Worcester parents demand answers over Perry Wood academy concerns

Worcester News: HEADTEACHER: Ange Beddows HEADTEACHER: Ange Beddows

A WORCESTER school has been accused of putting its “shutters down” after parents said the headteacher had been absent without explanation for about two weeks.

Concerned parents have contacted your Worcester News to say they had been left in the dark about why headteacher Ange Beddow had not been seen at Perry Wood Primary School, in St Alban’s Close, which is now run as an academy.

Liz Lewis, the chief executive of the Griffin Schools Trust, which runs the academy, confirmed Mrs Beddows was still the school’s head but said she could not comment further.

The trust did not respond to further calls to find out why Mrs Beddows had not been at work but confirmed the school had been closed on Monday because of problems with a boiler.

Meanwhile, Worcestershire County Council said the school’s academy status meant they were not obliged to inform them of any changes, while the Department for Education said it was for the school to comment.

Speaking from her home, Mrs Beddow also said she did not wish to comment. The management team at Perry Wood also declined to speak.

However, parents and families with children attending the school have spoken out.

One concerned parent said the head’s absence had been kept “hush-hush” and there had been no letter from the school to explain why she was been missing.

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She said the head had not attended the Christmas fair or the school’s nativity play.

And a worried grandmother told your Worcester News she was concerned about the effect it was having on children at the school.

“No one is saying anything,” she said. “We’re not being told what’s going on. And when they’re teaching our children, we have a right to know.

“We’re hearing things on the grapevine, which is never healthy.

“It’s ridiculous we’ve got to go to a newspaper to try and find out what’s going on with the children.

“When we ask directly, it’s ‘shutters down’, as soon as you ask anything about what’s going on.

“Being a small school, what people don’t know, they will make up, especially when you can’t get a direct answer to a direct question. That’s bound to happen.

“It seems that something’s not right there and we want to know what’s going on, or we will consider moving the kids.”

The school became an academy in December last year when it was transferred to the Griffin Schools Trust.

It was on the brink of becoming the first school in the country to have been forced into becoming an academy after it was put into special measures in November 2010.

However Mrs Beddow, along with deputy Kay Butler, had been praised by Ofsted inspectors for being “determined and resolute” in their bid to improve performance after it was taken out of the measures last year.

Worcestershire County Council said as soon as a school became an academy it was no longer answerable to the Local Education Authority (LEA). The Department of Education also said it was up to the school to comment.

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6:31am Wed 18 Dec 13

WorcsBornandBred says...

Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please!

Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer.

With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers!
Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please! Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer. With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers! WorcsBornandBred

8:42am Wed 18 Dec 13

malvernianboy says...

WorcsBornandBred wrote:
Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please!

Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer.

With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers!
If you had any idea of how many hours teachers put in during the hours they are at work (and during the holidays) you wouldn't call 9 - 10 weeks ridiculous! Teachers are contracted for 32.5 hours per week. If they worked for these amount of hours they would soon be told they were not doing their job properly! Oh and just in case you didn't realise teachers also pay tax!
This is a poor article. I know Mrs Beddows and she is a great person and a dedicated head.
[quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please! Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer. With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers![/p][/quote]If you had any idea of how many hours teachers put in during the hours they are at work (and during the holidays) you wouldn't call 9 - 10 weeks ridiculous! Teachers are contracted for 32.5 hours per week. If they worked for these amount of hours they would soon be told they were not doing their job properly! Oh and just in case you didn't realise teachers also pay tax! This is a poor article. I know Mrs Beddows and she is a great person and a dedicated head. malvernianboy

8:49am Wed 18 Dec 13

Ralph123 says...

I can't quite believe this story, anything could have happened. The school have a duty to protect the personal lives of the teachers. As usual playground gossip has got out of hand, and you WN should have risen above it and maybe waited until you had some facts. Surely, there is someone who works in your offices who has the ability to rationalise.

I for one shall give her the benefit of the doubt and shall hope that this nonsense has not made what could possibly be a tough time for her and her family any worse.

To the parents who contacted the newspaper concerned for their children's education ... Education starts at home, especially social education, creating a drama out of thin air is not something that I would consider a good life lesson for my children!

Really, What is the matter with all of you?
I can't quite believe this story, anything could have happened. The school have a duty to protect the personal lives of the teachers. As usual playground gossip has got out of hand, and you WN should have risen above it and maybe waited until you had some facts. Surely, there is someone who works in your offices who has the ability to rationalise. I for one shall give her the benefit of the doubt and shall hope that this nonsense has not made what could possibly be a tough time for her and her family any worse. To the parents who contacted the newspaper concerned for their children's education ... Education starts at home, especially social education, creating a drama out of thin air is not something that I would consider a good life lesson for my children! Really, What is the matter with all of you? Ralph123

9:02am Wed 18 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

Ralph123 wrote:
I can't quite believe this story, anything could have happened. The school have a duty to protect the personal lives of the teachers. As usual playground gossip has got out of hand, and you WN should have risen above it and maybe waited until you had some facts. Surely, there is someone who works in your offices who has the ability to rationalise.

I for one shall give her the benefit of the doubt and shall hope that this nonsense has not made what could possibly be a tough time for her and her family any worse.

To the parents who contacted the newspaper concerned for their children's education ... Education starts at home, especially social education, creating a drama out of thin air is not something that I would consider a good life lesson for my children!

Really, What is the matter with all of you?
This is the WN - never let the facts get in the way of a good story.....
[quote][p][bold]Ralph123[/bold] wrote: I can't quite believe this story, anything could have happened. The school have a duty to protect the personal lives of the teachers. As usual playground gossip has got out of hand, and you WN should have risen above it and maybe waited until you had some facts. Surely, there is someone who works in your offices who has the ability to rationalise. I for one shall give her the benefit of the doubt and shall hope that this nonsense has not made what could possibly be a tough time for her and her family any worse. To the parents who contacted the newspaper concerned for their children's education ... Education starts at home, especially social education, creating a drama out of thin air is not something that I would consider a good life lesson for my children! Really, What is the matter with all of you?[/p][/quote]This is the WN - never let the facts get in the way of a good story..... Hwicce

9:36am Wed 18 Dec 13

RoointheWoo says...

As long as she has notified the school of the reason for her absence, and there are deputies in place to cover her workload, what business of anyone else is this? I cannot believe this has been given print space and that the WN has invaded her privacy in such a way - even contacting her at home?!
This story is only serving to stoke the fires of the gossip mongers - get a grip guys.
As long as she has notified the school of the reason for her absence, and there are deputies in place to cover her workload, what business of anyone else is this? I cannot believe this has been given print space and that the WN has invaded her privacy in such a way - even contacting her at home?! This story is only serving to stoke the fires of the gossip mongers - get a grip guys. RoointheWoo

10:33am Wed 18 Dec 13

THE FACTS says...

I think they get closer to 14 weeks paid leave.... can anyone confirm/correct?
I think they get closer to 14 weeks paid leave.... can anyone confirm/correct? THE FACTS

10:42am Wed 18 Dec 13

CJH says...

If she's at home she's not missing is she? She's just absent from work. It may be that she's ill, in which case it is nothing to do with anyone else at all. Whoever went to the WN with this needs to have a long hard look at their reasons for doing so. Some people are just so petty. Take your children away from the school? What nonsense - they are not thinking of the children are they? Because moving a child to a new school is never traumatic is it? They are just overcome with curiosity about where she is, and are using the children as an excuse.
If she's at home she's not missing is she? She's just absent from work. It may be that she's ill, in which case it is nothing to do with anyone else at all. Whoever went to the WN with this needs to have a long hard look at their reasons for doing so. Some people are just so petty. Take your children away from the school? What nonsense - they are not thinking of the children are they? Because moving a child to a new school is never traumatic is it? They are just overcome with curiosity about where she is, and are using the children as an excuse. CJH

11:12am Wed 18 Dec 13

iamthebinman says...

THE FACTS wrote:
I think they get closer to 14 weeks paid leave.... can anyone confirm/correct?
The amount of leave is balanced by the hours they do. My wife is paid as a part time teacher, 60% of a full time salary. She comfortably works 36 hours every school week and is expected to attend events and meeting on her days off.

She is not complaining but that works out at an average of 29 hours a week over 48 weeks but she is only paid for about 21. So you could spin it to say teachers do nearly 400 hours of unpaid work every year!
[quote][p][bold]THE FACTS[/bold] wrote: I think they get closer to 14 weeks paid leave.... can anyone confirm/correct?[/p][/quote]The amount of leave is balanced by the hours they do. My wife is paid as a part time teacher, 60% of a full time salary. She comfortably works 36 hours every school week and is expected to attend events and meeting on her days off. She is not complaining but that works out at an average of 29 hours a week over 48 weeks but she is only paid for about 21. So you could spin it to say teachers do nearly 400 hours of unpaid work every year! iamthebinman

1:07pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

WN are a newspaper who are supposed to report anything of public interest. And a headmistress absent from work with noboddy apparently knowing why is news worthy. The parents of the children at the Accademy are entitled to be concerned, so while we have to read the defense for our hard working teachers (which they are) so we have to have news items of interest.
WN are a newspaper who are supposed to report anything of public interest. And a headmistress absent from work with noboddy apparently knowing why is news worthy. The parents of the children at the Accademy are entitled to be concerned, so while we have to read the defense for our hard working teachers (which they are) so we have to have news items of interest. Jabbadad

1:25pm Wed 18 Dec 13

CJH says...

Who has said that 'nobody' knows where she is? The people who need to know are school staff and education department. If it is a personal or health related problem I wouldn't want everyone knowing, and that includes parents of children at the school.
Who has said that 'nobody' knows where she is? The people who need to know are school staff and education department. If it is a personal or health related problem I wouldn't want everyone knowing, and that includes parents of children at the school. CJH

2:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

CJH try reading the comments as well as being a smart a.. over the spelling. It says with nobody aparently knowing why. And that alone would invite interest.
The newspaper is not the public enemy, and without their reports a lot would be even more ignorant than now, and I include myself in this.
CJH try reading the comments as well as being a smart a.. over the spelling. It says with nobody aparently knowing why. And that alone would invite interest. The newspaper is not the public enemy, and without their reports a lot would be even more ignorant than now, and I include myself in this. Jabbadad

2:26pm Wed 18 Dec 13

CJH says...

Still doesn't say that nobody knows. Just people deciding it's no business of anyone to SHARE this information. The two things are not the same at all. And I put 'nobody' to highlight the word to indicate that it was presumption. Have I ever commented on your spelling before? No I haven't. Be here all flipping day if I did... ;-)
Still doesn't say that nobody knows. Just people deciding it's no business of anyone to SHARE this information. The two things are not the same at all. And I put 'nobody' to highlight the word to indicate that it was presumption. Have I ever commented on your spelling before? No I haven't. Be here all flipping day if I did... ;-) CJH

3:06pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

CJH I apologise.My spell checker does not work so I am left to my own devices.
CJH I apologise.My spell checker does not work so I am left to my own devices. Jabbadad

3:25pm Wed 18 Dec 13

alfiepie says...

I think the Evening News are aware that something is afoot here - It simply isn't the case of a head teacher off due to personal circumstances. The school was taken over as an academy almost exactly 12 months ago - the parents questioned the move as it was the first school in the UK to become an academy at this level - It may be a mere coincidence but at all the meetings held prior to the takeover, the parents were told that a settling in period of 12 months would ensue - now almost exactly 12 months later the school has a new name, new crest, the head goes 'missing' from school with no reason why, an acting head is in place, the day after an apparent Teacher training day (last week, in the middle of a term?) the kids all get sent home from school at 8.50am and the school is shut for a whole day at 5 minutes notice for ' heating problems' - notification was text through to parents AFTER the kids had returned home....!!! This is why I should imagine some parents went to the paper as the Worcester News was very helpful in trying to fathom out exactly what would happen to the school once it became an academy

Remember this is a school that's governing body voted AGAINST an academy taking over, so the LEA responded by immediately dismissing the WHOLE governing body and replacing them with a hand selected 'temporary' Governing body, that 9 weeks later 'miraculously' voted IN FAVOUR of becoming an academy.....!! No parents were allowed a vote on this

so this story is NOT a load of parents asking why the head isn't at school for personal reasons etc, this is a load of parents who actually love what the head has done for this school and hopes that there is no further sinister motive by the academy or indeed the Local Education Authority to impose their own regime........
I think the Evening News are aware that something is afoot here - It simply isn't the case of a head teacher off due to personal circumstances. The school was taken over as an academy almost exactly 12 months ago - the parents questioned the move as it was the first school in the UK to become an academy at this level - It may be a mere coincidence but at all the meetings held prior to the takeover, the parents were told that a settling in period of 12 months would ensue - now almost exactly 12 months later the school has a new name, new crest, the head goes 'missing' from school with no reason why, an acting head is in place, the day after an apparent Teacher training day (last week, in the middle of a term?) the kids all get sent home from school at 8.50am and the school is shut for a whole day at 5 minutes notice for ' heating problems' - notification was text through to parents AFTER the kids had returned home....!!! This is why I should imagine some parents went to the paper as the Worcester News was very helpful in trying to fathom out exactly what would happen to the school once it became an academy Remember this is a school that's governing body voted AGAINST an academy taking over, so the LEA responded by immediately dismissing the WHOLE governing body and replacing them with a hand selected 'temporary' Governing body, that 9 weeks later 'miraculously' voted IN FAVOUR of becoming an academy.....!! No parents were allowed a vote on this so this story is NOT a load of parents asking why the head isn't at school for personal reasons etc, this is a load of parents who actually love what the head has done for this school and hopes that there is no further sinister motive by the academy or indeed the Local Education Authority to impose their own regime........ alfiepie

3:26pm Wed 18 Dec 13

CJH says...

Jabbadad wrote:
CJH I apologise.My spell checker does not work so I am left to my own devices.
Is ok, no worries :-)
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: CJH I apologise.My spell checker does not work so I am left to my own devices.[/p][/quote]Is ok, no worries :-) CJH

3:31pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

alfiepie wrote:
I think the Evening News are aware that something is afoot here - It simply isn't the case of a head teacher off due to personal circumstances. The school was taken over as an academy almost exactly 12 months ago - the parents questioned the move as it was the first school in the UK to become an academy at this level - It may be a mere coincidence but at all the meetings held prior to the takeover, the parents were told that a settling in period of 12 months would ensue - now almost exactly 12 months later the school has a new name, new crest, the head goes 'missing' from school with no reason why, an acting head is in place, the day after an apparent Teacher training day (last week, in the middle of a term?) the kids all get sent home from school at 8.50am and the school is shut for a whole day at 5 minutes notice for ' heating problems' - notification was text through to parents AFTER the kids had returned home....!!! This is why I should imagine some parents went to the paper as the Worcester News was very helpful in trying to fathom out exactly what would happen to the school once it became an academy

Remember this is a school that's governing body voted AGAINST an academy taking over, so the LEA responded by immediately dismissing the WHOLE governing body and replacing them with a hand selected 'temporary' Governing body, that 9 weeks later 'miraculously' voted IN FAVOUR of becoming an academy.....!! No parents were allowed a vote on this

so this story is NOT a load of parents asking why the head isn't at school for personal reasons etc, this is a load of parents who actually love what the head has done for this school and hopes that there is no further sinister motive by the academy or indeed the Local Education Authority to impose their own regime........
Now why couldn't the WN have put that in the story? That makes for much more interesting reading.
[quote][p][bold]alfiepie[/bold] wrote: I think the Evening News are aware that something is afoot here - It simply isn't the case of a head teacher off due to personal circumstances. The school was taken over as an academy almost exactly 12 months ago - the parents questioned the move as it was the first school in the UK to become an academy at this level - It may be a mere coincidence but at all the meetings held prior to the takeover, the parents were told that a settling in period of 12 months would ensue - now almost exactly 12 months later the school has a new name, new crest, the head goes 'missing' from school with no reason why, an acting head is in place, the day after an apparent Teacher training day (last week, in the middle of a term?) the kids all get sent home from school at 8.50am and the school is shut for a whole day at 5 minutes notice for ' heating problems' - notification was text through to parents AFTER the kids had returned home....!!! This is why I should imagine some parents went to the paper as the Worcester News was very helpful in trying to fathom out exactly what would happen to the school once it became an academy Remember this is a school that's governing body voted AGAINST an academy taking over, so the LEA responded by immediately dismissing the WHOLE governing body and replacing them with a hand selected 'temporary' Governing body, that 9 weeks later 'miraculously' voted IN FAVOUR of becoming an academy.....!! No parents were allowed a vote on this so this story is NOT a load of parents asking why the head isn't at school for personal reasons etc, this is a load of parents who actually love what the head has done for this school and hopes that there is no further sinister motive by the academy or indeed the Local Education Authority to impose their own regime........[/p][/quote]Now why couldn't the WN have put that in the story? That makes for much more interesting reading. Hwicce

3:59pm Wed 18 Dec 13

pdenham says...

The fundamental issue here is that academies, which are paid for by taxpayers, are not accountable. The school itself, the governing body, the oranganisation which manages the school (Griffin Schools Trust) , the local authority (Worcetershire County Council) and loacal elected councillors do not comment.

I smell a rat here - if the Head Teacher is unwell, parents should be told (without further details) and that should be the end of the concern. The fact that there is a co-ordinated cover-up sugests that there is something to hide.
The fundamental issue here is that academies, which are paid for by taxpayers, are not accountable. The school itself, the governing body, the oranganisation which manages the school (Griffin Schools Trust) , the local authority (Worcetershire County Council) and loacal elected councillors do not comment. I smell a rat here - if the Head Teacher is unwell, parents should be told (without further details) and that should be the end of the concern. The fact that there is a co-ordinated cover-up sugests that there is something to hide. pdenham

4:25pm Wed 18 Dec 13

alfiepie says...

Pdenham - This was entirely the parents concern last year - unfortunately the meeting leaders at that meeting (including Cllr Lucy Hodgson) promised to keep the parents informed of what was going to happen - the next thing is the parents received a letter stating the school was now an academy!!

and now it seems at their first 'test' the Griffin Trust has failed the parents and pupils and all stakeholders by NOT letting them know what is going on.......
Pdenham - This was entirely the parents concern last year - unfortunately the meeting leaders at that meeting (including Cllr Lucy Hodgson) promised to keep the parents informed of what was going to happen - the next thing is the parents received a letter stating the school was now an academy!! and now it seems at their first 'test' the Griffin Trust has failed the parents and pupils and all stakeholders by NOT letting them know what is going on....... alfiepie

7:06pm Wed 18 Dec 13

pinkfluff says...

Jabbadad wrote:
CJH I apologise.My spell checker does not work so I am left to my own devices.
I hate it when that happens.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: CJH I apologise.My spell checker does not work so I am left to my own devices.[/p][/quote]I hate it when that happens. pinkfluff

8:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

brooksider says...

Hwicce wrote:
alfiepie wrote:
I think the Evening News are aware that something is afoot here - It simply isn't the case of a head teacher off due to personal circumstances. The school was taken over as an academy almost exactly 12 months ago - the parents questioned the move as it was the first school in the UK to become an academy at this level - It may be a mere coincidence but at all the meetings held prior to the takeover, the parents were told that a settling in period of 12 months would ensue - now almost exactly 12 months later the school has a new name, new crest, the head goes 'missing' from school with no reason why, an acting head is in place, the day after an apparent Teacher training day (last week, in the middle of a term?) the kids all get sent home from school at 8.50am and the school is shut for a whole day at 5 minutes notice for ' heating problems' - notification was text through to parents AFTER the kids had returned home....!!! This is why I should imagine some parents went to the paper as the Worcester News was very helpful in trying to fathom out exactly what would happen to the school once it became an academy

Remember this is a school that's governing body voted AGAINST an academy taking over, so the LEA responded by immediately dismissing the WHOLE governing body and replacing them with a hand selected 'temporary' Governing body, that 9 weeks later 'miraculously' voted IN FAVOUR of becoming an academy.....!! No parents were allowed a vote on this

so this story is NOT a load of parents asking why the head isn't at school for personal reasons etc, this is a load of parents who actually love what the head has done for this school and hopes that there is no further sinister motive by the academy or indeed the Local Education Authority to impose their own regime........
Now why couldn't the WN have put that in the story? That makes for much more interesting reading.
To eek out comments as above.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alfiepie[/bold] wrote: I think the Evening News are aware that something is afoot here - It simply isn't the case of a head teacher off due to personal circumstances. The school was taken over as an academy almost exactly 12 months ago - the parents questioned the move as it was the first school in the UK to become an academy at this level - It may be a mere coincidence but at all the meetings held prior to the takeover, the parents were told that a settling in period of 12 months would ensue - now almost exactly 12 months later the school has a new name, new crest, the head goes 'missing' from school with no reason why, an acting head is in place, the day after an apparent Teacher training day (last week, in the middle of a term?) the kids all get sent home from school at 8.50am and the school is shut for a whole day at 5 minutes notice for ' heating problems' - notification was text through to parents AFTER the kids had returned home....!!! This is why I should imagine some parents went to the paper as the Worcester News was very helpful in trying to fathom out exactly what would happen to the school once it became an academy Remember this is a school that's governing body voted AGAINST an academy taking over, so the LEA responded by immediately dismissing the WHOLE governing body and replacing them with a hand selected 'temporary' Governing body, that 9 weeks later 'miraculously' voted IN FAVOUR of becoming an academy.....!! No parents were allowed a vote on this so this story is NOT a load of parents asking why the head isn't at school for personal reasons etc, this is a load of parents who actually love what the head has done for this school and hopes that there is no further sinister motive by the academy or indeed the Local Education Authority to impose their own regime........[/p][/quote]Now why couldn't the WN have put that in the story? That makes for much more interesting reading.[/p][/quote]To eek out comments as above. brooksider

9:03pm Wed 18 Dec 13

WorcsBornandBred says...

malvernianboy wrote:
WorcsBornandBred wrote:
Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please!

Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer.

With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers!
If you had any idea of how many hours teachers put in during the hours they are at work (and during the holidays) you wouldn't call 9 - 10 weeks ridiculous! Teachers are contracted for 32.5 hours per week. If they worked for these amount of hours they would soon be told they were not doing their job properly! Oh and just in case you didn't realise teachers also pay tax!
This is a poor article. I know Mrs Beddows and she is a great person and a dedicated head.
If teachers had any idea how many hours I have to work, now those are ridiculous! But alas, I only get 28 days a year :-(

On an additional note, I didn't sag teachers didn't pay tax. Perhaps, before you comment, you might actually learn to read first?

If you know Mrs Beddows, might you approach her and ask for support in your learning curve? She's probably the best teacher you know.
[quote][p][bold]malvernianboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please! Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer. With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers![/p][/quote]If you had any idea of how many hours teachers put in during the hours they are at work (and during the holidays) you wouldn't call 9 - 10 weeks ridiculous! Teachers are contracted for 32.5 hours per week. If they worked for these amount of hours they would soon be told they were not doing their job properly! Oh and just in case you didn't realise teachers also pay tax! This is a poor article. I know Mrs Beddows and she is a great person and a dedicated head.[/p][/quote]If teachers had any idea how many hours I have to work, now those are ridiculous! But alas, I only get 28 days a year :-( On an additional note, I didn't sag teachers didn't pay tax. Perhaps, before you comment, you might actually learn to read first? If you know Mrs Beddows, might you approach her and ask for support in your learning curve? She's probably the best teacher you know. WorcsBornandBred

12:52am Thu 19 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

secret agent , although we use pen names in these columns we are also responsible for what we write. And your comments seem just a little dangerous.
Me thinks there just might be some reaction to your comments.
secret agent , although we use pen names in these columns we are also responsible for what we write. And your comments seem just a little dangerous. Me thinks there just might be some reaction to your comments. Jabbadad

5:59pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Pussyslimeslurper says...

She's probably left teaching to work in that new club in lowesmore.
She's probably left teaching to work in that new club in lowesmore. Pussyslimeslurper

1:24pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Geoffery1966 says...

Did she not bring in a sicknote ? :-)
Did she not bring in a sicknote ? :-) Geoffery1966

1:50pm Fri 20 Dec 13

malvernianboy says...

WorcsBornandBred wrote:
malvernianboy wrote:
WorcsBornandBred wrote:
Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please!

Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer.

With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers!
If you had any idea of how many hours teachers put in during the hours they are at work (and during the holidays) you wouldn't call 9 - 10 weeks ridiculous! Teachers are contracted for 32.5 hours per week. If they worked for these amount of hours they would soon be told they were not doing their job properly! Oh and just in case you didn't realise teachers also pay tax!
This is a poor article. I know Mrs Beddows and she is a great person and a dedicated head.
If teachers had any idea how many hours I have to work, now those are ridiculous! But alas, I only get 28 days a year :-(

On an additional note, I didn't sag teachers didn't pay tax. Perhaps, before you comment, you might actually learn to read first?

If you know Mrs Beddows, might you approach her and ask for support in your learning curve? She's probably the best teacher you know.
Maybe you should become a teacher then. I Would recommend you check your spelling first though. I can read very well thanks. Just not interested in idiotic comments about teachers.
[quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malvernianboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please! Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer. With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers![/p][/quote]If you had any idea of how many hours teachers put in during the hours they are at work (and during the holidays) you wouldn't call 9 - 10 weeks ridiculous! Teachers are contracted for 32.5 hours per week. If they worked for these amount of hours they would soon be told they were not doing their job properly! Oh and just in case you didn't realise teachers also pay tax! This is a poor article. I know Mrs Beddows and she is a great person and a dedicated head.[/p][/quote]If teachers had any idea how many hours I have to work, now those are ridiculous! But alas, I only get 28 days a year :-( On an additional note, I didn't sag teachers didn't pay tax. Perhaps, before you comment, you might actually learn to read first? If you know Mrs Beddows, might you approach her and ask for support in your learning curve? She's probably the best teacher you know.[/p][/quote]Maybe you should become a teacher then. I Would recommend you check your spelling first though. I can read very well thanks. Just not interested in idiotic comments about teachers. malvernianboy

4:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Pussyslimeslurper says...

malvernianboy wrote:
WorcsBornandBred wrote:
malvernianboy wrote:
WorcsBornandBred wrote:
Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please!

Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer.

With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers!
If you had any idea of how many hours teachers put in during the hours they are at work (and during the holidays) you wouldn't call 9 - 10 weeks ridiculous! Teachers are contracted for 32.5 hours per week. If they worked for these amount of hours they would soon be told they were not doing their job properly! Oh and just in case you didn't realise teachers also pay tax!
This is a poor article. I know Mrs Beddows and she is a great person and a dedicated head.
If teachers had any idea how many hours I have to work, now those are ridiculous! But alas, I only get 28 days a year :-(

On an additional note, I didn't sag teachers didn't pay tax. Perhaps, before you comment, you might actually learn to read first?

If you know Mrs Beddows, might you approach her and ask for support in your learning curve? She's probably the best teacher you know.
Maybe you should become a teacher then. I Would recommend you check your spelling first though. I can read very well thanks. Just not interested in idiotic comments about teachers.
Your from malvern I take it? Get off our page and read your own paper you malvernian!
[quote][p][bold]malvernianboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malvernianboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: Has her absence from school affected the performance or learning of pupils? You cannot just trash peoples names WN, it's slander. More facts please! Having said that, she should be aware that whilst academies are funded/sponsored, she is also reliant on standard UK payment caps per student to attend, funded by the tax payer. With the success of academies dependant upon them being run as private businesses in a commercial/profit making capacity, perhaps she's taken a standard workers holiday instead of the 9-10 ridiculous weeks a year for most teachers![/p][/quote]If you had any idea of how many hours teachers put in during the hours they are at work (and during the holidays) you wouldn't call 9 - 10 weeks ridiculous! Teachers are contracted for 32.5 hours per week. If they worked for these amount of hours they would soon be told they were not doing their job properly! Oh and just in case you didn't realise teachers also pay tax! This is a poor article. I know Mrs Beddows and she is a great person and a dedicated head.[/p][/quote]If teachers had any idea how many hours I have to work, now those are ridiculous! But alas, I only get 28 days a year :-( On an additional note, I didn't sag teachers didn't pay tax. Perhaps, before you comment, you might actually learn to read first? If you know Mrs Beddows, might you approach her and ask for support in your learning curve? She's probably the best teacher you know.[/p][/quote]Maybe you should become a teacher then. I Would recommend you check your spelling first though. I can read very well thanks. Just not interested in idiotic comments about teachers.[/p][/quote]Your from malvern I take it? Get off our page and read your own paper you malvernian! Pussyslimeslurper

12:58pm Sat 21 Dec 13

roguetomato says...

Why is it anyone's business how much time she's had off? Maybe she's had personal problems like most other people do at some point in their lives.

How **** rude of these parents to demand to know where she is and why she's had time off and this is hardly news worthy. Jeez.
Why is it anyone's business how much time she's had off? Maybe she's had personal problems like most other people do at some point in their lives. How **** rude of these parents to demand to know where she is and why she's had time off and this is hardly news worthy. Jeez. roguetomato

11:31pm Sat 21 Dec 13

WarrenDon says...

Do some people have nothing better to do with their time than correcting other people's spelling and grammar errors in comments?
Do some people have nothing better to do with their time than correcting other people's spelling and grammar errors in comments? WarrenDon

8:01am Fri 27 Dec 13

willing says...

Ralph123 wrote:
I can't quite believe this story, anything could have happened. The school have a duty to protect the personal lives of the teachers. As usual playground gossip has got out of hand, and you WN should have risen above it and maybe waited until you had some facts. Surely, there is someone who works in your offices who has the ability to rationalise.

I for one shall give her the benefit of the doubt and shall hope that this nonsense has not made what could possibly be a tough time for her and her family any worse.

To the parents who contacted the newspaper concerned for their children's education ... Education starts at home, especially social education, creating a drama out of thin air is not something that I would consider a good life lesson for my children!

Really, What is the matter with all of you?
Whilst I understand the points you make, and have sympathy with them, it is in the absence of honesty and openness that gossip and rumour thrive. When a Head is absent from his/her post, of course it can have a significant impact on the moral and general running of a school. It appears that the parents are not even being told there is a disciplinary matter being considered, or an illness, or whatever, and parents of children at any school have a right to at least some information.

When my son went to St Matthias primary school in Malvern, the school completely failed at every level, particularly management, in its Ofsted report, attracting the worst scores I have ever seen. Then the school's Head mistress disappeared without anything being said to anxious parents. After parents gathered at an impromptu meeting, they were told that a nice deal had been stitched up between the governors and the Head, so that if the Head simply left, they would agree not to discuss the reasons for her leaving. It is outrageous to treat concerned parents this way, because schools are about children, not only the protection of teachers, and parents have a right to expect more than silence when asking perfectly reasonable questions like, where has our Head gone?
[quote][p][bold]Ralph123[/bold] wrote: I can't quite believe this story, anything could have happened. The school have a duty to protect the personal lives of the teachers. As usual playground gossip has got out of hand, and you WN should have risen above it and maybe waited until you had some facts. Surely, there is someone who works in your offices who has the ability to rationalise. I for one shall give her the benefit of the doubt and shall hope that this nonsense has not made what could possibly be a tough time for her and her family any worse. To the parents who contacted the newspaper concerned for their children's education ... Education starts at home, especially social education, creating a drama out of thin air is not something that I would consider a good life lesson for my children! Really, What is the matter with all of you?[/p][/quote]Whilst I understand the points you make, and have sympathy with them, it is in the absence of honesty and openness that gossip and rumour thrive. When a Head is absent from his/her post, of course it can have a significant impact on the moral and general running of a school. It appears that the parents are not even being told there is a disciplinary matter being considered, or an illness, or whatever, and parents of children at any school have a right to at least some information. When my son went to St Matthias primary school in Malvern, the school completely failed at every level, particularly management, in its Ofsted report, attracting the worst scores I have ever seen. Then the school's Head mistress disappeared without anything being said to anxious parents. After parents gathered at an impromptu meeting, they were told that a nice deal had been stitched up between the governors and the Head, so that if the Head simply left, they would agree not to discuss the reasons for her leaving. It is outrageous to treat concerned parents this way, because schools are about children, not only the protection of teachers, and parents have a right to expect more than silence when asking perfectly reasonable questions like, where has our Head gone? willing

10:46am Fri 27 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

Please correct me if I am wrong but i thought that Parent Governers were required to represent parents over what really is a most important thing we can bestow on each generation by educating our children?
And of course it's very important what hapens at the school your children attend.
Please correct me if I am wrong but i thought that Parent Governers were required to represent parents over what really is a most important thing we can bestow on each generation by educating our children? And of course it's very important what hapens at the school your children attend. Jabbadad

11:14am Fri 27 Dec 13

RoointheWoo says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Please correct me if I am wrong but i thought that Parent Governers were required to represent parents over what really is a most important thing we can bestow on each generation by educating our children? And of course it's very important what hapens at the school your children attend.
They are required and they are in place - everyone is doing their job as required and as far as I can see (as a parent with 2 children at the school) the day to day running of Perrywood has been completely unaffected by the head's absence - in fact, until this story was printed, the vast majority of people hadn't noticed! Surely the important thing is that the school knows why she is off, and measures are in place to minimise impact on the children - many of whom have been distressed by this story and the rumours it has generated.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Please correct me if I am wrong but i thought that Parent Governers were required to represent parents over what really is a most important thing we can bestow on each generation by educating our children? And of course it's very important what hapens at the school your children attend.[/p][/quote]They are required and they are in place - everyone is doing their job as required and as far as I can see (as a parent with 2 children at the school) the day to day running of Perrywood has been completely unaffected by the head's absence - in fact, until this story was printed, the vast majority of people hadn't noticed! Surely the important thing is that the school knows why she is off, and measures are in place to minimise impact on the children - many of whom have been distressed by this story and the rumours it has generated. RoointheWoo

11:27am Fri 27 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

Yes I agree, the Head of a school is the Inspiration / Leader that all the children look up to. So they (Children) come first of course.
But how silly that so many postings (including mine) are way off track, and so an official announcement should take place. And if there is any uncetainty growing within the childrens thoughts, those who conceal the message are to blame, and are not acting in the interest of the Children at all..
If for any reason the details might trespass on the Heads privacy then a carefully worded explanation should go just to the parents.
Yes I agree, the Head of a school is the Inspiration / Leader that all the children look up to. So they (Children) come first of course. But how silly that so many postings (including mine) are way off track, and so an official announcement should take place. And if there is any uncetainty growing within the childrens thoughts, those who conceal the message are to blame, and are not acting in the interest of the Children at all.. If for any reason the details might trespass on the Heads privacy then a carefully worded explanation should go just to the parents. Jabbadad

7:20pm Sat 11 Jan 14

DarrenM says...

the fact that teachers are overpaid with far too much time off and answer this with "boo-hoo we have to work when we go to work, and so should have all this time off" as if the rest of us who actually work for living just sit around with our feet on the desk all day, is incidental to the fact that there may be a number of personal reasons why the woman is off work that perhaps she doesn't want broadcasted to the world at large, so I can't see yet why its a news story.
the fact that teachers are overpaid with far too much time off and answer this with "boo-hoo we have to work when we go to work, and so should have all this time off" as if the rest of us who actually work for living just sit around with our feet on the desk all day, is incidental to the fact that there may be a number of personal reasons why the woman is off work that perhaps she doesn't want broadcasted to the world at large, so I can't see yet why its a news story. DarrenM

1:43am Sun 12 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

The news today that Minister for Education Groves is going to insist that parents are informed over the situation of the Headmistress, might have a problem since the school is an Academy (Tory Privatised) and does not come under his jurisdiction?
The news today that Minister for Education Groves is going to insist that parents are informed over the situation of the Headmistress, might have a problem since the school is an Academy (Tory Privatised) and does not come under his jurisdiction? Jabbadad

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