be moves to federate it very quickly with Shoeburyness High School. Faced with a decision like that, what would be your reaction? I think a rather vigorous "V" sign would be most apposite! Mrs. Harris has worked tirelessly these last 4 years to pull that school up from the depths into which it had sunk. It is not about running to save her reputation. Her reputation is intact. She has done an amazing job there to turn that place around. She can walk with her head held high. Those responsible for removing her in this manner should hang their heads in shame. Southchurch75

10:07am Thu 19 Dec 13

Sensible of Leigh says...

Southchurch75 wrote:
There's a lot more to this than meets the eye. Headteachers don't just leave at short notice unless they are forced out. If this had been a planned move then she would have to give notice by no later than the end of September. I see the hand of the local authority at work here. They are under a lot of pressure because there are too many schools in the borough who are underperforming and this reflects very badly on them. Cecil is due an ofsted visit and the local authority probably think it will not go well. This is a preemptive move by them to attempt to show they are in control...reality is that they are not! Check out the authority's website and the southend learning network. They have just announced a programme to have Executive Heads who can step in to help out the less good schools. My take is that Cecil have been told that they are to have an Executive Head to oversee them and the existing head teacher would have to report through that person and effectively lose control of her own school. I would also guess that there will be moves to federate it very quickly with Shoeburyness High School. Faced with a decision like that, what would be your reaction? I think a rather vigorous "V" sign would be most apposite! Mrs. Harris has worked tirelessly these last 4 years to pull that school up from the depths into which it had sunk. It is not about running to save her reputation. Her reputation is intact. She has done an amazing job there to turn that place around. She can walk with her head held high. Those responsible for removing her in this manner should hang their heads in shame.
I am not privy to any knowledge of what is happening at Cecil Jones, but I suspect that this post is a very perceptive one. The culture in education in England is now a very bullying one. This starts with the Bully-in-Chief, Michael Gove and his henchman Michael Wilshaw who bully LAs who in turn bully Headteachers who are then expected to bully teachers. Behind it all is a desire by the current Government to turn all schools into privately run Academies or Free Schools.
LAs, Headteachers, but more importantly pupils and parents are but pawns in a very dangerous game being played for the sake of political dogma.
[quote][p][bold]Southchurch75[/bold] wrote: There's a lot more to this than meets the eye. Headteachers don't just leave at short notice unless they are forced out. If this had been a planned move then she would have to give notice by no later than the end of September. I see the hand of the local authority at work here. They are under a lot of pressure because there are too many schools in the borough who are underperforming and this reflects very badly on them. Cecil is due an ofsted visit and the local authority probably think it will not go well. This is a preemptive move by them to attempt to show they are in control...reality is that they are not! Check out the authority's website and the southend learning network. They have just announced a programme to have Executive Heads who can step in to help out the less good schools. My take is that Cecil have been told that they are to have an Executive Head to oversee them and the existing head teacher would have to report through that person and effectively lose control of her own school. I would also guess that there will be moves to federate it very quickly with Shoeburyness High School. Faced with a decision like that, what would be your reaction? I think a rather vigorous "V" sign would be most apposite! Mrs. Harris has worked tirelessly these last 4 years to pull that school up from the depths into which it had sunk. It is not about running to save her reputation. Her reputation is intact. She has done an amazing job there to turn that place around. She can walk with her head held high. Those responsible for removing her in this manner should hang their heads in shame.[/p][/quote]I am not privy to any knowledge of what is happening at Cecil Jones, but I suspect that this post is a very perceptive one. The culture in education in England is now a very bullying one. This starts with the Bully-in-Chief, Michael Gove and his henchman Michael Wilshaw who bully LAs who in turn bully Headteachers who are then expected to bully teachers. Behind it all is a desire by the current Government to turn all schools into privately run Academies or Free Schools. LAs, Headteachers, but more importantly pupils and parents are but pawns in a very dangerous game being played for the sake of political dogma. Sensible of Leigh

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