A total of ten members of staff have resigned from a beleaguered primary school which has parted ways with its fifth head teacher in five years.
Copperfield Academy, in Northfleet, which is run by the country’s biggest trust REAch2, has now bid farewell to more than 80 staff in that period.
At its last Ofsted inspection in September 2016 the Dover Road East school was rated as requiring improvement and had 527 pupils, 47 above capacity.
By Melissa Benn
Even for the sceptical, the suddenness and speed with which the academy schools project has fallen from public grace is remarkable. After years of uncritical acceptance of official claims that academies, and free schools, offer a near cast-iron guarantee of a better-quality education, particularly for poorer pupils, there is now widespread recognition of the drear reality: inadequate multi-academy trusts failing thousands of pupils, parents increasingly shut out of their children’s education, and academy executive heads creaming off excessive salaries – in some cases almost three times higher than the prime minister – from a system perilously squeezed of funds.
We have been sent this by someone connected with Harris Academy Philip Lane (formerly known as Downhills) which became an academy because SATs were not good enough. Looks from this letter sent to parents, that Harris did improve results… by cheating!
Unsurprisingly, teachers in schools outside local authority control were much more likely to be employing non-QTS teachers.
In LA maintained primary schools, 2.4% of teachers were unqualified (based on full-time equivalent roles), while it was 3.4% in converter academies, 5.6% in sponsor-led academies and 10.2% in free schools.
At secondary level, 4.2% of teachers in LA maintained schools did not have QTS, while it was 4.6% in converter academies, 8.6% in sponsor-led academies, 8.9% in free schools and 18.8% in UTC/Studio schools.
Parents fear a repeat of one school’s financial crisis could endanger the education offered at seven of Deal’s primary schools if they convert to academies.
A petition has been set up asking for a ballot amid concerns over the consultation to merge Sandown, Hornbeam, The Downs, Deal Parochial, Northbourne, Sholden, and Kingsdown and Ringwould into one large academy trust.
Campaign group Save Deal Schools is demanding that “each school runs a parent ballot, where parents are able to respond based on true and honest information.”