Parents finally told 'missing' headteacher has left school

Worcester News: LEFT THE SCHOOL: Angela Beddow LEFT THE SCHOOL: Angela Beddow

A HEADTEACHER missing from a Worcester school without explanation for more than four months has left her post.

Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School's governing body announced yesterday that Angela Beddow has left the school.

A brief statement read: "The governing body of Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School has been notified that Mrs Beddow has for personal and professional reasons left the school as head teacher.

"The acting head teacher, Mrs Tracy Kelly-Freer and SLT (senior leadership team) will continue to lead the school forward prior to the appointment of a substantive head teacher.

"The governors would like to take this opportunity to place on record their best wishes to Mrs Beddow."

We reported on concerns from parents about why Angela Beddow had not been at Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School since the beginning of December even though she remained as headteacher.

The Griffin Schools Trust, which runs the Academy, refused to comment at the time.

Worcestershire County Council said as the school was an academy it was not obliged to inform them of any changes.

The Department for Education refused to comment.

Education Secretary Michael Gove initially promised to get answers for parents but later put out a statement saying it was a matter for the academy trust who had assured him it would update parents and staff as soon as possible.

The row raised questions about the transparency of the Academy system with some parents asking if the school was accountable to anyone.

Yesterday parents received a letter via their children, sent on behalf of the governing body, which said Mrs Beddow had left.

The letter included a quote from Mrs Beddow in which she said: "It is with deep regret and sadness that I will no longer be head at Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School.

"I have been touched by the tremendous support and good wishes I have received from parents and children.

"I wish each and every one of them every success for the future."

Speaking from her home last night, Mrs Beddow said: "I'm legally not able to talk about it."

One parent said: "We are none the wiser really."

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8:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Hawlev says...

I find it very worrying that the Griffin school trust seems able to do anything it wants without keeping the County Council, parents and the Department of Education informed fully of what is going on.
I find it very worrying that the Griffin school trust seems able to do anything it wants without keeping the County Council, parents and the Department of Education informed fully of what is going on. Hawlev
  • Score: 40

8:16pm Wed 9 Apr 14

brooksider says...

Hawlev wrote:
I find it very worrying that the Griffin school trust seems able to do anything it wants without keeping the County Council, parents and the Department of Education informed fully of what is going on.
That's the Academy system for you.
[quote][p][bold]Hawlev[/bold] wrote: I find it very worrying that the Griffin school trust seems able to do anything it wants without keeping the County Council, parents and the Department of Education informed fully of what is going on.[/p][/quote]That's the Academy system for you. brooksider
  • Score: 32

7:38am Thu 10 Apr 14

Bingo Little says...

How on earth can it be right for the County Council, a Government Minister and his Education Department, abdicate responsibility for a school once it becomes an Academy ?

Looks like yet another back of a fag packet idea going pear shaped !!
How on earth can it be right for the County Council, a Government Minister and his Education Department, abdicate responsibility for a school once it becomes an Academy ? Looks like yet another back of a fag packet idea going pear shaped !! Bingo Little
  • Score: 21

1:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

Hawlev wrote:
I find it very worrying that the Griffin school trust seems able to do anything it wants without keeping the County Council, parents and the Department of Education informed fully of what is going on.
What with this, employing unqualified "teachers", and not having having to meet the same food standards as local authority schools, I'm sure the governors and the school are delighted to be rid of all that annoying red tape!
[quote][p][bold]Hawlev[/bold] wrote: I find it very worrying that the Griffin school trust seems able to do anything it wants without keeping the County Council, parents and the Department of Education informed fully of what is going on.[/p][/quote]What with this, employing unqualified "teachers", and not having having to meet the same food standards as local authority schools, I'm sure the governors and the school are delighted to be rid of all that annoying red tape! I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: 9

7:36pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ringthembells says...

Let's not forget that it is the Conservative ruling group on the County Council's policy to see more schools become Academies.

Which in this case, means your elected representatives choosing to say "It's nothing to do with us" but conveniently forgetting that this is their own policy in action.

Ask Liz Eyre why Academies are such a great idea. See what she comes up with.
Let's not forget that it is the Conservative ruling group on the County Council's policy to see more schools become Academies. Which in this case, means your elected representatives choosing to say "It's nothing to do with us" but conveniently forgetting that this is their own policy in action. Ask Liz Eyre why Academies are such a great idea. See what she comes up with. ringthembells
  • Score: 10

12:18pm Wed 16 Apr 14

IanMurray says...

The lack of news in this item and the comments after shows why the private sector is no better than the state sector, but unfortunately this country voted for this.
The lack of news in this item and the comments after shows why the private sector is no better than the state sector, but unfortunately this country voted for this. IanMurray
  • Score: 4

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