Exciting era for new academy at Court Fields School in Wellington

Exciting era for new academy at Court Fields School in Wellington

THE gun sounds for the start of the bike race.

Staff and students cheer from the sidelines at the school sports day.

A tug of war was hotly contested.

Elaine Faull.

First published in News by

IT’S all change at Court Fields Community School. Head teacher Elaine Faull steps down at the end of the month and a number of other staff are moving on to pastures new, marking the start of an exciting era at the Wellington school.

Mrs Faull, 55, leaves after 12½ years at the helm to pursue her childhood acting dream at Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre.

She said: “Ever since I was 14 I wanted to be an actress, and because I came from quite a working class family my parents couldn’t always afford to send me to things, so I wasn’t able to fulfil a national theatre plan.

“I feel now’s a good time to leave. If I don’t do it now I’ll never do it.”

From January 1, Court Fields will become an academy, sponsored by The Castle School in Taunton.

Castle head teacher Sarah Watson will become executive head and oversee both schools, while Rachael Bennett will be in charge of day-to-day life at Court Fields.

It is hoped the school can continue to push on in the same way it has since falling into special measures last November.

GCSE maths results are up 20% on this time last year, and OFSTED bosses have recognised vast improvements during several monitoring inspections.

Mrs Faull said: “The partnership means we can learn from them and I’m sure there are things they’ll learn from us.

“I’m hoping that in becoming a sponsored academy we can do something with three areas of the school which I think need support – one is the dining area, one is revamping the toilets and the other is doing something with outdoor seating for students.”

Since going into special measures the school has brought in a data tracking system so staff can monitor each student individually, ensuring that they can pick up on their development at the earliest opportunity.

This is something Mrs Faull feels bodes well for the future.

She said: “I think Sarah will be taking on a school in really good condition.

“We’ve worked hard since we went into special measures. Inspectors have come in twice and each time they’ve been really impressed with how much progress we’re making.

“I’m sure if we were able to have an OFSTED it would confirm that actually we’re well on the way to ‘good’.

“I think in a very short period of time we will be there.”

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2:55pm Wed 14 Aug 13

fed_10 says...

alright SCG - don't cream your pants about it, you getting as bad as the Daily mail
alright SCG - don't cream your pants about it, you getting as bad as the Daily mail fed_10
  • Score: -2

5:12pm Wed 14 Aug 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

Somerset Socialist Party warns:
"Watch out for the future sell-off, of all, or part of, Court Field's sports fields"...

Stop Gove's school profits plans

Martin Powell-Davies, NUT teachers' union national executive

The Independent has reported on leaked plans that only confirm what we already knew - that Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to allow big business to make a profit out of running schools.

The report confirms that he wants all 30,000 state schools to become academies.

To encourage sponsors to take schools off his hands, he wants to let academies sell off land and declare a profit to shareholders.

This 'leak' is no surprise. Gove's agenda has always been to privatise and turn schools, like other public services, into just another source of profit for the government's big business friends.

As in Sweden, allowing schools-for-profit will have a disastrous effect on education - but Gove's main concern, along with his Cabinet colleagues, is to deregulate and privatise public services.

This includes attacking teachers' pay and conditions, to drive down the cost of education so big business can more easily make profits.

Term free-for-all

Gove is seemingly introducing a 'Deregulation Bill' letting schools set their own term dates. Combined with the proposed deregulation of teachers' contracts, this is a recipe for a chaotic school calendar free-for-all where parents find their children are attending different schools with different holiday dates and overall holidays are made even shorter. English schools already have one of the shortest summer holidays in Europe.

Labour's shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg responded: "I'm glad Michael Gove has finally done something sensible". Clearly opposition to this disastrous deregulation isn't going to come from Labour!

Attacks from all the main political parties mean teachers need to take determined strike action. The 27 June strike action in North West England was a good start but, as Gove and Twigg deregulate, we will have to escalate.

The NUT and NASUWT teachers' unions should name the strike dates for next term as quickly as possible and, above all, move towards national strike days that bring everyone together and make sure the politicians and media start to take notice.

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Somerset Socialist Party warns: "Watch out for the future sell-off, of all, or part of, Court Field's sports fields"... Stop Gove's school profits plans Martin Powell-Davies, NUT teachers' union national executive The Independent has reported on leaked plans that only confirm what we already knew - that Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to allow big business to make a profit out of running schools. The report confirms that he wants all 30,000 state schools to become academies. To encourage sponsors to take schools off his hands, he wants to let academies sell off land and declare a profit to shareholders. This 'leak' is no surprise. Gove's agenda has always been to privatise and turn schools, like other public services, into just another source of profit for the government's big business friends. As in Sweden, allowing schools-for-profit will have a disastrous effect on education - but Gove's main concern, along with his Cabinet colleagues, is to deregulate and privatise public services. This includes attacking teachers' pay and conditions, to drive down the cost of education so big business can more easily make profits. Term free-for-all Gove is seemingly introducing a 'Deregulation Bill' letting schools set their own term dates. Combined with the proposed deregulation of teachers' contracts, this is a recipe for a chaotic school calendar free-for-all where parents find their children are attending different schools with different holiday dates and overall holidays are made even shorter. English schools already have one of the shortest summer holidays in Europe. Labour's shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg responded: "I'm glad Michael Gove has finally done something sensible". Clearly opposition to this disastrous deregulation isn't going to come from Labour! Attacks from all the main political parties mean teachers need to take determined strike action. The 27 June strike action in North West England was a good start but, as Gove and Twigg deregulate, we will have to escalate. The NUT and NASUWT teachers' unions should name the strike dates for next term as quickly as possible and, above all, move towards national strike days that bring everyone together and make sure the politicians and media start to take notice. www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset.SocialistParty
  • Score: 3

9:56pm Thu 15 Aug 13

milkwasabadchoice says...

SSP - I think you need to go and read the Academy Schools FInancial Handbook or the 2013 accounting direction. Better still you could actually read the article. Academy schools are not permitted to be run at a profit and are in actual fact charities. Having any kind of surplus at the end the end of the year is viewed negatively and unless the academy has a specific plan - ie a capital project - they should have spent their entire budget. Under the charity's objects the disposal of playing fields would not be permitted. The purpose of academy schools - which is working rather well across many schools in Somerset - is to decentralise control and empower trustees at the local level.
In fact I'm not entirely sure you have even read the garbage which you have managed to cut and paste onto these comments.
SSP - I think you need to go and read the Academy Schools FInancial Handbook or the 2013 accounting direction. Better still you could actually read the article. Academy schools are not permitted to be run at a profit and are in actual fact charities. Having any kind of surplus at the end the end of the year is viewed negatively and unless the academy has a specific plan - ie a capital project - they should have spent their entire budget. Under the charity's objects the disposal of playing fields would not be permitted. The purpose of academy schools - which is working rather well across many schools in Somerset - is to decentralise control and empower trustees at the local level. In fact I'm not entirely sure you have even read the garbage which you have managed to cut and paste onto these comments. milkwasabadchoice
  • Score: -10

2:01pm Fri 16 Aug 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

milkwasabadchoice - Thank you for your reply to Somerset Socialist Party's post. We have addressed all your comments below; whilst strenuously choosing to ignore the insults, as we feel this does nothing to enhance any genuine political exchange that genuinely seeks clarity on the issue/s immediately to hand.
.
milkwasabadchoice - Somerset Socialist Party stands by the accuracy of the above post: dated, Wed 14 Aug 13.

It is our contention, that your observations and criticisms of our post, are either:
(a) Honestly mistaken; or
(b) Entirely politically dishonest in their attempt to distort, and thereby misrepresent what we are saying.

Given that you appear to be a keen supporter of academy status (?); it is highly likely, that it is option 'b' that applies.

Your rather haughty assertion that : " I think you need to go and read the Academy Schools FInancial Handbook or the 2013 accounting direction." is as completely misplaced, as it is wholly incorrect.

"Misplaced ?!" I hear you ask; yes - entirely misplaced - as:
what the Academy Schools FInancial Handbook or the 2013 accounting direction either does say or does not say, is simply not being contested in Somerset Socialist Party's post. Even the most cursory reading or re-reading of our post will verify this simple fact.

Our post focused not upon the ASFH; but rather on the details of discussions on the proposed 'redesign' of academy regulations that were 'leaked' to The Independent newspaper by Department for Education insiders.

In short; it has been 'revealed' in the 'leaked' report published in the Independent newspaper, that the Academy Schools FInancial Handbook (something that you appear to hold up as sacrosanct, legalistically inviolable - or set in stone - and consequently immutable) is about to be ripped up and completely re-written; or more precisely, REPLACED by the Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove who intends to thereby allow big business to make a profit out of running schools.

milkwasabadchoice - in attempting to misrepresent and discredit the Socialist Party's position; you assert that: "academy schools are not permitted to be run at a profit and are in actual fact charities. Having any kind of surplus at the end the end of the year is viewed negatively and unless the academy has a specific plan - ie a capital project - they should have spent their entire budget. ",

However, your assertion does not, in any way serve to contradict, undermine or discredit anything in the Somerset Socialist Party's posting; as our post simply never claimed this to be the case!

The ‘methodology’ that you have employed – of systematically misrepresenting your political opponent’s position; in order to appear to more easily ‘demolish’ their argument and thereby generally discredit your political opponent - is as old as the hills, and is known as the ‘Straw Man Fallacy’


Milkwasabadchoice – you also appear to place such almost child-like excessive belief in the ASFH; seemingly to the point where you expect other people to simply share you apparent reverence of it. It would appear that you have elevated this handbook; along with your perceived significance and status to that of a magical or fetishistical object.

Readers can of course make their own minds up as to whether you continue to apparently cling to the ASFH out of pure political naiveté; or, whether you are motivated by a more Machievellian expedient.

The Machievellian expedient of using any and all politically dishonest means, to attack and discredit any and all of your political opponents, in the course of your determined efforts to drive through the process of completing the privatisation of state education and transforming it into just another 'for-profit' sector of the capitalist ‘free-market’ economy.

This so called ‘free-market’ approach was articulated by the chief executive of a leading academies trust, who spoke to The Independent on the condition of anonymity; he said: "Michael Gove understands the current business model for academies is not viable. We invest in failing schools that we take over. But it is not really investment because there is no return. Written into our funding agreement are explicit criteria which says we cannot borrow, and cannot enter into lease agreements of any significance."

*Readers can access the whole article for themselves, via the web address below.

For those in any doubt about Gove's plans; the Independent article stated: "academies and free schools should become profit-making businesses using hedge funds and venture capitalists to raise money, according to private plans being drawn up by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove."

In conclusion; we would like to leave the final words to the anonymous chief executive of a leading academies trust (whom can hardly be regarded as some so-called “garbage spouting” loonie-lefty; eh Milkwasabadchoice?! ;-) ).

This chief executive's position sharply contrasts with milkwasabadchoice publicly stated position on the likelihood or otherwise, of education being privatised by this unelected coalition of Con-Dem millionaires:
He said: "Being allowed to make a profit means we could raise money to fund expansion, by borrowing against our existing assets, namely our schools."
Looking forward to you right of reply Milkwasabadchoice






Recommended reading: Independent article; link below:

* http://www.independe
nt.co.uk/news/uk/pol
itics/cash-for-class
rooms-michael-gove-p
lans-to-let-firms-ru
n-schools-for-profit
-8682395.html
www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
milkwasabadchoice - Thank you for your reply to Somerset Socialist Party's post. We have addressed all your comments below; whilst strenuously choosing to ignore the insults, as we feel this does nothing to enhance any genuine political exchange that genuinely seeks clarity on the issue/s immediately to hand. . milkwasabadchoice - Somerset Socialist Party stands by the accuracy of the above post: dated, Wed 14 Aug 13. It is our contention, that your observations and criticisms of our post, are either: (a) Honestly mistaken; or (b) Entirely politically dishonest in their attempt to distort, and thereby misrepresent what we are saying. Given that you appear to be a keen supporter of academy status (?); it is highly likely, that it is option 'b' that applies. Your rather haughty assertion that : " I think you need to go and read the Academy Schools FInancial Handbook or the 2013 accounting direction." is as completely misplaced, as it is wholly incorrect. "Misplaced ?!" I hear you ask; yes - entirely misplaced - as: what the Academy Schools FInancial Handbook [ASFH] or the 2013 accounting direction either does say or does not say, is simply not being contested in Somerset Socialist Party's post. Even the most cursory reading or re-reading of our post will verify this simple fact. Our post focused not upon the ASFH; but rather on the details of discussions on the proposed 'redesign' of academy regulations that were 'leaked' to The Independent newspaper by Department for Education insiders. In short; it has been 'revealed' in the 'leaked' report published in the Independent newspaper, that the Academy Schools FInancial Handbook (something that you appear to hold up as sacrosanct, legalistically inviolable - or set in stone - and consequently immutable) is about to be ripped up and completely re-written; or more precisely, REPLACED by the Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove who intends to thereby allow big business to make a profit out of running schools. milkwasabadchoice - in attempting to misrepresent and discredit the Socialist Party's position; you assert that: "academy schools are not permitted to be run at a profit and are in actual fact charities. Having any kind of surplus at the end the end of the year is viewed negatively and unless the academy has a specific plan - ie a capital project - they should have spent their entire budget. ", However, your assertion does not, in any way serve to contradict, undermine or discredit anything in the Somerset Socialist Party's posting; as our post simply never claimed this to be the case! The ‘methodology’ that you have employed – of systematically misrepresenting your political opponent’s position; in order to appear to more easily ‘demolish’ their argument and thereby generally discredit your political opponent - is as old as the hills, and is known as the ‘Straw Man Fallacy’ Milkwasabadchoice – you also appear to place such almost child-like excessive belief in the ASFH; seemingly to the point where you expect other people to simply share you apparent reverence of it. It would appear that you have elevated this handbook; along with your perceived significance and status to that of a magical or fetishistical object. Readers can of course make their own minds up as to whether you continue to apparently cling to the ASFH out of pure political naiveté; or, whether you are motivated by a more Machievellian expedient. The Machievellian expedient of using any and all politically dishonest means, to attack and discredit any and all of your political opponents, in the course of your determined efforts to drive through the process of completing the privatisation of state education and transforming it into just another 'for-profit' sector of the capitalist ‘free-market’ economy. This so called ‘free-market’ approach was articulated by the chief executive of a leading academies trust, who spoke to The Independent on the condition of anonymity; he said: "Michael Gove understands the current business model for academies is not viable. We invest in failing schools that we take over. But it is not really investment because there is no return. Written into our funding agreement are explicit criteria which says we cannot borrow, and cannot enter into lease agreements of any significance." *Readers can access the whole article for themselves, via the web address below. For those in any doubt about Gove's plans; the Independent article stated: "academies and free schools should become profit-making businesses using hedge funds and venture capitalists to raise money, according to private plans being drawn up by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove." In conclusion; we would like to leave the final words to the anonymous chief executive of a leading academies trust (whom can hardly be regarded as some so-called “garbage spouting” loonie-lefty; eh Milkwasabadchoice?! ;-) ). This chief executive's position sharply contrasts with milkwasabadchoice publicly stated position on the likelihood or otherwise, of education being privatised by this unelected coalition of Con-Dem millionaires: He said: "Being allowed to make a profit means we could raise money to fund expansion, by borrowing against our existing assets, namely our schools." Looking forward to you right of reply Milkwasabadchoice Recommended reading: Independent article; link below: * http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/uk/pol itics/cash-for-class rooms-michael-gove-p lans-to-let-firms-ru n-schools-for-profit -8682395.html www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset.SocialistParty
  • Score: 7

5:33pm Fri 16 Aug 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

WATCH THIS HIGHLY INFORMATIVE AND INSTRUCTIVE ON-LINE DOCUMENTARY THAT FOCUSES ON THE Con-Dem's CONTINUED PRIVATISATION OF STATE FUNDED EDUCATION...IT IS A MUST SEE!!
'Academies and Lies - The Parents, the Politician and the Carpet Bagger' can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=rRjK-_Mlr
C0

This on-line documentary follows parents and teachers from Downhills School in Tottenham in their battle to stop Education secretary, Michael Gove, forcing their school to become part of Carpetright magnate, Lord Harris's academy chain. This film, and the campaign associated with it, is financed by voluntary contributions - to make a donation, read on.

Rhonda Evans' film challenges a number of misconceptions, in particular that academies out- perform non-academies, which they don't. Ben Levin, a leading international educationalist, who ran one of the highest achieving state school provinces in the English-speaking world, reveals why Gove's obsession with academies is a damaging irrelevance. Politicians always focus on changing the structure, he explains, because making genuine improvements to teaching and learning is "just too hard to do".

The film is being shown with great effect at meetings and other campaigning events all around the country. It was paid for voluntary contributions and by the director Rhonda Evans out of her own pocket . To offset some of the cost and to start a fund for her to make more films like this, the Anti Academies Alliance have asked her to set up a Paypal account. To donate to this, please visit this link: http://antiacademies
.org.uk/2013/03/d...


www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
WATCH THIS HIGHLY INFORMATIVE AND INSTRUCTIVE ON-LINE DOCUMENTARY THAT FOCUSES ON THE Con-Dem's CONTINUED PRIVATISATION OF STATE FUNDED EDUCATION...IT IS A MUST SEE!! 'Academies and Lies - The Parents, the Politician and the Carpet Bagger' can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=rRjK-_Mlr C0 This on-line documentary follows parents and teachers from Downhills School in Tottenham in their battle to stop Education secretary, Michael Gove, forcing their school to become part of Carpetright magnate, Lord Harris's academy chain. This film, and the campaign associated with it, is financed by voluntary contributions - to make a donation, read on. Rhonda Evans' film challenges a number of misconceptions, in particular that academies out- perform non-academies, which they don't. Ben Levin, a leading international educationalist, who ran one of the highest achieving state school provinces in the English-speaking world, reveals why Gove's obsession with academies is a damaging irrelevance. Politicians always focus on changing the structure, he explains, because making genuine improvements to teaching and learning is "just too hard to do". The film is being shown with great effect at meetings and other campaigning events all around the country. It was paid for voluntary contributions and by the director Rhonda Evans out of her own pocket . To offset some of the cost and to start a fund for her to make more films like this, the Anti Academies Alliance have asked her to set up a Paypal account. To donate to this, please visit this link: http://antiacademies .org.uk/2013/03/d... www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset.SocialistParty
  • Score: 10

12:27pm Sat 17 Aug 13

Guy Smiley says...

Never thought I'd see "Machievellian expedient" in a comment on the SCG site.......but then I'd forgotten about our 1970's communist cousin.

Amazing what copy & paste can do.
Never thought I'd see "Machievellian expedient" in a comment on the SCG site.......but then I'd forgotten about our 1970's communist cousin. Amazing what copy & paste can do. Guy Smiley
  • Score: -16

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