Academy pupils stage protest

PUPILS staged a lunchtime protest on the playing field at Wellington Academy in Ludgershall today, with some refusing to go back to class at the end of their break.

The youngsters were upset by the sudden departure of several teachers.

One said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. Some of us are in the middle of our GCSEs.

“The heads of year came out and told us we could stay here all day if we liked but it wouldn’t make any difference.”

The Journal tried to contact principal Dr Michael Milner but he was in a meeting. A spokesman said a letter would be issued to parents this afternoon.

A notice was posted on the academy’s website yesterday saying: “We have had to take a small number of difficult decisions on staffing for September 2014 in order to optimise the experience offered to our students in the new academic year.”

Vice-principal Suzanne Dew said: “We are going through a restructuring process in response to changes in the curriculum as suggested by the Department for Education and fully endorsed by Ofsted, and in line with budget reductions which are impacting schools across the country.

“Staff are able to make a request to be able, for example, to leave prior to the end of their contractual notice period.

“We are being extremely sensitive and empathetic to the small number of staff that might be affected, as long as it does not impact on the continued education of the students.”

Ms Dew said four members of staff “have left this term as part of this process, as of today”.

She added that the process was “not quite complete”, and she was unable to discuss any individual cases.

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1:55pm Fri 16 May 14

Friend of the People says...

This Academy is in serious trouble. It has received a damning OFSTED report. Its high flying public school headmaster sponsor - Anthony Seldon - has thrown in the towel. Millions were spent on the new buildings, yet it incresasingly seems in melt down.

The governors originally included Tory MP, Claire Terry, and Prince Andrew. Are they still there? If so they should get a grip or were they bought in just as window dressing with no responsibility?

Gove, should seriously think about reverting this failing school back to Wiltshire Council control.

Would you send your child there?
This Academy is in serious trouble. It has received a damning OFSTED report. Its high flying public school headmaster sponsor - Anthony Seldon - has thrown in the towel. Millions were spent on the new buildings, yet it incresasingly seems in melt down. The governors originally included Tory MP, Claire Terry, and Prince Andrew. Are they still there? If so they should get a grip or were they bought in just as window dressing with no responsibility? Gove, should seriously think about reverting this failing school back to Wiltshire Council control. Would you send your child there? Friend of the People
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10:45pm Fri 16 May 14

journalist1 says...

What do you mean the public school sponsor has thrown in the towel?
What do you mean the public school sponsor has thrown in the towel? journalist1
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6:31pm Tue 20 May 14

Friend of the People says...

From what I heard Anthony Seldon is no longer involved.

I may be wrong. If he is still these he needs to get the whole outfit sorted before it further implodes. What is Claire Perry doing?
From what I heard Anthony Seldon is no longer involved. I may be wrong. If he is still these he needs to get the whole outfit sorted before it further implodes. What is Claire Perry doing? Friend of the People
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