Hit squad drafted in to rescue Futures College

Southend Standard: Futures Community College in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend Board of governors replaced Futures Community College in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend Board of governors replaced

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.”

 

THE TEAM AIMING TO TURN THE SCHOOL AROUND

THE interim executive board is:

John Grover – chairman, also chairman of governors at West Leigh Junior School .

Stuart Reynolds – headteacher. 

Dr Paul Hayman – head of Westcliff High School for Girls. Responsible for the reporting and monitoring of leadership, personnel and school improvement.

Neil Bates – chief executive of Prospsects Learning Foundation in Southend. Responsible for behaviour and safeguarding, special educational needs and looked after children 

Murray Foster – chairman of Westcliff High School for Girls, ex- Southend Council leader. Responsible for reporting and monitoring of finance .

Margaret Wilson – head at King John School, Thundersley. Responsible for reporting and monitoring of teaching and learning ! Jane Theadom – Southend Council’s head of learning ! Julie Lapslie – clerk from Essex Clerks’ Association.

Jane Theadom said: “The members are all highly-experienced and well-qualified to provide support and challenge to the headteacher and his team as they focus on the rapid improvement now needed.”

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7:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bezzie says...

Thank goodness immediate action is now being taken. Lets hope the school can now be turned around for the benefit of those that want to succeed at the school. I hope with the "hit squad" support Mr Reynolds can make the changes he has promised. Brilliant news for all the concerned parents and students.
Thank goodness immediate action is now being taken. Lets hope the school can now be turned around for the benefit of those that want to succeed at the school. I hope with the "hit squad" support Mr Reynolds can make the changes he has promised. Brilliant news for all the concerned parents and students. bezzie
  • Score: 2

9:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Mrs. Wilson sure is a busy lady...but I guess now she doesn't have to find room for extra Deanes students, as she can no longer apply for anymore planning permission, she can devote her time to something else...other than King John, Chase High, James Hornsby etc etc...
Mrs. Wilson sure is a busy lady...but I guess now she doesn't have to find room for extra Deanes students, as she can no longer apply for anymore planning permission, she can devote her time to something else...other than King John, Chase High, James Hornsby etc etc... saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 7

9:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

jayman says...

please explain why someone's head form Southend council is not on a 'metaphorical' spike.

this problem is not singular to this secondary school in Southend. There is a widespread failure in the way our secondary schools are being managed in Southend.

chase high school.

languishing in the bottom of a national league table for schools of a similar size.

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futures school.

languishing in the bottom of a national league table for schools of a similar size.

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why isn't James Courtenay's head on the metaphorical spike for this falure?
-- Because he keeps himself and his department busy in representing the needs and reputation of southends grammar schools. Though southends grammar schools are all academies and are not under the control or management of Southend council.......???
please explain why someone's head form Southend council is not on a 'metaphorical' spike. this problem is not singular to this secondary school in Southend. There is a widespread failure in the way our secondary schools are being managed in Southend. chase high school. languishing in the bottom of a national league table for schools of a similar size. http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/grou p.pl?qtype=SSC&tab=5 12&ord=desc&sort=ks4 _13.ptac5em&set=20&n o=131146&superview=s ec&sscla=882 futures school. languishing in the bottom of a national league table for schools of a similar size. http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/grou p.pl?qtype=SSC&tab=5 12&ord=desc&sort=ks4 _13.ptac5em&set=20&n o=132762&superview=s ec&sscla=882 why isn't James Courtenay's head on the metaphorical spike for this falure? -- Because he keeps himself and his department busy in representing the needs and reputation of southends grammar schools. Though southends grammar schools are all academies and are not under the control or management of Southend council.......??? jayman
  • Score: 5

9:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

jayman says...

As a solution.. I would start by scraping out all 'branding' from Southends schools, the terms "academy" "college" ect would be replaced by the novel, simplistic and long since forgotten word "school"
As a solution.. I would start by scraping out all 'branding' from Southends schools, the terms "academy" "college" ect would be replaced by the novel, simplistic and long since forgotten word "school" jayman
  • Score: 20

9:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Don't forget the main reason for how well a child does at school is the home. Many, many academic reviews show this.

Do you help your child achieve? How many books are actively used in your house? Intelligent films watched? Museums visited? You get the idea. It's easy to blame the school but the first point to look at is / are the parent (s)..
Don't forget the main reason for how well a child does at school is the home. Many, many academic reviews show this. Do you help your child achieve? How many books are actively used in your house? Intelligent films watched? Museums visited? You get the idea. It's easy to blame the school but the first point to look at is / are the parent (s).. Jack222
  • Score: 2

7:38am Thu 13 Feb 14

BinDipper says...

It made me chuckle how quickly the school has distanced itself from Prospects College after the incident on Tuesday. Even to go so far as to out Prospects College banners over the Futures sign outside the new building. That new building has been the school's big selling point to prospective (pardon the pun) parents.

The school is a shambles, I hope this 'hit squad' is a positive move but the point made above about the general standard of education in Southend is a good one. Cecil and Chase are both in a similar state. Just awful.
It made me chuckle how quickly the school has distanced itself from Prospects College after the incident on Tuesday. Even to go so far as to out Prospects College banners over the Futures sign outside the new building. That new building has been the school's big selling point to prospective (pardon the pun) parents. The school is a shambles, I hope this 'hit squad' is a positive move but the point made above about the general standard of education in Southend is a good one. Cecil and Chase are both in a similar state. Just awful. BinDipper
  • Score: 2

11:14am Thu 13 Feb 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Well there are a few possibilities with this story.

1/ This is such an important story it needs to be repeated twice in 24 hours
"Hit squad drafted in to rescue Futures College
. 6:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014 in Southend"

2/ There is no other news to report.

3/ Sloppy reporting from the Echo in not realising they had already reported this yesterday.

My money is on option 3.
Well there are a few possibilities with this story. 1/ This is such an important story it needs to be repeated twice in 24 hours "Hit squad drafted in to rescue Futures College . 6:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014 in Southend" 2/ There is no other news to report. 3/ Sloppy reporting from the Echo in not realising they had already reported this yesterday. My money is on option 3. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 4

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