St Mary's nursery latest victim of closure as school goes into administration

Parents' anger over text stating school's closure

Parents' anger over text stating school's closure

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PARENTS have hit back at the trustees of St Mary’s School after they announced The Stables nursery would close with the school – via text message.

When it was first revealed that the independent all-girls’ school would close at the end of the school term, it was promised The Stables, which takes babies and children up to the age they would start school all-year round, would stay open until the end of August.

But now, parents are having to take emergency days off because they had no time to find new childcare.

Kerry Ward has two boys who had been going to the nursery for four-and-a-half years.

She said: “This is completely dreadful behaviour, and by sending the statement after the nursery had closed on a Friday parents had no time to arrange anything else. Anybody with any decency would at least allow us to make arrangements. These are kids we are talking about and it is disgusting.”

Mrs Ward has had to find emergency childcare but said she had had trouble because one of her sons was too young to go to any summer schools.

“There’s people having problems having to take emergency day’s holiday because of this,” she said.

“I think the whole thing has been very poorly handled and the school could have been saved if they had told us earlier and the trustees are completely to blame for the state the school has ended up in.”

Parent Mark Harris said he was having to have alternative days off work with his wife because they had not yet been able to find alternative childcare.

Shortly before parents of pupils of the nursery received the text messages on Friday evening, they and parents of children who had just left St Mary’s on Friday, July 11, received an email informing them that the Battenhall school had gone into administration.

It said Andy McGill and Greg Palfrey of Smith and Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group, had been appointed as administrators of the 80-year-old school and had to close the nursery with the school because they had a legal responsibility not the make the financial position worse for creditors.

The trustees said: “When we realised that administration was inevitable, this meant we could not spend money other than to improve the position of the creditors as a whole. On taking advice we realised that anything we could say in any consultations could be changed by administrators and what they intended to achieve. We became focused on keeping the school open until the end of term.

“We all feel very sad that it has ended this way and are sorry that the last few weeks have been so difficult.”

Mr McGill said before it was decided that the school would have to enter administration, the Order had been providing financial support which it could no longer maintain and a search for a buyer for St Mary’s or along-term rescue plan had been fruitless.

“Unfortunately, given the significant level of funding required together with uncertainty regarding future pupil numbers no viable solution could be found. The trustees have had no alternative but to appoint administrators and regrettably we have had to close the school and nursery with immediate effect,” he said.

Notice periods and redundancies for staff will be handled by the administrators who will also provide exam results and certificates to pupils.

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9:58am Tue 15 Jul 14

Give Up! says...

I bet the draft planning application for housing is already submitted... Go bankrupt and refuse to accept attempts to save the school means selling and converting the land for housing is easier....
I bet the draft planning application for housing is already submitted... Go bankrupt and refuse to accept attempts to save the school means selling and converting the land for housing is easier.... Give Up!
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10:51am Tue 15 Jul 14

gmoore1207 says...

at least you were told
at least you were told gmoore1207
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11:08am Tue 15 Jul 14

moonpig says...

The school do not own the buildings and grounds - they are owned by the Convent in France. So even if they are being developed for housing (which I doubt) the school debts will not be affected. I think it is disgraceful to notify parents by text - it seems a bit cowardly. Nursery places are already hard to find in Worcester and to have to do it at such short notice must be almost impossible.
The school do not own the buildings and grounds - they are owned by the Convent in France. So even if they are being developed for housing (which I doubt) the school debts will not be affected. I think it is disgraceful to notify parents by text - it seems a bit cowardly. Nursery places are already hard to find in Worcester and to have to do it at such short notice must be almost impossible. moonpig
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11:24am Tue 15 Jul 14

PaulMeUnder says...

For reference, we did not receive a text message but an email with a statement attached which clearly described the measures they had taken and the end result of the nursery being closed.

It was clearly inevitable that the Stables was going to be closed at some point once it was announced the school was going to be closed so we have used the last few weeks to source alternative arrangements for our daughter with the expectation that it was either going to close at the end of August or at the end of the school term! If others ignored the obvious signs then the end result is yet, you are going to have a mad panic trying to arrange a new place with very little time to do so.

The big issue for us as parents has been trying to get confirmation of the action the trustees were going to take with the nursery. We had contacted them directly as well as the headmistress but no return communication was forthcoming, which was frustrating. But this lack of communication filled us with little hope that the Stables had much life left and we needed to act quickly!

The signs were all there!
For reference, we did not receive a text message but an email with a statement attached which clearly described the measures they had taken and the end result of the nursery being closed. It was clearly inevitable that the Stables was going to be closed at some point once it was announced the school was going to be closed so we have used the last few weeks to source alternative arrangements for our daughter with the expectation that it was either going to close at the end of August or at the end of the school term! If others ignored the obvious signs then the end result is yet, you are going to have a mad panic trying to arrange a new place with very little time to do so. The big issue for us as parents has been trying to get confirmation of the action the trustees were going to take with the nursery. We had contacted them directly as well as the headmistress but no return communication was forthcoming, which was frustrating. But this lack of communication filled us with little hope that the Stables had much life left and we needed to act quickly! The signs were all there! PaulMeUnder
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12:45pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Kezer16 says...

PaulMeUnder wrote:
For reference, we did not receive a text message but an email with a statement attached which clearly described the measures they had taken and the end result of the nursery being closed.

It was clearly inevitable that the Stables was going to be closed at some point once it was announced the school was going to be closed so we have used the last few weeks to source alternative arrangements for our daughter with the expectation that it was either going to close at the end of August or at the end of the school term! If others ignored the obvious signs then the end result is yet, you are going to have a mad panic trying to arrange a new place with very little time to do so.

The big issue for us as parents has been trying to get confirmation of the action the trustees were going to take with the nursery. We had contacted them directly as well as the headmistress but no return communication was forthcoming, which was frustrating. But this lack of communication filled us with little hope that the Stables had much life left and we needed to act quickly!

The signs were all there!
The fact we received an email rather than a text, doesn't really change the outcome!! To be told that the nursery would close at 18:45 after it had actually closed is dreadful!! And they had known since the Thursday, I was told regularly that the nursery would be open, and I have sorted a new nursery from September but had struggled to find anything earlier, why not be honest from the start to allow parents to sort something sooner for the summer!!!
[quote][p][bold]PaulMeUnder[/bold] wrote: For reference, we did not receive a text message but an email with a statement attached which clearly described the measures they had taken and the end result of the nursery being closed. It was clearly inevitable that the Stables was going to be closed at some point once it was announced the school was going to be closed so we have used the last few weeks to source alternative arrangements for our daughter with the expectation that it was either going to close at the end of August or at the end of the school term! If others ignored the obvious signs then the end result is yet, you are going to have a mad panic trying to arrange a new place with very little time to do so. The big issue for us as parents has been trying to get confirmation of the action the trustees were going to take with the nursery. We had contacted them directly as well as the headmistress but no return communication was forthcoming, which was frustrating. But this lack of communication filled us with little hope that the Stables had much life left and we needed to act quickly! The signs were all there![/p][/quote]The fact we received an email rather than a text, doesn't really change the outcome!! To be told that the nursery would close at 18:45 after it had actually closed is dreadful!! And they had known since the Thursday, I was told regularly that the nursery would be open, and I have sorted a new nursery from September but had struggled to find anything earlier, why not be honest from the start to allow parents to sort something sooner for the summer!!! Kezer16
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12:48pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Kezer16 says...

gmoore1207 wrote:
at least you were told
What after it had closed!! Great help.....
[quote][p][bold]gmoore1207[/bold] wrote: at least you were told[/p][/quote]What after it had closed!! Great help..... Kezer16
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1:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

another_furious_parent says...

The Administrators were told that the direct debits coming in for the Stables amounted to 13k a month. This was clearly insufficient to cover the staff and other costs. I have been told that there are between 60 and 70 children in the stables. This would equate to an average charge of £200pm
By this reckoning the 'Average' number of days per child would be 1. This seems unlikely. On pressing I discovered that some children pay a term in advance. In this case those up front fees disappear into the receivership and the parents become creditors and have to stand in line with everyone else. I have subsequently discovered that other parents pay on invoicing. How many parents have invoices at the moment for future fees ? These would have been considered when making the trading decision if the Administrators had been made aware of them ? Also for parents who paid termly, what were the term dates. Again if the prepaid term finished in a couple of days then it would have completely changed the equation. Please folks I need some answers to these questions to treat effectively with the Administrators.
It seems pretty clear to me that the trustees have arranged matters so that no rescue bid could be successful but though I am not a Stables parent , I'm prepared to battle on a bit longer on your behalf to get the Stables reopened if there is enough commitment.
The Administrators were told that the direct debits coming in for the Stables amounted to 13k a month. This was clearly insufficient to cover the staff and other costs. I have been told that there are between 60 and 70 children in the stables. This would equate to an average charge of £200pm By this reckoning the 'Average' number of days per child would be 1. This seems unlikely. On pressing I discovered that some children pay a term in advance. In this case those up front fees disappear into the receivership and the parents become creditors and have to stand in line with everyone else. I have subsequently discovered that other parents pay on invoicing. How many parents have invoices at the moment for future fees ? These would have been considered when making the trading decision if the Administrators had been made aware of them ? Also for parents who paid termly, what were the term dates. Again if the prepaid term finished in a couple of days then it would have completely changed the equation. Please folks I need some answers to these questions to treat effectively with the Administrators. It seems pretty clear to me that the trustees have arranged matters so that no rescue bid could be successful but though I am not a Stables parent , I'm prepared to battle on a bit longer on your behalf to get the Stables reopened if there is enough commitment. another_furious_parent
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Tue 15 Jul 14

CJH says...

I see the school is still advertising itself on traffic islands...
I see the school is still advertising itself on traffic islands... CJH
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2:24pm Tue 15 Jul 14

danieled says...

CJH wrote:
I see the school is still advertising itself on traffic islands...
Well, the Trustees have been at a standstill for the last few years. Why would they know what's going on now?
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: I see the school is still advertising itself on traffic islands...[/p][/quote]Well, the Trustees have been at a standstill for the last few years. Why would they know what's going on now? danieled
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6:42pm Tue 15 Jul 14

worcester1 says...

It makes me incredibly angry that the Trustees are being continually blamed for what has happened to St Mary's School. These rumours have been falsely spread by Mr Borwell-Fox, a parent at the school since last September. These accusations are utterly false with absolutely no foundation. The schools financial situation was created by the previous Board of Trustees who failed to act and it is their fault alone. The current Trustees took over last year with the assurance that the lease on the buildings would be renewed for 999 years - the Order then changed their minds. Please obtain the facts before running down an outstanding Board of Trustees who have done their utmost to save the school. My daughter has attended the school for the last 15 years and I have nothing but praise for the education she has received.
It makes me incredibly angry that the Trustees are being continually blamed for what has happened to St Mary's School. These rumours have been falsely spread by Mr Borwell-Fox, a parent at the school since last September. These accusations are utterly false with absolutely no foundation. The schools financial situation was created by the previous Board of Trustees who failed to act and it is their fault alone. The current Trustees took over last year with the assurance that the lease on the buildings would be renewed for 999 years - the Order then changed their minds. Please obtain the facts before running down an outstanding Board of Trustees who have done their utmost to save the school. My daughter has attended the school for the last 15 years and I have nothing but praise for the education she has received. worcester1
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

another_furious_parent says...

Worcester 1.
No one is saying the previous trustess were blameless. However, Andrew Cleary, Simon Gill and Louise Ansell, were at the helm for the last year at least. Their first duty on finding out the situation was to take action to cut costs and raise revenues. If they couldn't do this they should have resigned immediately. However neither of these were done. They should have reached out to the vast experience available to them from the parents. They didn't do this. They should have made sure that the financial management of the school was robust. They failed in this respect. They did not appoint a bursar. They left hundreds of thousands of pounds both uninvoiced and uncollected. They starved the school of expertise and cash flow. I do not suggest for an instant that this was in any way malevolent, it was however utterly incompetent. I do not know what Mrs Ansell qualifications are ,but Mr Gill is a solicitor and Mr Cleary a Financial Investment Adviser. In what way does this qualify them to run a multi million pound turnover educational establishment? Why on earth was Mr Cleary (allegedly) doing the invoicing instead of a professional ? Their first duty was to disqualify themselves when they discovered that the challenge was greater than their abilities.
Continuing to run the ship at the shore should still meet with opprobrium even though the previous captain steered the course.
I'm sorry, I felt sympathy for Mr Cleary when he was overwhelmed by emotion making his announcement, but as I have dug deeper into this mess my sympathy has evaporated. It still seems that the administrators themselves have been left with incomplete and misleading financial information. The whole mess makes me want to hold my nose
Worcester 1. No one is saying the previous trustess were blameless. However, Andrew Cleary, Simon Gill and Louise Ansell, were at the helm for the last year at least. Their first duty on finding out the situation was to take action to cut costs and raise revenues. If they couldn't do this they should have resigned immediately. However neither of these were done. They should have reached out to the vast experience available to them from the parents. They didn't do this. They should have made sure that the financial management of the school was robust. They failed in this respect. They did not appoint a bursar. They left hundreds of thousands of pounds both uninvoiced and uncollected. They starved the school of expertise and cash flow. I do not suggest for an instant that this was in any way malevolent, it was however utterly incompetent. I do not know what Mrs Ansell qualifications are ,but Mr Gill is a solicitor and Mr Cleary a Financial Investment Adviser. In what way does this qualify them to run a multi million pound turnover educational establishment? Why on earth was Mr Cleary (allegedly) doing the invoicing instead of a professional ? Their first duty was to disqualify themselves when they discovered that the challenge was greater than their abilities. Continuing to run the ship at the shore should still meet with opprobrium even though the previous captain steered the course. I'm sorry, I felt sympathy for Mr Cleary when he was overwhelmed by emotion making his announcement, but as I have dug deeper into this mess my sympathy has evaporated. It still seems that the administrators themselves have been left with incomplete and misleading financial information. The whole mess makes me want to hold my nose another_furious_parent
  • Score: 8

10:24pm Tue 15 Jul 14

another_furious_parent says...

And another thing! It doesn't matter that Mr Borwell-Fox has only been a parent for 9 months, he is as entitled to find fault as I am, and I have paid 32 years of fees for my 4 daughters and 1 son. Finally , while we are about it, I am as happy to associate myself with my comments as I am to associate the trustees names with this disaster.
Yours
Piers Widdowson
And another thing! It doesn't matter that Mr Borwell-Fox has only been a parent for 9 months, he is as entitled to find fault as I am, and I have paid 32 years of fees for my 4 daughters and 1 son. Finally , while we are about it, I am as happy to associate myself with my comments as I am to associate the trustees names with this disaster. Yours Piers Widdowson another_furious_parent
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10:39pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Parent7899 says...

I agree with Worcester 1. The school was going to be closed over the summer holidays 2013 & at this point there was a mass exit from the Board of Trustees then. The current Board of Trustees took over & did their very best to save the school. I'm afraid there is a level of blame to be put at the door of the Headmistress, Mrs Jawaheer. Within the last 4yrs she took the school's identity by changing the uniform, didn't manage to recruit pupils & annoyed most of the existing parents. She knew the school was in trouble & got herself a job sorted by Christmas at Westfield in Gosforth, Newcastle. Her conduct at the end of term was disgraceful. At the last assembly a few hours before the school closed, she didn't even address the girls or wish them well. There was a farewell party put on by the PSA at 2pm that day which she didn't want to happen, she didn't even attend. The girls received a card wishing them well from the staff, personally signed by staff but not the headmistress. She came into our school, turned it upside down, changed our identity and put the backs up of most parents, she is not a warm, welcoming character. Westfield's website says "she brings a wealth of experience as well as a number of fresh ideas". Hope the ideas she brings to your school are better than the ones she brought to St Mary's & hope you'll still be open in 4 years time - good luck Westfield, you're going to need it!
I agree with Worcester 1. The school was going to be closed over the summer holidays 2013 & at this point there was a mass exit from the Board of Trustees then. The current Board of Trustees took over & did their very best to save the school. I'm afraid there is a level of blame to be put at the door of the Headmistress, Mrs Jawaheer. Within the last 4yrs she took the school's identity by changing the uniform, didn't manage to recruit pupils & annoyed most of the existing parents. She knew the school was in trouble & got herself a job sorted by Christmas at Westfield in Gosforth, Newcastle. Her conduct at the end of term was disgraceful. At the last assembly a few hours before the school closed, she didn't even address the girls or wish them well. There was a farewell party put on by the PSA at 2pm that day which she didn't want to happen, she didn't even attend. The girls received a card wishing them well from the staff, personally signed by staff but not the headmistress. She came into our school, turned it upside down, changed our identity and put the backs up of most parents, she is not a warm, welcoming character. Westfield's website says "she brings a wealth of experience as well as a number of fresh ideas". Hope the ideas she brings to your school are better than the ones she brought to St Mary's & hope you'll still be open in 4 years time - good luck Westfield, you're going to need it! Parent7899
  • Score: 21

11:28pm Tue 15 Jul 14

another_furious_parent says...

But why did the new trustees not open up the position to a number of selected parents who could have helped sort out the problem ? Listen, I am very appreciative of the excellent education my girls (and son) received. My beef is not with the school but with the reluctance of the latter trustees to seek the advice they should have. Yes the school was going to the dogs, but instead of taking it on and keeping that quiet hoping to struggle on for a year, they should have taken the decisive action needed to turn the school round. Instead of incurring another 500k-1M of debt which made the school unsaveable. Naturally the nums would not be interested, for goodness sake even the chapel had ceased to function as such. Convent had been removed from then name. Mrs Jawaheer had effectively cut the final tie to the order by changing the uniform. It was symbolic, caused much upset, and I suspect eventually was a major factor in subsequent events.
On the other hand, you are probably right. The trustees did what they could in the circumstances, my anger is probably just the second stage of grief. I tried 'denial', when I got the first letters saying the school was fine. I am using 'anger' against the trustees' I have been trying 'bargaining' with the administrators, I guess I just have 'depression' to look forward to before 'acceptance'
But why did the new trustees not open up the position to a number of selected parents who could have helped sort out the problem ? Listen, I am very appreciative of the excellent education my girls (and son) received. My beef is not with the school but with the reluctance of the latter trustees to seek the advice they should have. Yes the school was going to the dogs, but instead of taking it on and keeping that quiet hoping to struggle on for a year, they should have taken the decisive action needed to turn the school round. Instead of incurring another 500k-1M of debt which made the school unsaveable. Naturally the nums would not be interested, for goodness sake even the chapel had ceased to function as such. Convent had been removed from then name. Mrs Jawaheer had effectively cut the final tie to the order by changing the uniform. It was symbolic, caused much upset, and I suspect eventually was a major factor in subsequent events. On the other hand, you are probably right. The trustees did what they could in the circumstances, my anger is probably just the second stage of grief. I tried 'denial', when I got the first letters saying the school was fine. I am using 'anger' against the trustees' I have been trying 'bargaining' with the administrators, I guess I just have 'depression' to look forward to before 'acceptance' another_furious_parent
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10:33am Wed 16 Jul 14

danieled says...

Worcester1

At 31 March 2012 there were fourteen trustees who I presume were also directors. According to Companies House , since July 2013 eight of those directors resigned with only one new director coming in. So there seems to have been a dearth of directors and I wonder where you got the information that a new Board of Trustees took over - there are still six of the original Trustees on the Board,
Worcester1 At 31 March 2012 there were fourteen trustees who I presume were also directors. According to Companies House , since July 2013 eight of those directors resigned with only one new director coming in. So there seems to have been a dearth of directors and I wonder where you got the information that a new Board of Trustees took over - there are still six of the original Trustees on the Board, danieled
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9:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

worcester1 says...

Mr Borwell-Fox and his attack on the current Trustees have been made in bad taste, he is nothing more than a self promoter looking to make a name for himself at the expense of anyone else. His conduct has been a disgrace. Asking parents for money, suggesting we give up a holiday - what planet is he on? One of his 'team' even approached girls directly at the school telling them the school would be open in September and that if they left it would be the girls fault! What kind of people would do that?! Disgraceful. I will defend Mr Cleary and Mr Gill to the hilt, they did everything within their power to save the school and I am thankful for their tremendous efforts and that they didn't leave our girls with nowhere to go.
Mr Borwell-Fox and his attack on the current Trustees have been made in bad taste, he is nothing more than a self promoter looking to make a name for himself at the expense of anyone else. His conduct has been a disgrace. Asking parents for money, suggesting we give up a holiday - what planet is he on? One of his 'team' even approached girls directly at the school telling them the school would be open in September and that if they left it would be the girls fault! What kind of people would do that?! Disgraceful. I will defend Mr Cleary and Mr Gill to the hilt, they did everything within their power to save the school and I am thankful for their tremendous efforts and that they didn't leave our girls with nowhere to go. worcester1
  • Score: -26

12:57am Thu 17 Jul 14

F1 Dave says...

worcester1 says...

Mr Borwell-Fox and his attack on the current Trustees have been made in bad taste, he is nothing more than a self promoter looking to make a name for himself at the expense of anyone else. His conduct has been a disgrace. Asking parents for money, suggesting we give up a holiday - what planet is he on? One of his 'team' even approached girls directly at the school telling them the school would be open in September and that if they left it would be the girls fault! What kind of people would do that?! Disgraceful. I will defend Mr Cleary and Mr Gill to the hilt, they did everything within their power to save the school and I am thankful for their tremendous efforts and that they didn't leave our girls with nowhere to go.

Mr Cleary and Mr Gill and the rest of the Trustees are the DISGRACE and if you support this disgraceful bunch, then you are also a DISGRACE worcester1.
You sound as if you know them a little to much, for my liking.

another_furious_pare
nt, you are doing fantastic work in bringing to light what the Trustees have hidden for so long. Thank you!!!!
Mr Borwell-Fox you have also done Fantastic work on this very sad matter. I also Thank you.
worcester1 says... Mr Borwell-Fox and his attack on the current Trustees have been made in bad taste, he is nothing more than a self promoter looking to make a name for himself at the expense of anyone else. His conduct has been a disgrace. Asking parents for money, suggesting we give up a holiday - what planet is he on? One of his 'team' even approached girls directly at the school telling them the school would be open in September and that if they left it would be the girls fault! What kind of people would do that?! Disgraceful. I will defend Mr Cleary and Mr Gill to the hilt, they did everything within their power to save the school and I am thankful for their tremendous efforts and that they didn't leave our girls with nowhere to go. Mr Cleary and Mr Gill and the rest of the Trustees are the DISGRACE and if you support this disgraceful bunch, then you are also a DISGRACE worcester1. You sound as if you know them a little to much, for my liking. another_furious_pare nt, you are doing fantastic work in bringing to light what the Trustees have hidden for so long. Thank you!!!! Mr Borwell-Fox you have also done Fantastic work on this very sad matter. I also Thank you. F1 Dave
  • Score: 10

1:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

ACBLive says...

Despite all of this, I'm sure readers of Worcester News, parents and former pupils would like to wish outgoing Headmistress, Mrs Catherine Jawaheer every success in her new job at Westfield School, Oakfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4HS. westfield@westfield.
newcastle.sch.uk
Despite all of this, I'm sure readers of Worcester News, parents and former pupils would like to wish outgoing Headmistress, Mrs Catherine Jawaheer every success in her new job at Westfield School, Oakfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4HS. westfield@westfield. newcastle.sch.uk ACBLive
  • Score: -4

2:05pm Thu 17 Jul 14

ACBLive says...

ACBLive says…
Despite all of this, I'm sure readers of Worcester News, parents and former pupils would like to wish outgoing Headmistress, Mrs Catherine Jawaheer every success in her new job at Westfield School, Oakfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4HS. westfield@westfield. newcastle.sch.uk
ACBLive says… Despite all of this, I'm sure readers of Worcester News, parents and former pupils would like to wish outgoing Headmistress, Mrs Catherine Jawaheer every success in her new job at Westfield School, Oakfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4HS. westfield@westfield. newcastle.sch.uk ACBLive
  • Score: -2

4:04pm Fri 18 Jul 14

worcester1 says...

F1 Dave wrote:
worcester1 says...

Mr Borwell-Fox and his attack on the current Trustees have been made in bad taste, he is nothing more than a self promoter looking to make a name for himself at the expense of anyone else. His conduct has been a disgrace. Asking parents for money, suggesting we give up a holiday - what planet is he on? One of his 'team' even approached girls directly at the school telling them the school would be open in September and that if they left it would be the girls fault! What kind of people would do that?! Disgraceful. I will defend Mr Cleary and Mr Gill to the hilt, they did everything within their power to save the school and I am thankful for their tremendous efforts and that they didn't leave our girls with nowhere to go.

Mr Cleary and Mr Gill and the rest of the Trustees are the DISGRACE and if you support this disgraceful bunch, then you are also a DISGRACE worcester1.
You sound as if you know them a little to much, for my liking.

another_furious_pare

nt, you are doing fantastic work in bringing to light what the Trustees have hidden for so long. Thank you!!!!
Mr Borwell-Fox you have also done Fantastic work on this very sad matter. I also Thank you.
Well F1 Dave I can assure you I am not a disgrace and am aware of the true facts, unlike yourself and Mr Borwell-Fox. What is a disgrace is the wrongful blame being placed on the shoulders of people who have done their utmost for our girls. There are some sad people who gave been influenced by a group of bitter self promoters.
[quote][p][bold]F1 Dave[/bold] wrote: worcester1 says... Mr Borwell-Fox and his attack on the current Trustees have been made in bad taste, he is nothing more than a self promoter looking to make a name for himself at the expense of anyone else. His conduct has been a disgrace. Asking parents for money, suggesting we give up a holiday - what planet is he on? One of his 'team' even approached girls directly at the school telling them the school would be open in September and that if they left it would be the girls fault! What kind of people would do that?! Disgraceful. I will defend Mr Cleary and Mr Gill to the hilt, they did everything within their power to save the school and I am thankful for their tremendous efforts and that they didn't leave our girls with nowhere to go. Mr Cleary and Mr Gill and the rest of the Trustees are the DISGRACE and if you support this disgraceful bunch, then you are also a DISGRACE worcester1. You sound as if you know them a little to much, for my liking. another_furious_pare nt, you are doing fantastic work in bringing to light what the Trustees have hidden for so long. Thank you!!!! Mr Borwell-Fox you have also done Fantastic work on this very sad matter. I also Thank you.[/p][/quote]Well F1 Dave I can assure you I am not a disgrace and am aware of the true facts, unlike yourself and Mr Borwell-Fox. What is a disgrace is the wrongful blame being placed on the shoulders of people who have done their utmost for our girls. There are some sad people who gave been influenced by a group of bitter self promoters. worcester1
  • Score: -4

4:32pm Fri 18 Jul 14

another_furious_parent says...

Worcester1
Well please could you provide those facts rather than making ad hominem attacks on people who were only trying to find a solution. Where did all the money go ? Why was the stables not solvent ? Why were costs not cut when the first tranche of the orders money came in. The school did not close because of some external catastrophe but as a direct result of the way it was run. If the last trustees were truly not able to do anything about it why were they so reluctant to share any detailed financial information. Until there are answers to these questions naturally the finger of blame will point at the stewards at the time the school failed.
Worcester1 Well please could you provide those facts rather than making ad hominem attacks on people who were only trying to find a solution. Where did all the money go ? Why was the stables not solvent ? Why were costs not cut when the first tranche of the orders money came in. The school did not close because of some external catastrophe but as a direct result of the way it was run. If the last trustees were truly not able to do anything about it why were they so reluctant to share any detailed financial information. Until there are answers to these questions naturally the finger of blame will point at the stewards at the time the school failed. another_furious_parent
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1:49pm Sat 19 Jul 14

danieled says...

worcester1 wrote:
It makes me incredibly angry that the Trustees are being continually blamed for what has happened to St Mary's School. These rumours have been falsely spread by Mr Borwell-Fox, a parent at the school since last September. These accusations are utterly false with absolutely no foundation. The schools financial situation was created by the previous Board of Trustees who failed to act and it is their fault alone. The current Trustees took over last year with the assurance that the lease on the buildings would be renewed for 999 years - the Order then changed their minds. Please obtain the facts before running down an outstanding Board of Trustees who have done their utmost to save the school. My daughter has attended the school for the last 15 years and I have nothing but praise for the education she has received.
Since I last commented I have been doing a bit of digging. At 31 August 2012 there were nine directors (who are also trustees) . Six of these resigned in late 2013, leaving three original directors in place. Two new directors were appointed at the end of 2012 (one of whom resigned in early 2014). Two further directors were appointed in March 2014.

One other director was appointed but resigned a few months later.

So Worcester1 (which is also the title of Tesco St Peter's store) was wrong in inferring that the old trustees left and and a new board took over.
[quote][p][bold]worcester1[/bold] wrote: It makes me incredibly angry that the Trustees are being continually blamed for what has happened to St Mary's School. These rumours have been falsely spread by Mr Borwell-Fox, a parent at the school since last September. These accusations are utterly false with absolutely no foundation. The schools financial situation was created by the previous Board of Trustees who failed to act and it is their fault alone. The current Trustees took over last year with the assurance that the lease on the buildings would be renewed for 999 years - the Order then changed their minds. Please obtain the facts before running down an outstanding Board of Trustees who have done their utmost to save the school. My daughter has attended the school for the last 15 years and I have nothing but praise for the education she has received.[/p][/quote]Since I last commented I have been doing a bit of digging. At 31 August 2012 there were nine directors (who are also trustees) . Six of these resigned in late 2013, leaving three original directors in place. Two new directors were appointed at the end of 2012 (one of whom resigned in early 2014). Two further directors were appointed in March 2014. One other director was appointed but resigned a few months later. So Worcester1 (which is also the title of Tesco St Peter's store) was wrong in inferring that the old trustees left and and a new board took over. danieled
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1:57pm Sun 20 Jul 14

ACBLive says...

What happened to the Bursar who was at the school. When did she leave and why?!
What happened to the Bursar who was at the school. When did she leave and why?! ACBLive
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8:39am Mon 21 Jul 14

happy02 says...

The old bursar left in July 2013 - she was made redundant along with other staff being made redundant or leaving. This was in theory a cost-cutting exercise as Mr Cleary then took over the bursar's duties. The problems with the school started when the prep pupil numbers dropped significantly in Mrs Cookson's time - the old Trustees knew there were problems but did nothting to address this until it was too late. Mrs Jawaheer had no time to really impact the school in a positive way although number did start to increase. The blame must lie squarely with the old trustees - they did nothing to stop the rot and as a result the school has now closed.
The old bursar left in July 2013 - she was made redundant along with other staff being made redundant or leaving. This was in theory a cost-cutting exercise as Mr Cleary then took over the bursar's duties. The problems with the school started when the prep pupil numbers dropped significantly in Mrs Cookson's time - the old Trustees knew there were problems but did nothting to address this until it was too late. Mrs Jawaheer had no time to really impact the school in a positive way although number did start to increase. The blame must lie squarely with the old trustees - they did nothing to stop the rot and as a result the school has now closed. happy02
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4:10pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Catherine Phillips says...

Hi there,

I am putting together a nostalgia piece about St Mary's - if you have any information, photographs or memories you would like to share please email cp@worcesternews.co.
uk.

Kind regards

Catherine Phillips
Hi there, I am putting together a nostalgia piece about St Mary's - if you have any information, photographs or memories you would like to share please email cp@worcesternews.co. uk. Kind regards Catherine Phillips Catherine Phillips
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