'Failing' Blackburn school put in special measures

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Pleckgate High School Pleckgate High School

A BLACKBURN school has been given the lowest Ofsted rating after inspectors found ‘a culture of mistrust’.

Pleckgate High School has been graded Inadequate and placed in special measures after receiving a ‘Good’ rating two years ago.

Inspectors said there were tensions between governors, teachers and headteacher Cherry Ridgway.

The inspectors found that morale was low and she had been unable to win hearts and minds of a significant minority of staff.

The majority of governors could now be replaced by a council-appointed board.

Ms Ridgway, who started at the school in December 2012, has responded to the report by saying she anticipates the school becoming an academy.

It is the second Blackburn with Darwen high school which has needed intervention in five months, following Darwen Vale.

Dropping from the second highest rating, Pleckgate gained a third level ‘Requires Improvement’ rating in most areas.

The area of leadership and management was found to have the lowest rating of 4 or ‘Inadequate’.

Lead inspector Shirley Gornall said: “The headteacher has been unable to win the hearts and minds of a significant minority of staff. She has introduced change at a rapid pace.

“Her work in developing effective quality assurance processes has met with resistance.

“The morale of staff is low and there is polarisation between those who fully subscribe to the headteacher’s vision and those who actively dislike her management. Older students are well aware of staff discontent and this is affecting their morale too.”

She added: “A culture of mistrust has developed that is having a corrosive effect on the school.”

The school as a whole was praised for strong mathematic achievement but told to improve standards in English.

Absences and exclusion rates were also found to be low.

Ms Ridgway said: “The overall Inadequate judgement is extremely disappointing, but I am pleased that Ofsted recognises the progress we have already made and wants us to continue with our journey of improvement. Our priority is always to do the best for the pupils of Pleckgate. Longer term, our expectation is that the school will probably be required to convert to an academy.

“We have not had any discussions about academy status but hope that any future proposal will be carried out in full consultation with staff, parents and pupils.”

In the Ofsted report, governors were also criticised for ‘seriously undermining’ the headteacher. The report said the governing body had already received a warning notice from the council due to ‘a serious breakdown’ in managerial relationships.

Ms Gornall said: “Some governors have not supported the headteacher’s reasonable attempts to challenge underperformance and have exacerbated tensions within the teaching staff.

“The relationship between the governing body and the headteacher has broken down to the extent that the capacity for the school to improve is seriously jeopardised. Governors do not all trust each other.”

Acting chair of governors Aziz Hazari, a Pleckgate governor of ten years, said he was surprised and disappointed.

He said: “The records are there to show we have supported many schemes brought to us, such as bringing in iPads. We support the head just as we did the last headteacher.

“I don’t see where the idea that we do not trust each other could have come from. We felt we answered Ofsted’s questions well.

“Governors are volunteers who are here because they are passionate. My children went from Pleckgate on to top institutions. Like others, I want to give something back in my free time.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s member for education Dave Harling said: “We have been aware of the concerns raised by Ofsted for some time and have been actively working with Pleckgate’s governing body to help try to resolve some of their difficulties.

“We welcome the fact that Ofsted has recognised the progress already being made, but of course we also acknowledge that there is still a long way to go.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council has placed four additional governors on to the governing body and will make a formal request to the Department for Education to establish an interim executive board to replace the majority of governors.

The existing board is made up of six parent governors, four local authority governors, four staff and five community governors.

Coun Harling said: “This is something we had already planned before the recent Ofsted inspection and, subject to it being granted, we feel this will be the best possible option for the school.”

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9:33pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Nelson J says...

Of course it will become an Academy...........th
is is how our government are privatising our schools (especially the new builds!!)
Of course it will become an Academy...........th is is how our government are privatising our schools (especially the new builds!!) Nelson J
  • Score: 27

10:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Chuck-Norris says...

Poor English at Pleckgate High School ??? No way
Poor English at Pleckgate High School ??? No way Chuck-Norris
  • Score: 36

11:08pm Thu 6 Feb 14

A Game of Blue & White Halves says...

Place it in the trusted hands of Tauheedul - they have a winning formula!
Place it in the trusted hands of Tauheedul - they have a winning formula! A Game of Blue & White Halves
  • Score: -35

11:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

DGower says...

The report says that iPads were seen as distractions rather than an aid to learning so stop using iPads as something wonderful that has been implemented in schools. It's nothing but a gimmick.
The report says that iPads were seen as distractions rather than an aid to learning so stop using iPads as something wonderful that has been implemented in schools. It's nothing but a gimmick. DGower
  • Score: 42

11:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Pyewacket2 says...

Seems curious those schools that have been extensively modernised at public expense under BSF are all now failing and are being snapped up as Academies. Council Tax Payers retain the liabilities and the private sector takes the assets and all future profits.
Seems curious those schools that have been extensively modernised at public expense under BSF are all now failing and are being snapped up as Academies. Council Tax Payers retain the liabilities and the private sector takes the assets and all future profits. Pyewacket2
  • Score: 51

8:30am Fri 7 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

Pyewacket2 wrote:
Seems curious those schools that have been extensively modernised at public expense under BSF are all now failing and are being snapped up as Academies. Council Tax Payers retain the liabilities and the private sector takes the assets and all future profits.
Not all schools in the BSF programme have had bad OFSTED's. Central Blackburn, Darwen Academy and Witton Park were all rated 'Good' by OFSTED
[quote][p][bold]Pyewacket2[/bold] wrote: Seems curious those schools that have been extensively modernised at public expense under BSF are all now failing and are being snapped up as Academies. Council Tax Payers retain the liabilities and the private sector takes the assets and all future profits.[/p][/quote]Not all schools in the BSF programme have had bad OFSTED's. Central Blackburn, Darwen Academy and Witton Park were all rated 'Good' by OFSTED Excluded again
  • Score: 9

9:08am Fri 7 Feb 14

Casper's mum says...

It will become an academy in the very near future like all other failing schools.
It will become an academy in the very near future like all other failing schools. Casper's mum
  • Score: 1

1:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

englishteacher1234 says...

DGower wrote:
The report says that iPads were seen as distractions rather than an aid to learning so stop using iPads as something wonderful that has been implemented in schools. It's nothing but a gimmick.
You appear to be missing the part which reads "Tablet computers....are used to good effect in some subjects, such as in physical education where students record and analyse their movements." and "Not all teachers are confident in using this technology" therefore to me this looks like they need some training rather than a problem. The report also appears to focus on teaching and learning needing to improve and "students need to become more active learners" I work in another High School with just a class set of iPads but when I use them my students are much more active.
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: The report says that iPads were seen as distractions rather than an aid to learning so stop using iPads as something wonderful that has been implemented in schools. It's nothing but a gimmick.[/p][/quote]You appear to be missing the part which reads "Tablet computers....are used to good effect in some subjects, such as in physical education where students record and analyse their movements." and "Not all teachers are confident in using this technology" therefore to me this looks like they need some training rather than a problem. The report also appears to focus on teaching and learning needing to improve and "students need to become more active learners" I work in another High School with just a class set of iPads but when I use them my students are much more active. englishteacher1234
  • Score: 9

1:19pm Fri 7 Feb 14

englishteacher1234 says...

DGower wrote:
The report says that iPads were seen as distractions rather than an aid to learning so stop using iPads as something wonderful that has been implemented in schools. It's nothing but a gimmick.
You appear to be missing the part which reads "Tablet computers....are used to good effect in some subjects, such as in physical education where students record and analyse their movements." and "Not all teachers are confident in using this technology" therefore to me this looks like they need some training rather than a problem. The report also appears to focus on teaching and learning needing to improve and "students need to become more active learners" I work in another High School with just a class set of iPads but when I use them my students are much more active.
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: The report says that iPads were seen as distractions rather than an aid to learning so stop using iPads as something wonderful that has been implemented in schools. It's nothing but a gimmick.[/p][/quote]You appear to be missing the part which reads "Tablet computers....are used to good effect in some subjects, such as in physical education where students record and analyse their movements." and "Not all teachers are confident in using this technology" therefore to me this looks like they need some training rather than a problem. The report also appears to focus on teaching and learning needing to improve and "students need to become more active learners" I work in another High School with just a class set of iPads but when I use them my students are much more active. englishteacher1234
  • Score: -6

2:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

salvadore says...

This is pure and simply a leadership issue, the head teacher cannot sell her vision to the teachers then what chance do parents and children have. Governors are there to challenge and support which is an ofsted requirement the last thing the school needs is a bunch of yes men. It's sad state if affairs, a long serving teacher who left last summer told me in private the English department was a mess. This a rudderless ship going no where, this happening since the last two years. That's when the head teacher was appointed by the same governors who she criticises. It maybe the head teacher needs to be removed.
This is pure and simply a leadership issue, the head teacher cannot sell her vision to the teachers then what chance do parents and children have. Governors are there to challenge and support which is an ofsted requirement the last thing the school needs is a bunch of yes men. It's sad state if affairs, a long serving teacher who left last summer told me in private the English department was a mess. This a rudderless ship going no where, this happening since the last two years. That's when the head teacher was appointed by the same governors who she criticises. It maybe the head teacher needs to be removed. salvadore
  • Score: 47

2:51pm Fri 7 Feb 14

blackburn_citizen says...

Well it is sad to see any school in this predicament but Pleckgate especially, the school has been serving the local community well for generations, many of us have great memories of our experiences there. Lets hope this is a blip and the issues resolved sooner rather than later.

Can i take this opportunity to highlight the success of the Tauheedul Islam schools who have consecutively been awarded the 'Outstanding' mark and surpass their achievements year on year.
Well it is sad to see any school in this predicament but Pleckgate especially, the school has been serving the local community well for generations, many of us have great memories of our experiences there. Lets hope this is a blip and the issues resolved sooner rather than later. Can i take this opportunity to highlight the success of the Tauheedul Islam schools who have consecutively been awarded the 'Outstanding' mark and surpass their achievements year on year. blackburn_citizen
  • Score: -15

3:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

class71 says...

A Game of Blue & White Halves wrote:
Place it in the trusted hands of Tauheedul - they have a winning formula!
Tauheedul leads the way once again. When will the TU wake up to the fact that in our business it's all about the results. If your good your in, if not your out.
[quote][p][bold]A Game of Blue & White Halves[/bold] wrote: Place it in the trusted hands of Tauheedul - they have a winning formula![/p][/quote]Tauheedul leads the way once again. When will the TU wake up to the fact that in our business it's all about the results. If your good your in, if not your out. class71
  • Score: -17

3:33pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Saj143 says...

Chuck-Norris wrote:
Poor English at Pleckgate High School ??? No way
Your point is pr1ck?
[quote][p][bold]Chuck-Norris[/bold] wrote: Poor English at Pleckgate High School ??? No way[/p][/quote]Your point is pr1ck? Saj143
  • Score: -3

3:37pm Fri 7 Feb 14

voice of reason10 says...

The report accurately highlights the divisive nature of the leadership of the school. The school has only gone downhill in the last two years, it has always been a fantastic school up until then. This present HeadTeacher had significant problems at her previous school, Collegiate High School in Blackpool, where the staff voted for strike action against her draconian 'improvements'. She only stayed 18 months at Collegiate - hardly time to 'prove' how good her improvements were. Many staff from her old school were appointed to new posts at Pleckgate, exasperating the problems she was causing. If she has failed to win hearts and minds then that is her fault - she is paid enough, if morale is low, that, too is her fault, the buck stops with her. I have never seen a school go so down so far, so quickly. You can pinpoint the exact time it happened...right down to the exact day.
The report accurately highlights the divisive nature of the leadership of the school. The school has only gone downhill in the last two years, it has always been a fantastic school up until then. This present HeadTeacher had significant problems at her previous school, Collegiate High School in Blackpool, where the staff voted for strike action against her draconian 'improvements'. She only stayed 18 months at Collegiate - hardly time to 'prove' how good her improvements were. Many staff from her old school were appointed to new posts at Pleckgate, exasperating the problems she was causing. If she has failed to win hearts and minds then that is her fault - she is paid enough, if morale is low, that, too is her fault, the buck stops with her. I have never seen a school go so down so far, so quickly. You can pinpoint the exact time it happened...right down to the exact day. voice of reason10
  • Score: 53

3:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Secondchild says...

The main problem with Pleckgate is poor leadership. Since leadership starts at the top has anybody looked at the past record of the new head and the Councils Education Lead
The main problem with Pleckgate is poor leadership. Since leadership starts at the top has anybody looked at the past record of the new head and the Councils Education Lead Secondchild
  • Score: 42

4:23pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Blue-tonic says...

One for tauheedul to take on turn round, like they did with witting park.
One for tauheedul to take on turn round, like they did with witting park. Blue-tonic
  • Score: -21

6:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

sid_pleckgater says...

In the last Ofsted (2011 - rating GOOD) Governance was described as Good and as the report stated '... the governing body takes an active role in the life of the school and uses its wealth of knowledge and experience to support AND QUESTION leaders at all levels...it has a clear understanding of issues...'. How is it then that the Governors (most of whom were present in 2011) are now seen as inadequate and undermining the headteacher in the quest for improvement (having appointed her to the role in the first place). There appears to have been a concerted attempt to undermine the Governing body who have always worked together in partnership with previous headteachers in the interests of the children and their progress.
There are too many unanswered questions regarding the way in which pupils and staff have been left feeling bereft of support and where low morale is the dominant feeling.
Is this not a case for some investigative journalism to penetrate further the issues raised here both within the school but also the Local Authority who must accept some responsibility for the sad decline in what was once a happy school where children felt valued and made good progress.
In the last Ofsted (2011 - rating GOOD) Governance was described as Good and as the report stated '... the governing body takes an active role in the life of the school and uses its wealth of knowledge and experience to support AND QUESTION leaders at all levels...it has a clear understanding of issues...'. How is it then that the Governors (most of whom were present in 2011) are now seen as inadequate and undermining the headteacher in the quest for improvement (having appointed her to the role in the first place). There appears to have been a concerted attempt to undermine the Governing body who have always worked together in partnership with previous headteachers in the interests of the children and their progress. There are too many unanswered questions regarding the way in which pupils and staff have been left feeling bereft of support and where low morale is the dominant feeling. Is this not a case for some investigative journalism to penetrate further the issues raised here both within the school but also the Local Authority who must accept some responsibility for the sad decline in what was once a happy school where children felt valued and made good progress. sid_pleckgater
  • Score: 36

6:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

Without good teachers in a school it may as well be a youth club,you only have to look at the private sector to realise where the top grades are to be found but there are good state schools with some inspired teachers get the best out of their pupils,
Without good teachers in a school it may as well be a youth club,you only have to look at the private sector to realise where the top grades are to be found but there are good state schools with some inspired teachers get the best out of their pupils, noddy57
  • Score: 6

6:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Secondchild says...

My information says that the Ofsted report is wrong. There is a very significant majority of the teaching staff who have lost their trust in the senior management despite they being the teachers who have performed so well in many previous years. These are the same teachers who have always had the education and well being of the children at heart but now walk in fear of losing their jobs.
It is time that the parents started to stand up and be counted and back the teachers who have served their children so well in the past. It is time to demand truthful answers, to the many questions that have been so far left unanswered and every opportunity must be pursued. Raise the subject at every meeting and demand answers. Parents should remember that at the end of the day it is their children who will suffer if this unacceptable situation is not rapidly resolved and the quickest way to resolve it is to remove the root cause of the problems.
My information says that the Ofsted report is wrong. There is a very significant majority of the teaching staff who have lost their trust in the senior management despite they being the teachers who have performed so well in many previous years. These are the same teachers who have always had the education and well being of the children at heart but now walk in fear of losing their jobs. It is time that the parents started to stand up and be counted and back the teachers who have served their children so well in the past. It is time to demand truthful answers, to the many questions that have been so far left unanswered and every opportunity must be pursued. Raise the subject at every meeting and demand answers. Parents should remember that at the end of the day it is their children who will suffer if this unacceptable situation is not rapidly resolved and the quickest way to resolve it is to remove the root cause of the problems. Secondchild
  • Score: 40

6:35pm Fri 7 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

Why has my comment been deleted (and one from another poster who stated the TRUTH about Ms Ridgway's tenure at Collegiate High School in Blackpool)? My comment contained only FACTS - facts which cannot be disputed by anyone who knows the school and its staff and pupils. It wouldn't be for the same reason this "news"paper declined to shed light on this matter seven months ago, despite asking for and being given a plethora of concrete FACTS from the horse's mouth, to coin a phrase? Have you received a phone call from 01254 249134 again, Lancashire Telegraph?
Why has my comment been deleted (and one from another poster who stated the TRUTH about Ms Ridgway's tenure at Collegiate High School in Blackpool)? My comment contained only FACTS - facts which cannot be disputed by anyone who knows the school and its staff and pupils. It wouldn't be for the same reason this "news"paper declined to shed light on this matter seven months ago, despite asking for and being given a plethora of concrete FACTS from the horse's mouth, to coin a phrase? Have you received a phone call from 01254 249134 again, Lancashire Telegraph? PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 37

6:40pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

I am saddened by the turn of events at Pleckgate. I worked there for 21 years as Head of Maths and latterly Assistant Head and was heavily involved in the bid which gained us Specialist School status in Maths and Computing. It was a happy school with a committed teaching force who did their very best for the children. Exam results were excellent; pupils generally achieved far more than expected and it says a lot that I am still in touch with many of my pupils nearly eight years after retirement.
Many of the staff I worked with are still at the school, although a surprising number have left for various reasons. What has gone wrong? If a school has gone from 'good' to Special Measures in less than two years, then the problems stem from what has happened in those two years. Can the LEA not see this? I hope that the blame is placed squarely where it belongs. If leadership is classed as a 4, then the buck MUST stop with the Head!
I am saddened by the turn of events at Pleckgate. I worked there for 21 years as Head of Maths and latterly Assistant Head and was heavily involved in the bid which gained us Specialist School status in Maths and Computing. It was a happy school with a committed teaching force who did their very best for the children. Exam results were excellent; pupils generally achieved far more than expected and it says a lot that I am still in touch with many of my pupils nearly eight years after retirement. Many of the staff I worked with are still at the school, although a surprising number have left for various reasons. What has gone wrong? If a school has gone from 'good' to Special Measures in less than two years, then the problems stem from what has happened in those two years. Can the LEA not see this? I hope that the blame is placed squarely where it belongs. If leadership is classed as a 4, then the buck MUST stop with the Head! Retired Teacher
  • Score: 67

6:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

Apologies - I missed the comment about Collegiate which, at this current time, remains.

However, I reitterate my comment(s) about my deleted post.
Apologies - I missed the comment about Collegiate which, at this current time, remains. However, I reitterate my comment(s) about my deleted post. PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Fri 7 Feb 14

monopoly says...

I've met the head a few times and the report doesn't shock me at all.It's her way or no way,i found her very unapproachable and very unfair.Get her out before she runs it right into the ground.
I've met the head a few times and the report doesn't shock me at all.It's her way or no way,i found her very unapproachable and very unfair.Get her out before she runs it right into the ground. monopoly
  • Score: 40

6:51pm Fri 7 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

sid_pleckgater says...

Is this not a case for some investigative journalism to penetrate further the issues raised here both within the school but also the Local Authority who must accept some responsibility for the sad decline in what was once a happy school where children felt valued and made good progress.

THE LT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY LAST SUMMER.
sid_pleckgater says... Is this not a case for some investigative journalism to penetrate further the issues raised here both within the school but also the Local Authority who must accept some responsibility for the sad decline in what was once a happy school where children felt valued and made good progress. THE LT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY LAST SUMMER. PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 25

7:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

DGower says...

Englishteacher1234, as an Ipad training school (whatever that is) you'd think the teachers were trained in using these devices for learning and teaching rather than simply handing them and the students expensive pieces of Kit - which are pretty much useless if people don't know or don't want to use them. If someone can show me evidence that such devices allow rapid progress in learning then i will gladly put my hand up and accept their use. Until then, all they are, are a expensive gimmick.
Englishteacher1234, as an Ipad training school (whatever that is) you'd think the teachers were trained in using these devices for learning and teaching rather than simply handing them and the students expensive pieces of Kit - which are pretty much useless if people don't know or don't want to use them. If someone can show me evidence that such devices allow rapid progress in learning then i will gladly put my hand up and accept their use. Until then, all they are, are a expensive gimmick. DGower
  • Score: 8

7:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Ex teacher says...

I worked at Pleckgate for 20 years , ,I am very disappointed to see that the school is in special measures. The school was a very happy place and children achieved success under the leadership of the previous Head and Governors.( who are the same ones criticised in the report ! )
It seems that the only change is a new Head so questions must be asked as why this state of affairs has occurred and who is responsible. The LA need to look at this again. I have been told that there are serious questions about the original enquiry held by the. LA last Summer.
I worked at Pleckgate for 20 years , ,I am very disappointed to see that the school is in special measures. The school was a very happy place and children achieved success under the leadership of the previous Head and Governors.( who are the same ones criticised in the report ! ) It seems that the only change is a new Head so questions must be asked as why this state of affairs has occurred and who is responsible. The LA need to look at this again. I have been told that there are serious questions about the original enquiry held by the. LA last Summer. Ex teacher
  • Score: 45

7:49pm Fri 7 Feb 14

kmathews says...

I am extremely saddened by this news. As an ex pupil of pleckgate, I know first hand that the teachers are fantastic and they always go that extra mile, always putting their pupils first. They have always been first class providing pupils with an excellent level of education. It seems that the fault here lies soley with the headteacher...what has gone wrong? How can a school go from good to special measures in such a short time! The fact is, it's definitely not the teachers as they are amazing. I am shocked and surprised at what has happened. Lets all support these fantastic teachers and help them Move forward from here!
I am extremely saddened by this news. As an ex pupil of pleckgate, I know first hand that the teachers are fantastic and they always go that extra mile, always putting their pupils first. They have always been first class providing pupils with an excellent level of education. It seems that the fault here lies soley with the headteacher...what has gone wrong? How can a school go from good to special measures in such a short time! The fact is, it's definitely not the teachers as they are amazing. I am shocked and surprised at what has happened. Lets all support these fantastic teachers and help them Move forward from here! kmathews
  • Score: 39

8:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

CTArmy says...

As a former head boy and now teacher, inspired by the teaching that went on here this is a wretch! Seems a failure of management and/or proof that ofsted is a dud!

Also as someone who has worked on the academy system I hope to god they don't become one
As a former head boy and now teacher, inspired by the teaching that went on here this is a wretch! Seems a failure of management and/or proof that ofsted is a dud! Also as someone who has worked on the academy system I hope to god they don't become one CTArmy
  • Score: 20

8:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

The key point here that nobody has said so far is that cherry ridgway is enforcing a culture of bullying and back stabbing and has been allowed to both by Blackburn council and also by the unions. Has anyone checked the sickness and retention record there over the last 18 months? Scores of staff are off with stress or being bullied out of heir jobs despite unblemished records as good, effective teachers. It should be a no brainer - if a school gets a 3 for teaching and 4 for leadership it is pretty evident that the head needs to be sacked promptly and is usually the case. Financial mismanagement, bullying, not to mention scores of tribunals have had to be settled by this woman for constructive dismissal and the like - she ruins lives - a malignant narcissist who must be shown the door before she pushes someone over the edge and ruins what was a solidly good school with very committed staff, parents and governors. A crying shame and it needs to be stopped.
The key point here that nobody has said so far is that cherry ridgway is enforcing a culture of bullying and back stabbing and has been allowed to both by Blackburn council and also by the unions. Has anyone checked the sickness and retention record there over the last 18 months? Scores of staff are off with stress or being bullied out of heir jobs despite unblemished records as good, effective teachers. It should be a no brainer - if a school gets a 3 for teaching and 4 for leadership it is pretty evident that the head needs to be sacked promptly and is usually the case. Financial mismanagement, bullying, not to mention scores of tribunals have had to be settled by this woman for constructive dismissal and the like - she ruins lives - a malignant narcissist who must be shown the door before she pushes someone over the edge and ruins what was a solidly good school with very committed staff, parents and governors. A crying shame and it needs to be stopped. Renny78
  • Score: 56

8:35pm Fri 7 Feb 14

DGower says...

All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.
All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever. DGower
  • Score: -56

8:41pm Fri 7 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

It's interesting that the school was fully "on track" (and had been since 1968) until September 2012, after which the decline began. I wonder why that is?

Other than that, don't feed the Collegiate import/troll.
It's interesting that the school was fully "on track" (and had been since 1968) until September 2012, after which the decline began. I wonder why that is? Other than that, don't feed the Collegiate import/troll. PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 27

10:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Ex Pleckgate teacher says...

I too am saddened to read the comments from OFSTED. I was a teacher at Pleckgate for 20 years and cannot believe I am reading about the same school. How on earth can one person rip the heart out of a school in such a short time !? If a school has gone from Good with many outstanding features to Special Measures, in less than 3 years, the blame must surely lie with the Head. My thoughts are with the amazing, caring Staff and Governors who have always had the best interests of the pupils at heart , and who must be devastated to find their school in this situation.
I too am saddened to read the comments from OFSTED. I was a teacher at Pleckgate for 20 years and cannot believe I am reading about the same school. How on earth can one person rip the heart out of a school in such a short time !? If a school has gone from Good with many outstanding features to Special Measures, in less than 3 years, the blame must surely lie with the Head. My thoughts are with the amazing, caring Staff and Governors who have always had the best interests of the pupils at heart , and who must be devastated to find their school in this situation. Ex Pleckgate teacher
  • Score: 31

10:29pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Well said - couldn't have put it better myself! Maybe this is what Gove intends to happen to schools around the country to precede them becoming sponsored by McDonald's and coca cola? There is a human cost to consider here when you think of hundreds of stuff adversely affected by this 'corrosive' atmosphere (ofsted 2014) - in the summer 120 staff at this school signed a petition to state they had serious concerns about cherry ridgways leadership of the school and stated they had 'no confidence' in her capacity as head and he local authority conducted an investigation after whistle blowing by teachers at their wits end looking into financial irregularities and bullying on a huge scale - this is not just a head making her staff work hard - this is a megalomaniac out of control. The kids at the school know it and the stuff sure as hell do as they vomit in the car park in the carpark dreading another day fearful of what she might do next - read between the lines of what the ofsted report says please and do something before it's too late.
Well said - couldn't have put it better myself! Maybe this is what Gove intends to happen to schools around the country to precede them becoming sponsored by McDonald's and coca cola? There is a human cost to consider here when you think of hundreds of stuff adversely affected by this 'corrosive' atmosphere (ofsted 2014) - in the summer 120 staff at this school signed a petition to state they had serious concerns about cherry ridgways leadership of the school and stated they had 'no confidence' in her capacity as head and he local authority conducted an investigation after whistle blowing by teachers at their wits end looking into financial irregularities and bullying on a huge scale - this is not just a head making her staff work hard - this is a megalomaniac out of control. The kids at the school know it and the stuff sure as hell do as they vomit in the car park in the carpark dreading another day fearful of what she might do next - read between the lines of what the ofsted report says please and do something before it's too late. Renny78
  • Score: 21

11:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Truepleckgater says...

Journalists please,please investigate the goings on at Pleckgate over the past 18 months. It is unbelievable and needs to be brought out into the open. Governors, staff and pupils are all suffering and crying out for someone to listen and help them.
Journalists please,please investigate the goings on at Pleckgate over the past 18 months. It is unbelievable and needs to be brought out into the open. Governors, staff and pupils are all suffering and crying out for someone to listen and help them. Truepleckgater
  • Score: 27

12:28am Sat 8 Feb 14

sid_pleckgater says...

DGower wrote:
All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.
Get real and read the THREE previous Ofsted reports including leadership comments. These were GOOD staff who have been victimised because they disagree with the way in which changes are being brought about and made their views known. No-one disputes that Pleckgate should always be looking to improve and move with the times but a good leader takes their staff with them and does not generate a culture of misery, stress and distrust. How on earth could a school expect to improve in such a working environment.
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.[/p][/quote]Get real and read the THREE previous Ofsted reports including leadership comments. These were GOOD staff who have been victimised because they disagree with the way in which changes are being brought about and made their views known. No-one disputes that Pleckgate should always be looking to improve and move with the times but a good leader takes their staff with them and does not generate a culture of misery, stress and distrust. How on earth could a school expect to improve in such a working environment. sid_pleckgater
  • Score: 27

1:47am Sat 8 Feb 14

salvadore says...

DGower wrote:
All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.
I really don't know which planet you're on, the school was good and improving 2years ago when the old head retired. Ever since the new head started she has seen the school go down hill. She has failed to get the governing body on board, she has failed to get the teachers on board to share her vision. I think she needs to look assess her management strategy before she carries on. It's all fine and dandy to have strategies on pieces of paper but if the governing body and the teachers doesn't buy it then it's like peeing against the wind. My lad goes to that school and he is in his last year. He has said to me openly that the school has gone downhill in the past two years with good teachers leaving because they're fed up with management. As a worried parent, we need to get this sorted out quickly for the kids sake.
If the governors are not listened to and are being undermined by the head then why would any parent want to be part of the governing body. She should just put dummies in place of parent governors and they won't challenge anything age says.
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I really don't know which planet you're on, the school was good and improving 2years ago when the old head retired. Ever since the new head started she has seen the school go down hill. She has failed to get the governing body on board, she has failed to get the teachers on board to share her vision. I think she needs to look assess her management strategy before she carries on. It's all fine and dandy to have strategies on pieces of paper but if the governing body and the teachers doesn't buy it then it's like peeing against the wind. My lad goes to that school and he is in his last year. He has said to me openly that the school has gone downhill in the past two years with good teachers leaving because they're fed up with management. As a worried parent, we need to get this sorted out quickly for the kids sake. If the governors are not listened to and are being undermined by the head then why would any parent want to be part of the governing body. She should just put dummies in place of parent governors and they won't challenge anything age says. salvadore
  • Score: 25

7:10am Sat 8 Feb 14

Sue Lee says...

This appears to have got completely out of hand and the 1000+ reasons for common sense to prevail seem overlooked-the pupils.
This school has well served thousands of youngsters over several decades. How has it gone so wrong so quick? How has it been allowed to?
Effective leadership takes people with them. If this lady has a new vision for the school, why isn't her style etc so compelling that she's taken all with her?
This sad saga is common talk in local public places where the community gather.
Where are the governors, the Council, the MP?
Someone needs to get a grip, suspend the current leadership and strive to work in the best interests of the pupils!
This appears to have got completely out of hand and the 1000+ reasons for common sense to prevail seem overlooked-the pupils. This school has well served thousands of youngsters over several decades. How has it gone so wrong so quick? How has it been allowed to? Effective leadership takes people with them. If this lady has a new vision for the school, why isn't her style etc so compelling that she's taken all with her? This sad saga is common talk in local public places where the community gather. Where are the governors, the Council, the MP? Someone needs to get a grip, suspend the current leadership and strive to work in the best interests of the pupils! Sue Lee
  • Score: 22

7:58am Sat 8 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

FACT: The council know EXACTLY what is going on.

One of the BwD Council members who has strived to brush this state of affairs under the rug also used to work for Blackpool Council.

Interesting.
FACT: The council know EXACTLY what is going on. One of the BwD Council members who has strived to brush this state of affairs under the rug also used to work for Blackpool Council. Interesting. PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 26

8:23am Sat 8 Feb 14

voice of reason10 says...

I completely agree that we should concentrate on the pupils - Ms Ridgway came into post stating that she was all about improving the school for the pupils and that they mattered more than anything - a laudable approach. However, where are standards now - gone down? Where is the morale of pupils - gone down, where are the educational chances for the current pupils - gone down. She has failed the pupils of Pleckgate. She was hounded out of Lytham St Annes school, hounded out of Collegiate High School and should be hounded out of Pleckgate before she destroys the educational chances of yet more pupils. This is a living crisis for the pupils and staff and the LA seems powerless to do anything.
I completely agree that we should concentrate on the pupils - Ms Ridgway came into post stating that she was all about improving the school for the pupils and that they mattered more than anything - a laudable approach. However, where are standards now - gone down? Where is the morale of pupils - gone down, where are the educational chances for the current pupils - gone down. She has failed the pupils of Pleckgate. She was hounded out of Lytham St Annes school, hounded out of Collegiate High School and should be hounded out of Pleckgate before she destroys the educational chances of yet more pupils. This is a living crisis for the pupils and staff and the LA seems powerless to do anything. voice of reason10
  • Score: 29

8:31am Sat 8 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

The Local Authority have plenty of power to deal with this matter, but they would have to admit that they made a huge error in allowing Ms Ridgway to be apppointed - and that would be costly.

Literally.
The Local Authority have plenty of power to deal with this matter, but they would have to admit that they made a huge error in allowing Ms Ridgway to be apppointed - and that would be costly. Literally. PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 21

10:07am Sat 8 Feb 14

Whyisit? says...

Sorry folks, but the pupils, staff AND even Ms Ridgeway will be seen as collateral damage when the game plan is completed and yet another school falls into the academy line. Does the end justify the means? Clearly, somebody, somewhere thinks so!
Sorry folks, but the pupils, staff AND even Ms Ridgeway will be seen as collateral damage when the game plan is completed and yet another school falls into the academy line. Does the end justify the means? Clearly, somebody, somewhere thinks so! Whyisit?
  • Score: 6

10:24am Sat 8 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Right, if so many of the good people of Blackburn are not happy with the current situation at this school lets's do something about it. From reading some of the comments above it's obvious the the LEA have had the opportunity to fix this and have turned a blind eye this. Anyone know how to set up an online petition? Let's get Jack Straw involved!
Right, if so many of the good people of Blackburn are not happy with the current situation at this school lets's do something about it. From reading some of the comments above it's obvious the the LEA have had the opportunity to fix this and have turned a blind eye this. Anyone know how to set up an online petition? Let's get Jack Straw involved! Renny78
  • Score: 28

10:39am Sat 8 Feb 14

Truepleckgater says...

I agree, we need to get our MP involved.
I agree, we need to get our MP involved. Truepleckgater
  • Score: 16

11:51am Sat 8 Feb 14

Sue Lee says...

http://www.blackpool
gazette.co.uk/news/l
ocal/teachers-set-to
-strike-over-work-an
d-bosses-1-3585879

2 years here, 2 years there?
http://www.blackpool gazette.co.uk/news/l ocal/teachers-set-to -strike-over-work-an d-bosses-1-3585879 2 years here, 2 years there? Sue Lee
  • Score: 9

12:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

peash00ter says...

What a shame that this has been allowed to get to this point without anything being done to stop the rot. From what I understand morale of the staff is at an all time low. They have been trying to make known what is going on for months. I believe there was a vote of no-confidenceno-conf
idence in the head signed some time ago by over 100 staff members which was essentially ignored. I think the petition to Jack Straw should be the way forward.
What a shame that this has been allowed to get to this point without anything being done to stop the rot. From what I understand morale of the staff is at an all time low. They have been trying to make known what is going on for months. I believe there was a vote of no-confidenceno-conf idence in the head signed some time ago by over 100 staff members which was essentially ignored. I think the petition to Jack Straw should be the way forward. peash00ter
  • Score: 14

1:54pm Sat 8 Feb 14

DGower says...

Attainment : % of pupils achieving 5 GCSEs (A* - C) including English & Maths . Remember that this is a government measure.

2010 : 47%
2011 : 57%
2012 : 52%
2013 : 50%

Anyone who understands the way attainment in this country is measured will know that these figures are dreadful. These figures precede the current Headteacher in some cases to the old regime. She has come in and seen the debacle and has decided to sort things out.

Even Beardwood School in its last year with no staff, staff facing redundancies,supply teachers and stand ins got better than Pleckgate.

Wake up everyone, this school was on a downward spiral BEFORE she came along. Once again I reiterate, I have no allegiance to Pkeckgate or the head - just someone that knows how education in England works.
Attainment : % of pupils achieving 5 GCSEs (A* - C) including English & Maths . Remember that this is a government measure. 2010 : 47% 2011 : 57% 2012 : 52% 2013 : 50% Anyone who understands the way attainment in this country is measured will know that these figures are dreadful. These figures precede the current Headteacher in some cases to the old regime. She has come in and seen the debacle and has decided to sort things out. Even Beardwood School in its last year with no staff, staff facing redundancies,supply teachers and stand ins got better than Pleckgate. Wake up everyone, this school was on a downward spiral BEFORE she came along. Once again I reiterate, I have no allegiance to Pkeckgate or the head - just someone that knows how education in England works. DGower
  • Score: -22

2:22pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

D Gower-you have NO understanding of the Exam system if you quote raw figures like this. Do you not appreciate that only 'value-added' figures which measure attainment at GCSE based on attainment at entry are of real value? Let me put it simply for you- if you have an intake of 240 pupils all attaining level 5+ at 11, you would predict 100% getting 5+ GCSEs. So if any of the Grammar schools in the country don't get 100%, you may say that they are failing. Pleckgate has always had an intake with below average attainment, but their value-added data for many years has shown achievement above what you would expect. I had to work with these figures for the successful Specialist School bid some years ago.Please anyone who knows about this don't say I've over-simplified it; I have, in order to point out to this person that they don't know what they are talking about.
D Gower-you have NO understanding of the Exam system if you quote raw figures like this. Do you not appreciate that only 'value-added' figures which measure attainment at GCSE based on attainment at entry are of real value? Let me put it simply for you- if you have an intake of 240 pupils all attaining level 5+ at 11, you would predict 100% getting 5+ GCSEs. So if any of the Grammar schools in the country don't get 100%, you may say that they are failing. Pleckgate has always had an intake with below average attainment, but their value-added data for many years has shown achievement above what you would expect. I had to work with these figures for the successful Specialist School bid some years ago.Please anyone who knows about this don't say I've over-simplified it; I have, in order to point out to this person that they don't know what they are talking about. Retired Teacher
  • Score: 13

2:28pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

For Renny78-to set up an online petition, you might consider www.change.org where anyone can set up their own petition-just a suggestion.
For Renny78-to set up an online petition, you might consider www.change.org where anyone can set up their own petition-just a suggestion. Retired Teacher
  • Score: 9

3:30pm Sat 8 Feb 14

salvadore says...

DGower wrote:
Attainment : % of pupils achieving 5 GCSEs (A* - C) including English & Maths . Remember that this is a government measure.

2010 : 47%
2011 : 57%
2012 : 52%
2013 : 50%

Anyone who understands the way attainment in this country is measured will know that these figures are dreadful. These figures precede the current Headteacher in some cases to the old regime. She has come in and seen the debacle and has decided to sort things out.

Even Beardwood School in its last year with no staff, staff facing redundancies,supply teachers and stand ins got better than Pleckgate.

Wake up everyone, this school was on a downward spiral BEFORE she came along. Once again I reiterate, I have no allegiance to Pkeckgate or the head - just someone that knows how education in England works.
Again you show your lack of understanding of education, firstly as retired teacher commented raw figures don't tell u everything. Value added score is key, this shows progress made by individuals from their starting points. Eg a child in year 7 starts on a level 3c for maths, English and science or even lower. For them to attain 2 or 3 gcse a-c is a big thing. That journey the school helped them with is what counts.
As for the raw scores, they may not be the best in the town but they wernt the worst either. The new heads ideas will not have an impact until 3 yrs after she has started. I reiterate the head needs to sell her vision to all stakeholders but with the proviso that the vision created through consultation of all stakeholders. She is new to the tone and area it's no point coming in with sweeping changes without having an understanding of what is already going on.
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: Attainment : % of pupils achieving 5 GCSEs (A* - C) including English & Maths . Remember that this is a government measure. 2010 : 47% 2011 : 57% 2012 : 52% 2013 : 50% Anyone who understands the way attainment in this country is measured will know that these figures are dreadful. These figures precede the current Headteacher in some cases to the old regime. She has come in and seen the debacle and has decided to sort things out. Even Beardwood School in its last year with no staff, staff facing redundancies,supply teachers and stand ins got better than Pleckgate. Wake up everyone, this school was on a downward spiral BEFORE she came along. Once again I reiterate, I have no allegiance to Pkeckgate or the head - just someone that knows how education in England works.[/p][/quote]Again you show your lack of understanding of education, firstly as retired teacher commented raw figures don't tell u everything. Value added score is key, this shows progress made by individuals from their starting points. Eg a child in year 7 starts on a level 3c for maths, English and science or even lower. For them to attain 2 or 3 gcse a-c is a big thing. That journey the school helped them with is what counts. As for the raw scores, they may not be the best in the town but they wernt the worst either. The new heads ideas will not have an impact until 3 yrs after she has started. I reiterate the head needs to sell her vision to all stakeholders but with the proviso that the vision created through consultation of all stakeholders. She is new to the tone and area it's no point coming in with sweeping changes without having an understanding of what is already going on. salvadore
  • Score: 0

3:34pm Sat 8 Feb 14

EDUCATION ONE says...

salvadore wrote:
DGower wrote:
All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.
I really don't know which planet you're on, the school was good and improving 2years ago when the old head retired. Ever since the new head started she has seen the school go down hill. She has failed to get the governing body on board, she has failed to get the teachers on board to share her vision. I think she needs to look assess her management strategy before she carries on. It's all fine and dandy to have strategies on pieces of paper but if the governing body and the teachers doesn't buy it then it's like peeing against the wind. My lad goes to that school and he is in his last year. He has said to me openly that the school has gone downhill in the past two years with good teachers leaving because they're fed up with management. As a worried parent, we need to get this sorted out quickly for the kids sake.
If the governors are not listened to and are being undermined by the head then why would any parent want to be part of the governing body. She should just put dummies in place of parent governors and they won't challenge anything age says.
Salvadore, Salvadore,
His dad washes elephants, his mums a ?
[quote][p][bold]salvadore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I really don't know which planet you're on, the school was good and improving 2years ago when the old head retired. Ever since the new head started she has seen the school go down hill. She has failed to get the governing body on board, she has failed to get the teachers on board to share her vision. I think she needs to look assess her management strategy before she carries on. It's all fine and dandy to have strategies on pieces of paper but if the governing body and the teachers doesn't buy it then it's like peeing against the wind. My lad goes to that school and he is in his last year. He has said to me openly that the school has gone downhill in the past two years with good teachers leaving because they're fed up with management. As a worried parent, we need to get this sorted out quickly for the kids sake. If the governors are not listened to and are being undermined by the head then why would any parent want to be part of the governing body. She should just put dummies in place of parent governors and they won't challenge anything age says.[/p][/quote]Salvadore, Salvadore, His dad washes elephants, his mums a ? EDUCATION ONE
  • Score: 6

3:58pm Sat 8 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

Ex Pleckgate teacher wrote:
I too am saddened to read the comments from OFSTED. I was a teacher at Pleckgate for 20 years and cannot believe I am reading about the same school. How on earth can one person rip the heart out of a school in such a short time !? If a school has gone from Good with many outstanding features to Special Measures, in less than 3 years, the blame must surely lie with the Head. My thoughts are with the amazing, caring Staff and Governors who have always had the best interests of the pupils at heart , and who must be devastated to find their school in this situation.
Lets just get one thing clear pleckgate is under special measures due to lack of leadership and not because of teaching aids that are reknowned to incentivise kids work a little harder....i will say what others arent it is a fact that cherry ridgeway is over seeing the destruction of a progressive school that was deemed excellent prior to the appointment of a dictator....when i attended the school it was a place of learning not just algebra but about life too....its a real shame that a headteacher from within was not appointed cough cough my old year head peter briggs..tough man tough principles...in my opinion school heads should be nurtured from within and not hired from other failing schools from blackpool, and given refuge to destroy a school i know that has great teaching traditions that transcended anything that Ofsted could ever think up! I can say this because i along with many others are products of that kind of teaching...this is a result of a school not having a clear succession strategy and possible over tinkering lets hope i get some "good news" soon.....and to all the teachers at pleckgate keep up the good work believe in your pupils they will make it....i know i did.....step up stay strong never give in!
[quote][p][bold]Ex Pleckgate teacher[/bold] wrote: I too am saddened to read the comments from OFSTED. I was a teacher at Pleckgate for 20 years and cannot believe I am reading about the same school. How on earth can one person rip the heart out of a school in such a short time !? If a school has gone from Good with many outstanding features to Special Measures, in less than 3 years, the blame must surely lie with the Head. My thoughts are with the amazing, caring Staff and Governors who have always had the best interests of the pupils at heart , and who must be devastated to find their school in this situation.[/p][/quote]Lets just get one thing clear pleckgate is under special measures due to lack of leadership and not because of teaching aids that are reknowned to incentivise kids work a little harder....i will say what others arent it is a fact that cherry ridgeway is over seeing the destruction of a progressive school that was deemed excellent prior to the appointment of a dictator....when i attended the school it was a place of learning not just algebra but about life too....its a real shame that a headteacher from within was not appointed cough cough my old year head peter briggs..tough man tough principles...in my opinion school heads should be nurtured from within and not hired from other failing schools from blackpool, and given refuge to destroy a school i know that has great teaching traditions that transcended anything that Ofsted could ever think up! I can say this because i along with many others are products of that kind of teaching...this is a result of a school not having a clear succession strategy and possible over tinkering lets hope i get some "good news" soon.....and to all the teachers at pleckgate keep up the good work believe in your pupils they will make it....i know i did.....step up stay strong never give in! BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 19

4:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

blackburn_citizen wrote:
Well it is sad to see any school in this predicament but Pleckgate especially, the school has been serving the local community well for generations, many of us have great memories of our experiences there. Lets hope this is a blip and the issues resolved sooner rather than later.

Can i take this opportunity to highlight the success of the Tauheedul Islam schools who have consecutively been awarded the 'Outstanding' mark and surpass their achievements year on year.
You can highlight it but this is not a one size fits all learning strategy diversity in learning environments are key to providing an overall education offering....besides im not sure tauheedul have the full support of the all the communities of all creeds.....pleckgate needs to go back simply appoint an experienced stalwart from within simples!
[quote][p][bold]blackburn_citizen[/bold] wrote: Well it is sad to see any school in this predicament but Pleckgate especially, the school has been serving the local community well for generations, many of us have great memories of our experiences there. Lets hope this is a blip and the issues resolved sooner rather than later. Can i take this opportunity to highlight the success of the Tauheedul Islam schools who have consecutively been awarded the 'Outstanding' mark and surpass their achievements year on year.[/p][/quote]You can highlight it but this is not a one size fits all learning strategy diversity in learning environments are key to providing an overall education offering....besides im not sure tauheedul have the full support of the all the communities of all creeds.....pleckgate needs to go back simply appoint an experienced stalwart from within simples! BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 9

4:51pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

To DGower,

That's twice you've say "I have no allegiance to the school or Headteacher"
No-one here has said you had?
Me thinks the lady doth protest too strongly!!!
That's not you Cherry is it?
To DGower, That's twice you've say "I have no allegiance to the school or Headteacher" No-one here has said you had? Me thinks the lady doth protest too strongly!!! That's not you Cherry is it? Renny78
  • Score: 6

5:51pm Sat 8 Feb 14

DGower says...

Unless Cherry is a balding, slightly portly fellow in his 50s, I can guarantee that am I not said Cherry Ridgeway.

Just wanted to let contributors know in case they felt I had some involvement in the Pleckgate saga.
Unless Cherry is a balding, slightly portly fellow in his 50s, I can guarantee that am I not said Cherry Ridgeway. Just wanted to let contributors know in case they felt I had some involvement in the Pleckgate saga. DGower
  • Score: -6

5:51pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Pleckgate website reports there is to be a meeting on Thursday at 5.30 to discuss the Ofsted report and implications. Concerned parents this our chance to ask Cherry what is going on in OUR school, it's our kids future that she is ruining. Keep up the pressure-stop the rot!
Pleckgate website reports there is to be a meeting on Thursday at 5.30 to discuss the Ofsted report and implications. Concerned parents this our chance to ask Cherry what is going on in OUR school, it's our kids future that she is ruining. Keep up the pressure-stop the rot! Renny78
  • Score: 17

6:02pm Sat 8 Feb 14

DGower says...

Ah, the old VA argument!!! Children pigeon holed very easily. "They came in from Primary School low so it's ok that they leave low!"

Just had a quick look at the % of pupils making expected levels of progress in English and Maths (3 levels of orogress) relative to their starting point and it ain't great I have to say - particularly in English.
Ah, the old VA argument!!! Children pigeon holed very easily. "They came in from Primary School low so it's ok that they leave low!" Just had a quick look at the % of pupils making expected levels of progress in English and Maths (3 levels of orogress) relative to their starting point and it ain't great I have to say - particularly in English. DGower
  • Score: -8

6:06pm Sat 8 Feb 14

DGower says...

Couldn't resist but have a quick look at the Islamic Girls school nearby. The number of students making expected levels of progress relative to their starting point in English and Maths is awesome. Just shows that it is possible, even with those with low prior attainment.
Couldn't resist but have a quick look at the Islamic Girls school nearby. The number of students making expected levels of progress relative to their starting point in English and Maths is awesome. Just shows that it is possible, even with those with low prior attainment. DGower
  • Score: -15

6:30pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

DGower wrote:
Couldn't resist but have a quick look at the Islamic Girls school nearby. The number of students making expected levels of progress relative to their starting point in English and Maths is awesome. Just shows that it is possible, even with those with low prior attainment.
Again, you are seriously on the wind-up? School on Sat morning, limited number of subjects taught and very small classes do not compare like for like with Pleckgate. Also a rigid discipline structure in place, like Pleckgate used to have- until about 15 months ago. Round about when the new HT arrived.

DGower, you might not be Cherry but your use of selective data would get you job at Pleckgate no doubt!
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: Couldn't resist but have a quick look at the Islamic Girls school nearby. The number of students making expected levels of progress relative to their starting point in English and Maths is awesome. Just shows that it is possible, even with those with low prior attainment.[/p][/quote]Again, you are seriously on the wind-up? School on Sat morning, limited number of subjects taught and very small classes do not compare like for like with Pleckgate. Also a rigid discipline structure in place, like Pleckgate used to have- until about 15 months ago. Round about when the new HT arrived. DGower, you might not be Cherry but your use of selective data would get you job at Pleckgate no doubt! Renny78
  • Score: 15

6:44pm Sat 8 Feb 14

DGower says...

Ok then Renny, I have just had another look at data for like for like schools to Pleckgate and it's attainment compared to similar schools was placed in the 3rd quintile for performance. Surely, if the school was so great as contributors are suggesting on this forum, it's performance against similar schools to itself would be a lot better than being in the 3rd quintile.

Anyway, I'm not going to convince people (especially those with an emotional attachment to the school) that it is at best, a coasting school.

Enjoy your evening.
Ok then Renny, I have just had another look at data for like for like schools to Pleckgate and it's attainment compared to similar schools was placed in the 3rd quintile for performance. Surely, if the school was so great as contributors are suggesting on this forum, it's performance against similar schools to itself would be a lot better than being in the 3rd quintile. Anyway, I'm not going to convince people (especially those with an emotional attachment to the school) that it is at best, a coasting school. Enjoy your evening. DGower
  • Score: -15

7:04pm Sat 8 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

DGower wrote:
Ok then Renny, I have just had another look at data for like for like schools to Pleckgate and it's attainment compared to similar schools was placed in the 3rd quintile for performance. Surely, if the school was so great as contributors are suggesting on this forum, it's performance against similar schools to itself would be a lot better than being in the 3rd quintile.

Anyway, I'm not going to convince people (especially those with an emotional attachment to the school) that it is at best, a coasting school.

Enjoy your evening.
You can present your case however you want fact still remains that cherry is the problem not the solution....why don't you remind her this eve ;)
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: Ok then Renny, I have just had another look at data for like for like schools to Pleckgate and it's attainment compared to similar schools was placed in the 3rd quintile for performance. Surely, if the school was so great as contributors are suggesting on this forum, it's performance against similar schools to itself would be a lot better than being in the 3rd quintile. Anyway, I'm not going to convince people (especially those with an emotional attachment to the school) that it is at best, a coasting school. Enjoy your evening.[/p][/quote]You can present your case however you want fact still remains that cherry is the problem not the solution....why don't you remind her this eve ;) BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 11

7:27pm Sat 8 Feb 14

KerryDunk says...

As an ex pleckgate pupil, i have to make a point of saying this school was excellent when i was there, all the staff were friendly and approachable, im still in contact with a few of my teachers and hope to keep that contact there for many years to come! They made learning fun, not a chore! I have alot of respect for the school and staff that was there in the 5 years i was! The teachers all got along great! Another point id like to make is.... Does nobody realise the school has gone downhill since the new head started working there? Shes the one thats obviously destroying the staff moral, happy staff = happy pupils! Never been a problem in the past with any of this, but from reading the comments on here... Shes making the staff unhappy whilst running the school down to the ground! First changes the school need to make is get rid of the trash and get somebody who knows what their doing to help the school succeed!!
As an ex pleckgate pupil, i have to make a point of saying this school was excellent when i was there, all the staff were friendly and approachable, im still in contact with a few of my teachers and hope to keep that contact there for many years to come! They made learning fun, not a chore! I have alot of respect for the school and staff that was there in the 5 years i was! The teachers all got along great! Another point id like to make is.... Does nobody realise the school has gone downhill since the new head started working there? Shes the one thats obviously destroying the staff moral, happy staff = happy pupils! Never been a problem in the past with any of this, but from reading the comments on here... Shes making the staff unhappy whilst running the school down to the ground! First changes the school need to make is get rid of the trash and get somebody who knows what their doing to help the school succeed!! KerryDunk
  • Score: 24

8:16pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

D Gower, you are really making me angry. If you must quote data please quote your sources and be specific. Which years are you talking about? The third quintile (of 5) is of course in the middle (40 to 60%) and is this attainment in Maths, English, Science or all subjects taken and is it GCSE? Is it all GCSE grades or just C and above? Just before I retired we were still doing Data Handling Coursework in GCSE Maths. You would have failed!! Your English is none too good either. There should be no apostrophe in 'it's attainment'. 'It's' means 'it is'. (Once a teacher, always a teacher!)
By the way, value-added is a respected general measure (used by Ofsted) and is not meant to imply that every child who achieves a low grade at Key Stage 2 will automatically get a low grade at GCSE.
D Gower, you are really making me angry. If you must quote data please quote your sources and be specific. Which years are you talking about? The third quintile (of 5) is of course in the middle (40 to 60%) and is this attainment in Maths, English, Science or all subjects taken and is it GCSE? Is it all GCSE grades or just C and above? Just before I retired we were still doing Data Handling Coursework in GCSE Maths. You would have failed!! Your English is none too good either. There should be no apostrophe in 'it's attainment'. 'It's' means 'it is'. (Once a teacher, always a teacher!) By the way, value-added is a respected general measure (used by Ofsted) and is not meant to imply that every child who achieves a low grade at Key Stage 2 will automatically get a low grade at GCSE. Retired Teacher
  • Score: 13

8:16pm Sat 8 Feb 14

salvadore says...

EDUCATION ONE wrote:
salvadore wrote:
DGower wrote:
All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.
I really don't know which planet you're on, the school was good and improving 2years ago when the old head retired. Ever since the new head started she has seen the school go down hill. She has failed to get the governing body on board, she has failed to get the teachers on board to share her vision. I think she needs to look assess her management strategy before she carries on. It's all fine and dandy to have strategies on pieces of paper but if the governing body and the teachers doesn't buy it then it's like peeing against the wind. My lad goes to that school and he is in his last year. He has said to me openly that the school has gone downhill in the past two years with good teachers leaving because they're fed up with management. As a worried parent, we need to get this sorted out quickly for the kids sake.
If the governors are not listened to and are being undermined by the head then why would any parent want to be part of the governing body. She should just put dummies in place of parent governors and they won't challenge anything age says.
Salvadore, Salvadore,
His dad washes elephants, his mums a ?
I hope that wernt pointed at me,
[quote][p][bold]EDUCATION ONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]salvadore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I really don't know which planet you're on, the school was good and improving 2years ago when the old head retired. Ever since the new head started she has seen the school go down hill. She has failed to get the governing body on board, she has failed to get the teachers on board to share her vision. I think she needs to look assess her management strategy before she carries on. It's all fine and dandy to have strategies on pieces of paper but if the governing body and the teachers doesn't buy it then it's like peeing against the wind. My lad goes to that school and he is in his last year. He has said to me openly that the school has gone downhill in the past two years with good teachers leaving because they're fed up with management. As a worried parent, we need to get this sorted out quickly for the kids sake. If the governors are not listened to and are being undermined by the head then why would any parent want to be part of the governing body. She should just put dummies in place of parent governors and they won't challenge anything age says.[/p][/quote]Salvadore, Salvadore, His dad washes elephants, his mums a ?[/p][/quote]I hope that wernt pointed at me, salvadore
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Sat 8 Feb 14

benniog says...

There is clearly a leadership problem here. In any other sector a leader of an organisation performing this poorly would have been given the boot! Surely the head needs to go!!
There is clearly a leadership problem here. In any other sector a leader of an organisation performing this poorly would have been given the boot! Surely the head needs to go!! benniog
  • Score: 18

9:23pm Sat 8 Feb 14

salvadore says...

EDUCATION ONE wrote:
salvadore wrote:
DGower wrote:
All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.
I really don't know which planet you're on, the school was good and improving 2years ago when the old head retired. Ever since the new head started she has seen the school go down hill. She has failed to get the governing body on board, she has failed to get the teachers on board to share her vision. I think she needs to look assess her management strategy before she carries on. It's all fine and dandy to have strategies on pieces of paper but if the governing body and the teachers doesn't buy it then it's like peeing against the wind. My lad goes to that school and he is in his last year. He has said to me openly that the school has gone downhill in the past two years with good teachers leaving because they're fed up with management. As a worried parent, we need to get this sorted out quickly for the kids sake.
If the governors are not listened to and are being undermined by the head then why would any parent want to be part of the governing body. She should just put dummies in place of parent governors and they won't challenge anything age says.
Salvadore, Salvadore,
His dad washes elephants, his mums a ?
Education the shot face one- try getting an education , you're so full of **** your eyes are brown.
[quote][p][bold]EDUCATION ONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]salvadore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: All she is doing is trying to pull the school back on track. Sometimes ruthlessness is needed - especially when teachers have got into a cushy bubble without any challenge from leadership. In a nutshell, the previous head let things go to such an extent. This head is simply getting the teachers to do the job they should always have been doing. She's kicking lazy backsides and people don't like it. Therefore, what do they do? They gang up on her. It's typical workplace politics. Anyone with a rational mind can see it. By the way, I have no allegiance to the head or the school whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I really don't know which planet you're on, the school was good and improving 2years ago when the old head retired. Ever since the new head started she has seen the school go down hill. She has failed to get the governing body on board, she has failed to get the teachers on board to share her vision. I think she needs to look assess her management strategy before she carries on. It's all fine and dandy to have strategies on pieces of paper but if the governing body and the teachers doesn't buy it then it's like peeing against the wind. My lad goes to that school and he is in his last year. He has said to me openly that the school has gone downhill in the past two years with good teachers leaving because they're fed up with management. As a worried parent, we need to get this sorted out quickly for the kids sake. If the governors are not listened to and are being undermined by the head then why would any parent want to be part of the governing body. She should just put dummies in place of parent governors and they won't challenge anything age says.[/p][/quote]Salvadore, Salvadore, His dad washes elephants, his mums a ?[/p][/quote]Education the shot face one- try getting an education , you're so full of **** your eyes are brown. salvadore
  • Score: -3

10:22pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

If you care about the future of pleckgate, either as a pupil, member of staff or conscientious citizen please sign this petition to make a stand against what is clearly wrong and we can present it to jack straw

https://www.change.o
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ack-straw-investigat
ion-into-leadership-
of-cherry-ridgway-at
-pleckgate-high-scho
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If you care about the future of pleckgate, either as a pupil, member of staff or conscientious citizen please sign this petition to make a stand against what is clearly wrong and we can present it to jack straw https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/j ack-straw-investigat ion-into-leadership- of-cherry-ridgway-at -pleckgate-high-scho ol# Renny78
  • Score: 12

10:26pm Sat 8 Feb 14

benniog says...

https://www.change.o
rg/en-GB/petitions/j
ack-straw-investigat
ion-into-leadership-
of-cherry-ridgway-at
-pleckgate-high-scho
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https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/j ack-straw-investigat ion-into-leadership- of-cherry-ridgway-at -pleckgate-high-scho ol# benniog
  • Score: 11

10:37pm Sat 8 Feb 14

sid_pleckgater says...

Renny78 wrote:
If you care about the future of pleckgate, either as a pupil, member of staff or conscientious citizen please sign this petition to make a stand against what is clearly wrong and we can present it to jack straw

https://www.change.o

rg/en-GB/petitions/j

ack-straw-investigat

ion-into-leadership-

of-cherry-ridgway-at

-pleckgate-high-scho

ol#
Well done, let us ensure a concerted effort is put in to encourage as many signatures as possible. The rot continues day by day, even as we communicate staff are being victimised and working lives destroyed for no other reason than they dared to challenge in the interests of the children!
[quote][p][bold]Renny78[/bold] wrote: If you care about the future of pleckgate, either as a pupil, member of staff or conscientious citizen please sign this petition to make a stand against what is clearly wrong and we can present it to jack straw https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/j ack-straw-investigat ion-into-leadership- of-cherry-ridgway-at -pleckgate-high-scho ol#[/p][/quote]Well done, let us ensure a concerted effort is put in to encourage as many signatures as possible. The rot continues day by day, even as we communicate staff are being victimised and working lives destroyed for no other reason than they dared to challenge in the interests of the children! sid_pleckgater
  • Score: 12

11:19pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Truepleckgater says...

Why can I not find the original article re Pleckgate as published on Thursday on the Telegraph website? Has it been made inaccessible to stop people commenting?
Why can I not find the original article re Pleckgate as published on Thursday on the Telegraph website? Has it been made inaccessible to stop people commenting? Truepleckgater
  • Score: 2

11:42pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Truepleckgater says...

Apologies, I have now found article, it did not come up when 'search' was used.
Apologies, I have now found article, it did not come up when 'search' was used. Truepleckgater
  • Score: 0

11:57pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

Does everyone know that to sign the petition you need to paste the link into your address bar? Sorry if I'm stating the obvious. If those on Facebook link to their friends who may be interested, it will spread very quickly. I've only just done this and several of my friends have already signed up. Onward and upward!
Does everyone know that to sign the petition you need to paste the link into your address bar? Sorry if I'm stating the obvious. If those on Facebook link to their friends who may be interested, it will spread very quickly. I've only just done this and several of my friends have already signed up. Onward and upward! Retired Teacher
  • Score: 8

12:23am Sun 9 Feb 14

DGower says...

Retired Teacher - My source is the Pleckgate Data Dashboard on the OFSTED website and relates to Percentage of pupils who attained five GCSEs grade A* to C including English and mathematics in similar schools to Pleckgate. This is based on the summer 2012 results.

Is being in the 3rd quintile good enough for all schools similar to Pleckgate? I for one don't think so if the school is so great as you make it out to be.

Apologies for my lazy use of the apostrophe. Typing on a small tablet screen which auto corrects is not as efficient as on a PC screen or laptop screen.
I will ensure I complete 100 lines by tomorrow morning and leave them on your desk with a heartfelt apology for making you angry.

Happy?!
Retired Teacher - My source is the Pleckgate Data Dashboard on the OFSTED website and relates to Percentage of pupils who attained five GCSEs grade A* to C including English and mathematics in similar schools to Pleckgate. This is based on the summer 2012 results. Is being in the 3rd quintile good enough for all schools similar to Pleckgate? I for one don't think so if the school is so great as you make it out to be. Apologies for my lazy use of the apostrophe. Typing on a small tablet screen which auto corrects is not as efficient as on a PC screen or laptop screen. I will ensure I complete 100 lines by tomorrow morning and leave them on your desk with a heartfelt apology for making you angry. Happy?! DGower
  • Score: -21

8:09am Sun 9 Feb 14

Sue Lee says...

Never known such a protracted, seriously conducted debate in this medium. Usually a load of numpties, effing and jeffing at each other.
Surely Mr Straw, Mr Harling, Ms Holleren and Mr Catterall are listening in the town hall?
It might already be too late? Chairman of Governs jumped ship just before the report, with a new person in charge of town hall school department, is there?
Someone needs to wade in there for the sake of the pupils-past, present,future. Heads or more staff need caning?
Never known such a protracted, seriously conducted debate in this medium. Usually a load of numpties, effing and jeffing at each other. Surely Mr Straw, Mr Harling, Ms Holleren and Mr Catterall are listening in the town hall? It might already be too late? Chairman of Governs jumped ship just before the report, with a new person in charge of town hall school department, is there? Someone needs to wade in there for the sake of the pupils-past, present,future. Heads or more staff need caning? Sue Lee
  • Score: 7

10:44am Sun 9 Feb 14

Secondchild says...

I think DGower is totally missing the real issue. What matters is the children. So lets get the petition signed and hopefully bring some common sense to the issue. It is quite obvious that the root cause of the problem is the leadership and this stops at one person. Time for the head to step down and then the school can get back to educating the children. Teachers cant teach when they are going to work in fear of a bully.
I think DGower is totally missing the real issue. What matters is the children. So lets get the petition signed and hopefully bring some common sense to the issue. It is quite obvious that the root cause of the problem is the leadership and this stops at one person. Time for the head to step down and then the school can get back to educating the children. Teachers cant teach when they are going to work in fear of a bully. Secondchild
  • Score: 15

10:45am Sun 9 Feb 14

voice of reason10 says...

What we mustn't lose sight of is that this HeadTeacher's leadership style is failing the education of these pupils - they have put up with her for two years - they will never get those years back. This week, she will continue to protest her innocence and put the blame elsewhere. She will do this to pupils, to staff, to parents, to Governors and to the Local Authority - and she will doubtless get through another week when she, and her cronies that she has brought in, will feel just that bit stronger. The previous Chair of governors did not just jump ship, he was threatened into leaving, many staff have left because they couldn't put up with the bullying and threatening atmosphere that is her style. Yes, sign the petition - the more people the better, yes, question her at the parents meeting, yes, continue to comment on here, but when push comes to shove, lets make sure we all line up in the same direction.
What we mustn't lose sight of is that this HeadTeacher's leadership style is failing the education of these pupils - they have put up with her for two years - they will never get those years back. This week, she will continue to protest her innocence and put the blame elsewhere. She will do this to pupils, to staff, to parents, to Governors and to the Local Authority - and she will doubtless get through another week when she, and her cronies that she has brought in, will feel just that bit stronger. The previous Chair of governors did not just jump ship, he was threatened into leaving, many staff have left because they couldn't put up with the bullying and threatening atmosphere that is her style. Yes, sign the petition - the more people the better, yes, question her at the parents meeting, yes, continue to comment on here, but when push comes to shove, lets make sure we all line up in the same direction. voice of reason10
  • Score: 16

11:53am Sun 9 Feb 14

Saj143 says...

Isn't it true that a lot of the "dissenters" will not embrace new ways of doing things and are so stuck in their "cushy" ways , come hell or high water , will not or just do not want any change whatsoever ?
Isn't it true that a lot of the "dissenters" will not embrace new ways of doing things and are so stuck in their "cushy" ways , come hell or high water , will not or just do not want any change whatsoever ? Saj143
  • Score: -25

12:01pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Saj - you clearly have no compassion or understanding of how profoundly the staff at this school are being bullied and how many are on the cusp or, or have already had breakdowns as a direct result. 91 people have signed this petition since last night - are they all a disgruntled minority? If you gave the pupils and parents a voice in this petition they would say the same - perhaps someone should upload the link into Facebook for them to have their say? These posts are coming from a wide variety of affected parties - so no - you can't just blame the 'lazy teachers' this time you Gove-ite!
Saj - you clearly have no compassion or understanding of how profoundly the staff at this school are being bullied and how many are on the cusp or, or have already had breakdowns as a direct result. 91 people have signed this petition since last night - are they all a disgruntled minority? If you gave the pupils and parents a voice in this petition they would say the same - perhaps someone should upload the link into Facebook for them to have their say? These posts are coming from a wide variety of affected parties - so no - you can't just blame the 'lazy teachers' this time you Gove-ite! Renny78
  • Score: 18

2:43pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Ex Pleckgate Pupil says...

It is quite scary the rapid decline which has taken place since the new headteacher has come to the school. I attended Pleckgate under the previous headteacher, Mr Campbell, and as far as I am concerned he was doing a great job, and it was such a shame when he retired. Overall I was happy with the level of education I received at the school, and with the majority of teaching which took place. With what I know of the school under the previous management & what I know now, looking in from the outside, it seems that the new headteacher has taken a good & healthy staff team and drained the life out of it. There are still many good teachers at the school, and in my opinion, a new leader who supports them doing what they do best would go some way to turning the school around.

As for Tauheedul - I really hope they do not take over Pleckgate. They may be graded as outstanding, but at the cost of further dividing the Blackburn community.
It is quite scary the rapid decline which has taken place since the new headteacher has come to the school. I attended Pleckgate under the previous headteacher, Mr Campbell, and as far as I am concerned he was doing a great job, and it was such a shame when he retired. Overall I was happy with the level of education I received at the school, and with the majority of teaching which took place. With what I know of the school under the previous management & what I know now, looking in from the outside, it seems that the new headteacher has taken a good & healthy staff team and drained the life out of it. There are still many good teachers at the school, and in my opinion, a new leader who supports them doing what they do best would go some way to turning the school around. As for Tauheedul - I really hope they do not take over Pleckgate. They may be graded as outstanding, but at the cost of further dividing the Blackburn community. Ex Pleckgate Pupil
  • Score: 25

3:23pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Hi all, 148 people signed the petition now! Come on, get the word out there. Save our children's school, save the future!
Hi all, 148 people signed the petition now! Come on, get the word out there. Save our children's school, save the future! Renny78
  • Score: 16

5:16pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

Nearly 200 signatures now and a very moving comment from a year 11 pupil. When does it go to Jack Straw, Renny?
Nearly 200 signatures now and a very moving comment from a year 11 pupil. When does it go to Jack Straw, Renny? Retired Teacher
  • Score: 13

6:58pm Sun 9 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

MY ORIGINAL (i.e. DELETED) POST FROM FRIDAY:

Until September 2012 the Pleckgate High School which achieved *three* GOOD Ofsted reports in a row had high morale within its staff, resulting in a very low staff turnover. It was remarked upon a few years back as being an extraordinary situation when six staff members left at the end of a school year, four of whom had clocked up over 100 years service between them. In little over twelve recent months over fifteen members of teaching staff have left, in addition to at least ten non-teaching members of staff. There are at least three current members of teaching staff who are actively seeking employment elsewhere/anywhere, and the same number who intend to retire earlier than planned in July or have already secured new employment elsewhere. Based on some surprising departures during last year's exodus, it can can only be assumed there are others keeping their "escape plan" to themselves. Perhaps Ms Ridgway, BwD Council and the NASUWT/NUT could provide some "transparent" and HONEST response to what has become a preposterous situation at what was, until very recently, a GOOD school?
MY ORIGINAL (i.e. DELETED) POST FROM FRIDAY: Until September 2012 the Pleckgate High School which achieved *three* GOOD Ofsted reports in a row had high morale within its staff, resulting in a very low staff turnover. It was remarked upon a few years back as being an extraordinary situation when six staff members left at the end of a school year, four of whom had clocked up over 100 years service between them. In little over twelve recent months over fifteen members of teaching staff have left, in addition to at least ten non-teaching members of staff. There are at least three current members of teaching staff who are actively seeking employment elsewhere/anywhere, and the same number who intend to retire earlier than planned in July or have already secured new employment elsewhere. Based on some surprising departures during last year's exodus, it can can only be assumed there are others keeping their "escape plan" to themselves. Perhaps Ms Ridgway, BwD Council and the NASUWT/NUT could provide some "transparent" and HONEST response to what has become a preposterous situation at what was, until very recently, a GOOD school? PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 18

7:26pm Sun 9 Feb 14

pleckgate4life says...

Ex Pleckgate Pupil wrote:
It is quite scary the rapid decline which has taken place since the new headteacher has come to the school. I attended Pleckgate under the previous headteacher, Mr Campbell, and as far as I am concerned he was doing a great job, and it was such a shame when he retired. Overall I was happy with the level of education I received at the school, and with the majority of teaching which took place. With what I know of the school under the previous management & what I know now, looking in from the outside, it seems that the new headteacher has taken a good & healthy staff team and drained the life out of it. There are still many good teachers at the school, and in my opinion, a new leader who supports them doing what they do best would go some way to turning the school around.

As for Tauheedul - I really hope they do not take over Pleckgate. They may be graded as outstanding, but at the cost of further dividing the Blackburn community.
Totally agree. Mr Campbell come out of retirement, your school needs you. As for Tauheedul schools taking over, thanks but no thanks.
Also please sign the petition to save our school.
[quote][p][bold]Ex Pleckgate Pupil[/bold] wrote: It is quite scary the rapid decline which has taken place since the new headteacher has come to the school. I attended Pleckgate under the previous headteacher, Mr Campbell, and as far as I am concerned he was doing a great job, and it was such a shame when he retired. Overall I was happy with the level of education I received at the school, and with the majority of teaching which took place. With what I know of the school under the previous management & what I know now, looking in from the outside, it seems that the new headteacher has taken a good & healthy staff team and drained the life out of it. There are still many good teachers at the school, and in my opinion, a new leader who supports them doing what they do best would go some way to turning the school around. As for Tauheedul - I really hope they do not take over Pleckgate. They may be graded as outstanding, but at the cost of further dividing the Blackburn community.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Mr Campbell come out of retirement, your school needs you. As for Tauheedul schools taking over, thanks but no thanks. Also please sign the petition to save our school. pleckgate4life
  • Score: 16

7:31pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

PowerCorruptionAndLi
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wrote:
MY ORIGINAL (i.e. DELETED) POST FROM FRIDAY:

Until September 2012 the Pleckgate High School which achieved *three* GOOD Ofsted reports in a row had high morale within its staff, resulting in a very low staff turnover. It was remarked upon a few years back as being an extraordinary situation when six staff members left at the end of a school year, four of whom had clocked up over 100 years service between them. In little over twelve recent months over fifteen members of teaching staff have left, in addition to at least ten non-teaching members of staff. There are at least three current members of teaching staff who are actively seeking employment elsewhere/anywhere, and the same number who intend to retire earlier than planned in July or have already secured new employment elsewhere. Based on some surprising departures during last year's exodus, it can can only be assumed there are others keeping their "escape plan" to themselves. Perhaps Ms Ridgway, BwD Council and the NASUWT/NUT could provide some "transparent" and HONEST response to what has become a preposterous situation at what was, until very recently, a GOOD school?
Excellent post PowerCorruptionAndLi
es, truly startling that so many staff could leave in such a short space of time- I shudder to think the impact that so many inexperienced/supply teachers could have on our children's education, not to mention the supply bill each month! I What do you think tax payers?
[quote][p][bold]PowerCorruptionAndLi es[/bold] wrote: MY ORIGINAL (i.e. DELETED) POST FROM FRIDAY: Until September 2012 the Pleckgate High School which achieved *three* GOOD Ofsted reports in a row had high morale within its staff, resulting in a very low staff turnover. It was remarked upon a few years back as being an extraordinary situation when six staff members left at the end of a school year, four of whom had clocked up over 100 years service between them. In little over twelve recent months over fifteen members of teaching staff have left, in addition to at least ten non-teaching members of staff. There are at least three current members of teaching staff who are actively seeking employment elsewhere/anywhere, and the same number who intend to retire earlier than planned in July or have already secured new employment elsewhere. Based on some surprising departures during last year's exodus, it can can only be assumed there are others keeping their "escape plan" to themselves. Perhaps Ms Ridgway, BwD Council and the NASUWT/NUT could provide some "transparent" and HONEST response to what has become a preposterous situation at what was, until very recently, a GOOD school?[/p][/quote]Excellent post PowerCorruptionAndLi es, truly startling that so many staff could leave in such a short space of time- I shudder to think the impact that so many inexperienced/supply teachers could have on our children's education, not to mention the supply bill each month! I What do you think tax payers? Renny78
  • Score: 11

7:50pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

I have been reading the posts on the petition from current year 11 pupils and they epitomise what this is all about. My heart bleeds for them and the LEA MUST do something to help at this most important time of their lives, especially the poor lad who has been excluded from school for threatening to be a whistle blower (if I interpret his comment correctly). Parents please get to the meeting this week and call this woman to account! When I think what we used to do in my time for our year 11 pupils and how grateful they were, this situation turns me sick. It was more than enough reward when they did well and came back to see us with news of their progress.
I have been reading the posts on the petition from current year 11 pupils and they epitomise what this is all about. My heart bleeds for them and the LEA MUST do something to help at this most important time of their lives, especially the poor lad who has been excluded from school for threatening to be a whistle blower (if I interpret his comment correctly). Parents please get to the meeting this week and call this woman to account! When I think what we used to do in my time for our year 11 pupils and how grateful they were, this situation turns me sick. It was more than enough reward when they did well and came back to see us with news of their progress. Retired Teacher
  • Score: 11

7:58pm Sun 9 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

This weekend I have accrued more evidence of BwD's attempts to obstruct the TRUTH being revealed.

They know they have bitten off more than they can chew.

Justice will prevail.

p.s. Thank you, Remmy78. Grist to the mill...
This weekend I have accrued more evidence of BwD's attempts to obstruct the TRUTH being revealed. They know they have bitten off more than they can chew. Justice will prevail. p.s. Thank you, Remmy78. Grist to the mill... PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 13

8:25pm Sun 9 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

Sorry, reNNy - I've got fat fingers today!
Sorry, reNNy - I've got fat fingers today! PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 3

9:25pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Over 400 have signed the petition so far - a mix of pupils, staff, ex staff and citizens who can clearly delineate right from wrong - I hope someone prints these comments and those very powerful statements from those who gave signed and presents them to the delightful Ms Ridgway in our parents meeting on Thursday - perhaps the press should also be in attendance - let's give her hell and maybe she'll get just a taste of what she has been inflicting on decent teachers and hard-working kids for 16 months!
Over 400 have signed the petition so far - a mix of pupils, staff, ex staff and citizens who can clearly delineate right from wrong - I hope someone prints these comments and those very powerful statements from those who gave signed and presents them to the delightful Ms Ridgway in our parents meeting on Thursday - perhaps the press should also be in attendance - let's give her hell and maybe she'll get just a taste of what she has been inflicting on decent teachers and hard-working kids for 16 months! Renny78
  • Score: 17

9:46am Mon 10 Feb 14

Eric Broadbent says...

As an experienced teacher of over thirty years, make no mistake that this is one of the most damning OFSTED reports I have ever seen - has the word "corrosive" ever been used previously? I echo the comments of the above completely - this is not just a case of faceless, autocratic leadership but reflects what many of us in education in this area know that Blackburn with Darwen LEA is full of lily-livered "yes men" in suits who are merely looking after themselves. Rather than supporting the staff and children with real action, what does it do? Draft in a PR person to minimise the publicity-damage in this paper! The petiiton will help raise the profile enormously but what is really need to drive out this awful woman is joint action by the unions and solidarity by the staff to protect the pupils. Remember Darwen Vale and the head who was completely out of touch with reality? The unions and staff acted positively and collaboratively and that is precisely what is needed here.
As an experienced teacher of over thirty years, make no mistake that this is one of the most damning OFSTED reports I have ever seen - has the word "corrosive" ever been used previously? I echo the comments of the above completely - this is not just a case of faceless, autocratic leadership but reflects what many of us in education in this area know that Blackburn with Darwen LEA is full of lily-livered "yes men" in suits who are merely looking after themselves. Rather than supporting the staff and children with real action, what does it do? Draft in a PR person to minimise the publicity-damage in this paper! The petiiton will help raise the profile enormously but what is really need to drive out this awful woman is joint action by the unions and solidarity by the staff to protect the pupils. Remember Darwen Vale and the head who was completely out of touch with reality? The unions and staff acted positively and collaboratively and that is precisely what is needed here. Eric Broadbent
  • Score: 18

12:41pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Secondchild says...

Whilst it is so obvious that the root cause of the problems at the school is the deplorable performance of the head, why is nobody asking what role are the unions taking in this issue. We are constantly told by the media that teaching unions are very militant but with regard to this issue they do not seem to be getting involved. Why are they not standing up for their members especially when two more senior members of staff are put on the "sick"? Have they been conned by the lies just the same as the LEA appear to have been?
Whilst it is so obvious that the root cause of the problems at the school is the deplorable performance of the head, why is nobody asking what role are the unions taking in this issue. We are constantly told by the media that teaching unions are very militant but with regard to this issue they do not seem to be getting involved. Why are they not standing up for their members especially when two more senior members of staff are put on the "sick"? Have they been conned by the lies just the same as the LEA appear to have been? Secondchild
  • Score: 12

5:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

The unions have been involved for over a year. Between them, they couldn't organise a p***-up in Thwaites.
The unions have been involved for over a year. Between them, they couldn't organise a p***-up in Thwaites. PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 11

5:13pm Mon 10 Feb 14

PowerCorruptionAndLies says...

e.g. Divulging things they had been told in confidence (by desperate members of staff) to Ms Ridgway.
e.g. Divulging things they had been told in confidence (by desperate members of staff) to Ms Ridgway. PowerCorruptionAndLies
  • Score: 9

5:39pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Nearly 1200 have signed now - you seem to have gone very quiet Dgower... It's not sounding like a handful of dissenters now is it? Feel free to use your democratic right as a stakeholder, parent, pupil, member of staff or ordinary tax payer to address your complaints to OFSTED on 0300 123 4666 or email them or complete the online complaint form www.ofsted.gov.uk and attend the parents meeting on Thursday at 5.30pm to voice your concerns directly.
Nearly 1200 have signed now - you seem to have gone very quiet Dgower... It's not sounding like a handful of dissenters now is it? Feel free to use your democratic right as a stakeholder, parent, pupil, member of staff or ordinary tax payer to address your complaints to OFSTED on 0300 123 4666 or email them or complete the online complaint form www.ofsted.gov.uk and attend the parents meeting on Thursday at 5.30pm to voice your concerns directly. Renny78
  • Score: 11

6:58pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Eric Broadbent says...

1200 ipads supplied to the school at the start of this academic year and which company supplied them? None other than Ms Ridgway's partner's company, I hear!
1200 ipads supplied to the school at the start of this academic year and which company supplied them? None other than Ms Ridgway's partner's company, I hear! Eric Broadbent
  • Score: 24

7:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

voice of reason10 says...

how absolutely fantastic that we have taken this stand - I hope the staff feel the weight of our support. We must, for the sake of the staff and the pupils, continue our support and make sure that the rezoned approach that the vast majority have taken on here and on the petition is listened to and acted upon.
how absolutely fantastic that we have taken this stand - I hope the staff feel the weight of our support. We must, for the sake of the staff and the pupils, continue our support and make sure that the rezoned approach that the vast majority have taken on here and on the petition is listened to and acted upon. voice of reason10
  • Score: 10

8:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Ex teacher says...

The problem here is that BWD have supported ms Ridgway in the face of all complaints against her. They have chosen to blame the Governors, who were only trying to hold her to account as a result of staff complaints about their working conditions
The Enquiry last Summer was seriously flawed, and there are allegations that statements made by staff were not signed as true records and , in some cases these statements were altered.
It follows from this that BWD are unlikely to take any action !
The problem here is that BWD have supported ms Ridgway in the face of all complaints against her. They have chosen to blame the Governors, who were only trying to hold her to account as a result of staff complaints about their working conditions The Enquiry last Summer was seriously flawed, and there are allegations that statements made by staff were not signed as true records and , in some cases these statements were altered. It follows from this that BWD are unlikely to take any action ! Ex teacher
  • Score: 12

8:56pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DGower says...

Let me make my point very clear. Under no circumstances am I supporting this Headteacher. I merely want people to understand that the school was not performing greatly prior to her appointment. The data doesn't lie. She is not the only cause to this school being on a downward spiral. She may have accelerated it, but, in my opinion, things were not great to begin with. The previous Headteacher has a lot to answer for and perhaps knowing that an OFSTED wasn't too far away, decided to ride off into the sunset without having to face the music. I realise that those with blind faith towards the previous Headteacher will rubbish this, but, as an outsider looking in I see a different picture. Especially as I do not have any emotional attachment to the school.
Let me make my point very clear. Under no circumstances am I supporting this Headteacher. I merely want people to understand that the school was not performing greatly prior to her appointment. The data doesn't lie. She is not the only cause to this school being on a downward spiral. She may have accelerated it, but, in my opinion, things were not great to begin with. The previous Headteacher has a lot to answer for and perhaps knowing that an OFSTED wasn't too far away, decided to ride off into the sunset without having to face the music. I realise that those with blind faith towards the previous Headteacher will rubbish this, but, as an outsider looking in I see a different picture. Especially as I do not have any emotional attachment to the school. DGower
  • Score: -11

9:13pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DGower says...

With the witch hunt to oust the head I foresee the following over the next few months:

1) She will go off on long term sick with stress
2) Her union will negotiate her release with her employers
3) Both parties will sign a compromise agreement
4) She will get a minimum six figure pay out
5) The school will then seek a replacement

Such a shame as the money she walks away with is meant for the pupils and their education.
With the witch hunt to oust the head I foresee the following over the next few months: 1) She will go off on long term sick with stress 2) Her union will negotiate her release with her employers 3) Both parties will sign a compromise agreement 4) She will get a minimum six figure pay out 5) The school will then seek a replacement Such a shame as the money she walks away with is meant for the pupils and their education. DGower
  • Score: -6

9:18pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Eric Broadbent says...

DGower strikes again.
Like myself, many people on here are "outsiders looking in" and are wearing glasses with a different tint to yours, ie clear.
There is enough subterfuge here to keep an investigative journalist in work for life. Blackburn with Darwen LEA are an absolute disgrace and are nothing short of negligent in failing in its duty of care to the staff and pupils of this school. Let's not forget they stood back and watched Beardwood HS go under, a school which achieved fantastic results with the same sort of intake as Pleckgate and when staff were leaving in droves. As for Jack Straw? He failed to support Beardwood's application for academy status which would have saved that particular school. If any Blackburn parent wants their child to have a good education the answer is simple - move out of towns. Or, alternatively, start the recovery here by ridding the school and town of this hideous woman.
DGower strikes again. Like myself, many people on here are "outsiders looking in" and are wearing glasses with a different tint to yours, ie clear. There is enough subterfuge here to keep an investigative journalist in work for life. Blackburn with Darwen LEA are an absolute disgrace and are nothing short of negligent in failing in its duty of care to the staff and pupils of this school. Let's not forget they stood back and watched Beardwood HS go under, a school which achieved fantastic results with the same sort of intake as Pleckgate and when staff were leaving in droves. As for Jack Straw? He failed to support Beardwood's application for academy status which would have saved that particular school. If any Blackburn parent wants their child to have a good education the answer is simple - move out of towns. Or, alternatively, start the recovery here by ridding the school and town of this hideous woman. Eric Broadbent
  • Score: 14

9:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

DGower--I thought you had gone away so that people on here could concentrate on the real issues, the achievement and welfare of the pupils and the bullying and bad treatment of the staff. Will you be told, once and for all. that the School was classed as 'good' in the previous 3 Ofsted reports before this one. Read the reports for goodness sake, look at ALL the data, not just one little section. I worked for 40+ years in teaching, in 6 schools and with 11 different Headteachers. Robin Campbell is one of the best Heads I have worked for; he expected (and got) high standards from staff and pupils. Will you stop slagging the guy off. You know nothing about the school, the last Head, the present Head or the situation and your statistical analysis is abysmal. Please go away and annoy another group of people. As 'secondchild' says two more senior staff are allegedly 'off sick' today. Many of us are very concerned about them and others. I will not reply to you again but it is very difficult when you talk such garbage.
DGower--I thought you had gone away so that people on here could concentrate on the real issues, the achievement and welfare of the pupils and the bullying and bad treatment of the staff. Will you be told, once and for all. that the School was classed as 'good' in the previous 3 Ofsted reports before this one. Read the reports for goodness sake, look at ALL the data, not just one little section. I worked for 40+ years in teaching, in 6 schools and with 11 different Headteachers. Robin Campbell is one of the best Heads I have worked for; he expected (and got) high standards from staff and pupils. Will you stop slagging the guy off. You know nothing about the school, the last Head, the present Head or the situation and your statistical analysis is abysmal. Please go away and annoy another group of people. As 'secondchild' says two more senior staff are allegedly 'off sick' today. Many of us are very concerned about them and others. I will not reply to you again but it is very difficult when you talk such garbage. Retired Teacher
  • Score: 16

9:40pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DGower says...

Retired Teacher - clearly you lament anyone having an alternative viewpoint to yours?!

A forum such as this is to debate and air views - not force and wish people away simply because they have an alternative opinion..

If rubbishing anyone who you disagree with is your way, maybe it is a good thing that you are retired and not teaching children about your autocratic ways.

I shall give you your wish and will no longer contribute to this story. I wish Pleckgate HS all the best for the sake of the children.

Good night and may your God be with you.
Retired Teacher - clearly you lament anyone having an alternative viewpoint to yours?! A forum such as this is to debate and air views - not force and wish people away simply because they have an alternative opinion.. If rubbishing anyone who you disagree with is your way, maybe it is a good thing that you are retired and not teaching children about your autocratic ways. I shall give you your wish and will no longer contribute to this story. I wish Pleckgate HS all the best for the sake of the children. Good night and may your God be with you. DGower
  • Score: -3

10:54pm Mon 10 Feb 14

voice of reason10 says...

DGower....please don't go....all sides of the debate are needed - something that Ms Ridgway doesn't appreciate as events of today confirm.
I have been absolutely disgusted with some of the stories that present pupils have told on the petition site have told.
I have copied them to the LA and asked whether they plan to investigate them as a matter of child protection - if true, they serve to expose this Head as a user of children, as a megalomaniac, as a narcissist and as a person unfit to hold public office.
Harry McGloughlin, Dot Thompson - be advised
DGower....please don't go....all sides of the debate are needed - something that Ms Ridgway doesn't appreciate as events of today confirm. I have been absolutely disgusted with some of the stories that present pupils have told on the petition site have told. I have copied them to the LA and asked whether they plan to investigate them as a matter of child protection - if true, they serve to expose this Head as a user of children, as a megalomaniac, as a narcissist and as a person unfit to hold public office. Harry McGloughlin, Dot Thompson - be advised voice of reason10
  • Score: 13

8:27am Tue 11 Feb 14

expupil96 says...

As an ex Pleckgate pupil, I am extremely disappointed on hearing this news. I only left two years ago, and I clearly remember it to be the best few years of my life. I actually feel sorry for the current students who are missing out on their chances of achieving the best possible results and getting the most out of opportunities given at Pleckgate, just because this new headteacher cannot do her job properly. I believe the old head teacher, managed the school well, and also had a strong connection with the staff and pupils, and the needs of everybody were met. Clearly this new headteacher shouldn't have this job if she has destroyed schools in the past. I really cannot bare to see this school going down hill...
As an ex Pleckgate pupil, I am extremely disappointed on hearing this news. I only left two years ago, and I clearly remember it to be the best few years of my life. I actually feel sorry for the current students who are missing out on their chances of achieving the best possible results and getting the most out of opportunities given at Pleckgate, just because this new headteacher cannot do her job properly. I believe the old head teacher, managed the school well, and also had a strong connection with the staff and pupils, and the needs of everybody were met. Clearly this new headteacher shouldn't have this job if she has destroyed schools in the past. I really cannot bare to see this school going down hill... expupil96
  • Score: 9

12:40pm Tue 11 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

DGower wrote:
Retired Teacher - clearly you lament anyone having an alternative viewpoint to yours?! A forum such as this is to debate and air views - not force and wish people away simply because they have an alternative opinion.. If rubbishing anyone who you disagree with is your way, maybe it is a good thing that you are retired and not teaching children about your autocratic ways. I shall give you your wish and will no longer contribute to this story. I wish Pleckgate HS all the best for the sake of the children. Good night and may your God be with you.
DG its easy to tuck tail and run stay and have a reasonable debate,,,,but you are either misinformed or deluded...how can a headteacher ride into the sunset knowing an OFSTED inspection is 18months away! ample time to clear up any "mess" for a new head dont you think? or better still expose it! also you neglect to acknowledge the fact that the headteacher is now in an untenable position trying to lead in the face of adversity! and i put it to you yes she will walk away with a six figure sum but that figure will be well spent if it helps kids in the long run...and knowing her background (after some digging) i dont think it will take time for her to tell the LA what she wants by way of a settlement....i'll go far as to say she is probably making manouveres in that direction already but i suppose you know that already dont you "...DGower..."
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: Retired Teacher - clearly you lament anyone having an alternative viewpoint to yours?! A forum such as this is to debate and air views - not force and wish people away simply because they have an alternative opinion.. If rubbishing anyone who you disagree with is your way, maybe it is a good thing that you are retired and not teaching children about your autocratic ways. I shall give you your wish and will no longer contribute to this story. I wish Pleckgate HS all the best for the sake of the children. Good night and may your God be with you.[/p][/quote]DG its easy to tuck tail and run stay and have a reasonable debate,,,,but you are either misinformed or deluded...how can a headteacher ride into the sunset knowing an OFSTED inspection is 18months away! ample time to clear up any "mess" for a new head dont you think? or better still expose it! also you neglect to acknowledge the fact that the headteacher is now in an untenable position trying to lead in the face of adversity! and i put it to you yes she will walk away with a six figure sum but that figure will be well spent if it helps kids in the long run...and knowing her background (after some digging) i dont think it will take time for her to tell the LA what she wants by way of a settlement....i'll go far as to say she is probably making manouveres in that direction already but i suppose you know that already dont you "...DGower..." BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 4

12:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Secondchild says...

I think that I have now heard it all when a Trade Union rep is saying that a petition is not the way for people to make their feelings known (Lancashire Telegraph). Is this the same union that has consistently failed to represent their members on this issue despite the fact they have a legal obligation to do so. If the Unions had represented their members in a proper manner this disastrous situation could have been resolved many months ago but they chose the easy way out and did not believe what their members were telling them.
I also note that Councillor Dave Harling is aware of the petition and the debate around issues at Pleckgate School. So what is he doing to resolve it? I just hope that people remember his stance when it comes to the next elections
I think that I have now heard it all when a Trade Union rep is saying that a petition is not the way for people to make their feelings known (Lancashire Telegraph). Is this the same union that has consistently failed to represent their members on this issue despite the fact they have a legal obligation to do so. If the Unions had represented their members in a proper manner this disastrous situation could have been resolved many months ago but they chose the easy way out and did not believe what their members were telling them. I also note that Councillor Dave Harling is aware of the petition and the debate around issues at Pleckgate School. So what is he doing to resolve it? I just hope that people remember his stance when it comes to the next elections Secondchild
  • Score: 9

1:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

Secondchild wrote:
I think that I have now heard it all when a Trade Union rep is saying that a petition is not the way for people to make their feelings known (Lancashire Telegraph). Is this the same union that has consistently failed to represent their members on this issue despite the fact they have a legal obligation to do so. If the Unions had represented their members in a proper manner this disastrous situation could have been resolved many months ago but they chose the easy way out and did not believe what their members were telling them. I also note that Councillor Dave Harling is aware of the petition and the debate around issues at Pleckgate School. So what is he doing to resolve it? I just hope that people remember his stance when it comes to the next elections
I would also add that Councillor Hollern has ambitions for a higher office i hope she can demonstrate that she can act decisively if she is to win the "hearts and mind" of those that reside not far from Pleckgate during election time! however i doubt she will as I know her ability to dither, and duck issues is reknowned...!
[quote][p][bold]Secondchild[/bold] wrote: I think that I have now heard it all when a Trade Union rep is saying that a petition is not the way for people to make their feelings known (Lancashire Telegraph). Is this the same union that has consistently failed to represent their members on this issue despite the fact they have a legal obligation to do so. If the Unions had represented their members in a proper manner this disastrous situation could have been resolved many months ago but they chose the easy way out and did not believe what their members were telling them. I also note that Councillor Dave Harling is aware of the petition and the debate around issues at Pleckgate School. So what is he doing to resolve it? I just hope that people remember his stance when it comes to the next elections[/p][/quote]I would also add that Councillor Hollern has ambitions for a higher office i hope she can demonstrate that she can act decisively if she is to win the "hearts and mind" of those that reside not far from Pleckgate during election time! however i doubt she will as I know her ability to dither, and duck issues is reknowned...! BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 7

1:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

voice of reason10 says...

I am glad the previous Head Teacher has got involved, supporting the investigation. It has taken some amount of heart searching, I am sure, but for Mr Campbell to speak out in this way is very welcome indeed.
I notice that Ms Ridgway is disappointed in the personal attacks made on her - REALLY? What a cheek and a two-faced response, at exactly the same time she is suspending senior staff at the school and ruining their lives.
This lady has ruined the educational chances for literally hundreds of children and yet SHE tries to come out of this looking as though she has a heart!! She is calculating, cold and manipulative who has practised cronyism on a scale previously not thought possible, she has reigned over the biggest demise of a school, created a 'corrosive atmosphere of distrust' and her actions are slowly coming to light. I, too, think some of the comments on the petition are unwise, but these are just kids having a laugh - the really incisive comments by serious pupils and staff are heartfelt and shocking.
The Council comes out of this exceptionally badly, the Head Teacher of the school comes out of t badly and yet the children and the staff still suffer. Absolutely shocking.
I am glad the previous Head Teacher has got involved, supporting the investigation. It has taken some amount of heart searching, I am sure, but for Mr Campbell to speak out in this way is very welcome indeed. I notice that Ms Ridgway is disappointed in the personal attacks made on her - REALLY? What a cheek and a two-faced response, at exactly the same time she is suspending senior staff at the school and ruining their lives. This lady has ruined the educational chances for literally hundreds of children and yet SHE tries to come out of this looking as though she has a heart!! She is calculating, cold and manipulative who has practised cronyism on a scale previously not thought possible, she has reigned over the biggest demise of a school, created a 'corrosive atmosphere of distrust' and her actions are slowly coming to light. I, too, think some of the comments on the petition are unwise, but these are just kids having a laugh - the really incisive comments by serious pupils and staff are heartfelt and shocking. The Council comes out of this exceptionally badly, the Head Teacher of the school comes out of t badly and yet the children and the staff still suffer. Absolutely shocking. voice of reason10
  • Score: 17

1:41pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SBH87 says...

Distressing news to say the least! As an ex student, I can honestly say the five years I spent at Pleckgate High School were by far the most enjoyable and memorable years of my life. It had everything. I wasnt too happy seeing the changes at the school, in terms of the buildings. Thought it lost some of its tradition and character.

Here's hoping the school can return to its former self, as a source of pride for its students and teachers as it was for me!
Distressing news to say the least! As an ex student, I can honestly say the five years I spent at Pleckgate High School were by far the most enjoyable and memorable years of my life. It had everything. I wasnt too happy seeing the changes at the school, in terms of the buildings. Thought it lost some of its tradition and character. Here's hoping the school can return to its former self, as a source of pride for its students and teachers as it was for me! SBH87
  • Score: 12

3:16pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ClassOf2k13 says...

#CherryOut...Mr Campbell Was The Best!
#CherryOut...Mr Campbell Was The Best! ClassOf2k13
  • Score: 7

3:20pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ClassOf2k13 says...

5 Years at Pleckgate Was The Best..Apart From Mr Campbell Retiring And Having The New School Being Built...Apart From That..The Teachers Their Are Amazing!
5 Years at Pleckgate Was The Best..Apart From Mr Campbell Retiring And Having The New School Being Built...Apart From That..The Teachers Their Are Amazing! ClassOf2k13
  • Score: 9

3:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Sue Lee says...

Politicians, Governors, Council, teacher unions, senior staff as my son would say, will someone "grow a pair"!
Politicians, Governors, Council, teacher unions, senior staff as my son would say, will someone "grow a pair"! Sue Lee
  • Score: 10

5:27pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Sue Lee says...

Pleckgate Gate. Is there no-one with any courage to tell us what's happened, why it was allowed to happen and what is going to happen?
Pleckgate Gate. Is there no-one with any courage to tell us what's happened, why it was allowed to happen and what is going to happen? Sue Lee
  • Score: 8

6:04pm Tue 11 Feb 14

class71 says...

Sue Lee wrote:
Pleckgate Gate. Is there no-one with any courage to tell us what's happened, why it was allowed to happen and what is going to happen?
Tauheedul Schools Academies will take over and show how schools are meant to be run. Watch and learn.
[quote][p][bold]Sue Lee[/bold] wrote: Pleckgate Gate. Is there no-one with any courage to tell us what's happened, why it was allowed to happen and what is going to happen?[/p][/quote]Tauheedul Schools Academies will take over and show how schools are meant to be run. Watch and learn. class71
  • Score: -12

6:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

voice of reason10 says...

I see that Ms Ridgway has said that the debate taking place on forums such as these is damaging and unhelpful. She also says that at best, the comments are untrue.
I am happy, at any time, to discuss my concerns with Ms Ridgway and a reporter from the Telegraph (perhaps whoever wrote the original article can set this up) and I can go through my comments in detail and she can tell me which of my statements are untrue.
I'll even buy coffee.
I see that Ms Ridgway has said that the debate taking place on forums such as these is damaging and unhelpful. She also says that at best, the comments are untrue. I am happy, at any time, to discuss my concerns with Ms Ridgway and a reporter from the Telegraph (perhaps whoever wrote the original article can set this up) and I can go through my comments in detail and she can tell me which of my statements are untrue. I'll even buy coffee. voice of reason10
  • Score: 15

2:07am Wed 12 Feb 14

Max962 says...

DGower wrote:
With the witch hunt to oust the head I foresee the following over the next few months:

1) She will go off on long term sick with stress
2) Her union will negotiate her release with her employers
3) Both parties will sign a compromise agreement
4) She will get a minimum six figure pay out
5) The school will then seek a replacement

Such a shame as the money she walks away with is meant for the pupils and their education.
Shame on her if she follows this route.
A head teacher should ALWAYS put the students first
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: With the witch hunt to oust the head I foresee the following over the next few months: 1) She will go off on long term sick with stress 2) Her union will negotiate her release with her employers 3) Both parties will sign a compromise agreement 4) She will get a minimum six figure pay out 5) The school will then seek a replacement Such a shame as the money she walks away with is meant for the pupils and their education.[/p][/quote]Shame on her if she follows this route. A head teacher should ALWAYS put the students first Max962
  • Score: 9

11:17am Wed 12 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

voice of reason10 wrote:
I see that Ms Ridgway has said that the debate taking place on forums such as these is damaging and unhelpful. She also says that at best, the comments are untrue. I am happy, at any time, to discuss my concerns with Ms Ridgway and a reporter from the Telegraph (perhaps whoever wrote the original article can set this up) and I can go through my comments in detail and she can tell me which of my statements are untrue. I'll even buy coffee.
ha ha im reading some comments from "....anonymous...." on the petition site....clearly a sign of a head that is now resorting to justify her own failures by posing as a student tut tut tut tut shame shame.....
[quote][p][bold]voice of reason10[/bold] wrote: I see that Ms Ridgway has said that the debate taking place on forums such as these is damaging and unhelpful. She also says that at best, the comments are untrue. I am happy, at any time, to discuss my concerns with Ms Ridgway and a reporter from the Telegraph (perhaps whoever wrote the original article can set this up) and I can go through my comments in detail and she can tell me which of my statements are untrue. I'll even buy coffee.[/p][/quote]ha ha im reading some comments from "....anonymous...." on the petition site....clearly a sign of a head that is now resorting to justify her own failures by posing as a student tut tut tut tut shame shame..... BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 6

11:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Article from The Guardian 'Secret teacher' entitled 'It's time to get shot of incompetent Heads' beautifully highlights the key issues at stake in Pleckgate High School over the last 16 months;
The phrase "for the good of the children" is one you find used frequently in education today in Britain. But the truth is that some headteachers use it as an excuse for intimidation, victimisation, bullying and as a tool to cause a teacher so much stress they leave the school, if not the profession.
There is another breed of headteacher out there.
The ambitious head, the Ofsted-pressured head, the head appointed who isn't really up to the multi-functional, all-encompassing role they have found themselves in. Many of these heads begin their careers with the right intentions; successful school, happy children, valued and involved staff. But then the change comes. What triggers this change? Culture/ethos/practi

ce not changing quickly enough? Budget pressures? Ofsted pressures? Damage to ego when challenged by junior staff?

In any event the result is the same:

• Workload is increased (for the good of the children)

• Criticism is unacceptable and warrants a rebuke (for the good of the children)

• Meetings become more frequent and/or longer (for the good of the children)

• Deadlines are vigorously enforced (for the good of the children)

• Cliques are formed and informers are employed (for the good of the children)

• Veiled threats are made regarding future prospects (for the good of the children)

• Observation and scrutiny frequency increases and feedback is increasingly negative (for the good of the children)

• Struggling and/or expensive older teachers are targeted for capability procedures (for the good of the children)

• During capability procedures, goalposts are moved and support is minimal. Criticism is frequent (for the good of the children)

• Opinions contrary to those of leadership are frowned upon, disparaged, laughed at (for the good of the children)

• A climate of fear becomes the norm. Staff members talk about those who have left and why and wonder who is next (for the good of the children).

Does this seem ridiculous? Impossible? Rare?

Unfortunately it's neither impossible nor rare. It's more common than you may like to imagine. Ridiculous? Yes, I agree. I agree it is ridiculous to have anti-bullying policies in schools where staff members are routinely bullied, intimidated and threatened. It's ridiculous that a headteacher can behave this way in the 21st century with virtual impunity.

Surely not, you say? Virtual impunity? Yes, virtual impunity. Who checks on headteachers? Ofsted? Do they? Do they really? Their visit is as carefully orchestrated as a Beethoven concerto. Staff members are warned about the consequences of going into a category of failing. Are teachers confidentially interviewed by Ofsted about their roles? No.

So who does check up on them? The local authority? Do they? Do they really? Local authorities do not inspect schools, drop in or survey teaching staff. They do not check up on headteachers. Why would they? There's nothing wrong.

So it's down to the governing body. But do they? Do they really? No, not as a matter of course. They attend governing body meetings after school where they talk to the head and senior leaders. They have arranged visits where everything can be set up beforehand and the head and senior leaders have given the staff members and children clear instructions and expectations. They get the party line from wary and subdued staff members. If something does eventually emerge, usually because of some form of industrial action, they are almost always "shocked," "flabbergasted" or "gobsmacked". They had no idea such a regime existed in their school – well, why would they?

So who checks on headteachers and how they manage their staff members on a regular, formal basis? No one. Why would they? In my experience, heads can (and do in many schools) intimidate, bully, harass and threaten staff on a daily basis with impunity, justifying it as being for the good of the children, until for some reason a union gets involved. But what if a union doesn't get involved?

As things stand, it will go on, day after day. Teachers will (and I speak from recent experience but not my own) cry themselves to sleep or over lunch or even in front of pupils, vomit on the way to work, take anti-depressants, drink to excess, resign.

Oh but they could speak up? To whom? Who would listen? What might the consequences be? Isn't it better to keep your head down and get on?

For the good of the children, they need hard-working, committed, dedicated, healthy, happy and confident teachers who feel secure, valued and appreciated. For the good of the children, they need teachers who want to get to work each day, who look forward to teaching, who get excited by the prospect of engaging in one of the most rewarding careers in the world.

Yet some are suffering in all of the ways described above, with no end in sight except on the day they leave or retire. And unless a system is established that rigorously inspects how teaching staff are managed, much deeper than Ofsted does, they will continue to suffer, barring some event that exposes what is going on.

That is Cherry Ridgway in a cocked hat. I am crying as I write this.
Article from The Guardian 'Secret teacher' entitled 'It's time to get shot of incompetent Heads' beautifully highlights the key issues at stake in Pleckgate High School over the last 16 months; The phrase "for the good of the children" is one you find used frequently in education today in Britain. But the truth is that some headteachers use it as an excuse for intimidation, victimisation, bullying and as a tool to cause a teacher so much stress they leave the school, if not the profession. There is another breed of headteacher out there. The ambitious head, the Ofsted-pressured head, the head appointed who isn't really up to the multi-functional, all-encompassing role they have found themselves in. Many of these heads begin their careers with the right intentions; successful school, happy children, valued and involved staff. But then the change comes. What triggers this change? Culture/ethos/practi ce not changing quickly enough? Budget pressures? Ofsted pressures? Damage to ego when challenged by junior staff? In any event the result is the same: • Workload is increased (for the good of the children) • Criticism is unacceptable and warrants a rebuke (for the good of the children) • Meetings become more frequent and/or longer (for the good of the children) • Deadlines are vigorously enforced (for the good of the children) • Cliques are formed and informers are employed (for the good of the children) • Veiled threats are made regarding future prospects (for the good of the children) • Observation and scrutiny frequency increases and feedback is increasingly negative (for the good of the children) • Struggling and/or expensive older teachers are targeted for capability procedures (for the good of the children) • During capability procedures, goalposts are moved and support is minimal. Criticism is frequent (for the good of the children) • Opinions contrary to those of leadership are frowned upon, disparaged, laughed at (for the good of the children) • A climate of fear becomes the norm. Staff members talk about those who have left and why and wonder who is next (for the good of the children). Does this seem ridiculous? Impossible? Rare? Unfortunately it's neither impossible nor rare. It's more common than you may like to imagine. Ridiculous? Yes, I agree. I agree it is ridiculous to have anti-bullying policies in schools where staff members are routinely bullied, intimidated and threatened. It's ridiculous that a headteacher can behave this way in the 21st century with virtual impunity. Surely not, you say? Virtual impunity? Yes, virtual impunity. Who checks on headteachers? Ofsted? Do they? Do they really? Their visit is as carefully orchestrated as a Beethoven concerto. Staff members are warned about the consequences of going into a category of failing. Are teachers confidentially interviewed by Ofsted about their roles? No. So who does check up on them? The local authority? Do they? Do they really? Local authorities do not inspect schools, drop in or survey teaching staff. They do not check up on headteachers. Why would they? There's nothing wrong. So it's down to the governing body. But do they? Do they really? No, not as a matter of course. They attend governing body meetings after school where they talk to the head and senior leaders. They have arranged visits where everything can be set up beforehand and the head and senior leaders have given the staff members and children clear instructions and expectations. They get the party line from wary and subdued staff members. If something does eventually emerge, usually because of some form of industrial action, they are almost always "shocked," "flabbergasted" or "gobsmacked". They had no idea such a regime existed in their school – well, why would they? So who checks on headteachers and how they manage their staff members on a regular, formal basis? No one. Why would they? In my experience, heads can (and do in many schools) intimidate, bully, harass and threaten staff on a daily basis with impunity, justifying it as being for the good of the children, until for some reason a union gets involved. But what if a union doesn't get involved? As things stand, it will go on, day after day. Teachers will (and I speak from recent experience but not my own) cry themselves to sleep or over lunch or even in front of pupils, vomit on the way to work, take anti-depressants, drink to excess, resign. Oh but they could speak up? To whom? Who would listen? What might the consequences be? Isn't it better to keep your head down and get on? For the good of the children, they need hard-working, committed, dedicated, healthy, happy and confident teachers who feel secure, valued and appreciated. For the good of the children, they need teachers who want to get to work each day, who look forward to teaching, who get excited by the prospect of engaging in one of the most rewarding careers in the world. Yet some are suffering in all of the ways described above, with no end in sight except on the day they leave or retire. And unless a system is established that rigorously inspects how teaching staff are managed, much deeper than Ofsted does, they will continue to suffer, barring some event that exposes what is going on. That is Cherry Ridgway in a cocked hat. I am crying as I write this. Renny78
  • Score: 13

12:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

class71 wrote:
Sue Lee wrote: Pleckgate Gate. Is there no-one with any courage to tell us what's happened, why it was allowed to happen and what is going to happen?
Tauheedul Schools Academies will take over and show how schools are meant to be run. Watch and learn.
dream on sonny jim dream on....
[quote][p][bold]class71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sue Lee[/bold] wrote: Pleckgate Gate. Is there no-one with any courage to tell us what's happened, why it was allowed to happen and what is going to happen?[/p][/quote]Tauheedul Schools Academies will take over and show how schools are meant to be run. Watch and learn.[/p][/quote]dream on sonny jim dream on.... BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 2

12:29pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Eric Broadbent says...

I would advise any members of the teaching staff who feel they have been victimised and/or treated unfairly to consult a firm of solicitors who specialise in employment law - there is likely to be more than enough evidence to pursue claims against the headteacher
and LEA for failure in its duty of care. Unions are useless in this area - they just want to keep everything low profile and keep all parties happy, not fight for the rights of the individual.
I would advise any members of the teaching staff who feel they have been victimised and/or treated unfairly to consult a firm of solicitors who specialise in employment law - there is likely to be more than enough evidence to pursue claims against the headteacher and LEA for failure in its duty of care. Unions are useless in this area - they just want to keep everything low profile and keep all parties happy, not fight for the rights of the individual. Eric Broadbent
  • Score: 18

8:40pm Wed 12 Feb 14

whatishappening? says...

Parents – how do you think tomorrow’s meeting will go? Let me tell you. Cherry is forcing several teachers to read out statements written by her, just as she forced the senior leadership to apologise to all the staff following Ofsted. She has even drafted in the head of maths and head of science for added ‘muscle’. They’re being forced to say exactly what she tells them - no doubt about how great she is, what a mess the school was in when she arrived and how Ofsted agreed with everything she has done. Of course, out of fear for their jobs they’ll all do as they are told. So parents, demand Cherry, not her scapegoats. You see, Cherry, you are not the only one with eyes and ears everywhere.
Parents – how do you think tomorrow’s meeting will go? Let me tell you. Cherry is forcing several teachers to read out statements written by her, just as she forced the senior leadership to apologise to all the staff following Ofsted. She has even drafted in the head of maths and head of science for added ‘muscle’. They’re being forced to say exactly what she tells them - no doubt about how great she is, what a mess the school was in when she arrived and how Ofsted agreed with everything she has done. Of course, out of fear for their jobs they’ll all do as they are told. So parents, demand Cherry, not her scapegoats. You see, Cherry, you are not the only one with eyes and ears everywhere. whatishappening?
  • Score: 15

9:34am Thu 13 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

My questions.....i am not in Blackburn but wishing i was....

Q 1 - Please elaborate as to how/why OFSTED reported that there is a “A culture of mistrust has developed that is having a corrosive effect on the school.”

Q 2 - Why do your staff not trust or believe in your leadership when the previous head enjoyed huge support from all stakeholders of the school

Q 3 - Do you feel that your position is tenable given that the many parents and students have expressed their desire to see a new head appointed in your stead?

Q 4 - Its clear that your staff feel bullied and intimidated to the extent where pupils are suffering due to lack of teaching continuity how do you intend to engage better with your staff, if your intention is to oversee the destruction of this school

Q 5 - Is there a clear mandate from the LEA to convert this school in to an academy using you as a conduit to change the status of this school

Q 6 - at what point will you consider your position as Head of this school...failing results, teacher strikes, questioning your authority

Q 7 - How do you respond to the overwhelming calls via a petition for you to resign with immediate effect.

Q 8 - Do you feel you need to improve on your communication skills / technique

Q 9 - To those who are present in proxy support for the head please provide three clear examples as to what cherry could have done up to the improve the obvious perception that she is not supportive of her staff

Q 10 - If we as stakeholders of this school and you the custodian of this once great school accept that failings identified in the report have been have been as a result of mistrust that clearly stem from you style of management do you think we are entitled to question your ability to lead our school and potentially ruin our children's chance to succeed.

Q 11 - Please write on this piece of paper a figure that will result in your immediate removal from this school

Q 12 - to the Councillor present ....particular Kate Hollern...remind her that parents of those that attend the school represents a significant majority of labour support please demonstrate your ambitions of higher office by taking control and removing the individual that sowed the seed of mistrust....if not the ballot box will speak and my siginificant blackburn labour party donation (which is due before end of this tax year) will be diverted to support the wellbeing of hard working long standing teachers of this school (I have made Jack aware) sorry but this is a subject that will transcend any political loyalty...
My questions.....i am not in Blackburn but wishing i was.... Q 1 - Please elaborate as to how/why OFSTED reported that there is a “A culture of mistrust has developed that is having a corrosive effect on the school.” Q 2 - Why do your staff not trust or believe in your leadership when the previous head enjoyed huge support from all stakeholders of the school Q 3 - Do you feel that your position is tenable given that the many parents and students have expressed their desire to see a new head appointed in your stead? Q 4 - Its clear that your staff feel bullied and intimidated to the extent where pupils are suffering due to lack of teaching continuity how do you intend to engage better with your staff, if your intention is to oversee the destruction of this school Q 5 - Is there a clear mandate from the LEA to convert this school in to an academy using you as a conduit to change the status of this school Q 6 - at what point will you consider your position as Head of this school...failing results, teacher strikes, questioning your authority Q 7 - How do you respond to the overwhelming calls via a petition for you to resign with immediate effect. Q 8 - Do you feel you need to improve on your communication skills / technique Q 9 - To those who are present in proxy support for the head please provide three clear examples as to what cherry could have done up to the improve the obvious perception that she is not supportive of her staff Q 10 - If we as stakeholders of this school and you the custodian of this once great school accept that failings identified in the report have been have been as a result of mistrust that clearly stem from you style of management do you think we are entitled to question your ability to lead our school and potentially ruin our children's chance to succeed. Q 11 - Please write on this piece of paper a figure that will result in your immediate removal from this school Q 12 - to the Councillor present ....particular Kate Hollern...remind her that parents of those that attend the school represents a significant majority of labour support please demonstrate your ambitions of higher office by taking control and removing the individual that sowed the seed of mistrust....if not the ballot box will speak and my siginificant blackburn labour party donation (which is due before end of this tax year) will be diverted to support the wellbeing of hard working long standing teachers of this school (I have made Jack aware) sorry but this is a subject that will transcend any political loyalty... BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 8

9:49am Thu 13 Feb 14

BlackburnEyes says...

BlackburnEyes wrote:
My questions.....i am not in Blackburn but wishing i was.... Q 1 - Please elaborate as to how/why OFSTED reported that there is a “A culture of mistrust has developed that is having a corrosive effect on the school.” Q 2 - Why do your staff not trust or believe in your leadership when the previous head enjoyed huge support from all stakeholders of the school Q 3 - Do you feel that your position is tenable given that the many parents and students have expressed their desire to see a new head appointed in your stead? Q 4 - Its clear that your staff feel bullied and intimidated to the extent where pupils are suffering due to lack of teaching continuity how do you intend to engage better with your staff, if your intention is to oversee the destruction of this school Q 5 - Is there a clear mandate from the LEA to convert this school in to an academy using you as a conduit to change the status of this school Q 6 - at what point will you consider your position as Head of this school...failing results, teacher strikes, questioning your authority Q 7 - How do you respond to the overwhelming calls via a petition for you to resign with immediate effect. Q 8 - Do you feel you need to improve on your communication skills / technique Q 9 - To those who are present in proxy support for the head please provide three clear examples as to what cherry could have done up to the improve the obvious perception that she is not supportive of her staff Q 10 - If we as stakeholders of this school and you the custodian of this once great school accept that failings identified in the report have been have been as a result of mistrust that clearly stem from you style of management do you think we are entitled to question your ability to lead our school and potentially ruin our children's chance to succeed. Q 11 - Please write on this piece of paper a figure that will result in your immediate removal from this school Q 12 - to the Councillor present ....particular Kate Hollern...remind her that parents of those that attend the school represents a significant majority of labour support please demonstrate your ambitions of higher office by taking control and removing the individual that sowed the seed of mistrust....if not the ballot box will speak and my siginificant blackburn labour party donation (which is due before end of this tax year) will be diverted to support the wellbeing of hard working long standing teachers of this school (I have made Jack aware) sorry but this is a subject that will transcend any political loyalty...
hoping the last question at the very least comment is conveyed to the labour councillor present!
[quote][p][bold]BlackburnEyes[/bold] wrote: My questions.....i am not in Blackburn but wishing i was.... Q 1 - Please elaborate as to how/why OFSTED reported that there is a “A culture of mistrust has developed that is having a corrosive effect on the school.” Q 2 - Why do your staff not trust or believe in your leadership when the previous head enjoyed huge support from all stakeholders of the school Q 3 - Do you feel that your position is tenable given that the many parents and students have expressed their desire to see a new head appointed in your stead? Q 4 - Its clear that your staff feel bullied and intimidated to the extent where pupils are suffering due to lack of teaching continuity how do you intend to engage better with your staff, if your intention is to oversee the destruction of this school Q 5 - Is there a clear mandate from the LEA to convert this school in to an academy using you as a conduit to change the status of this school Q 6 - at what point will you consider your position as Head of this school...failing results, teacher strikes, questioning your authority Q 7 - How do you respond to the overwhelming calls via a petition for you to resign with immediate effect. Q 8 - Do you feel you need to improve on your communication skills / technique Q 9 - To those who are present in proxy support for the head please provide three clear examples as to what cherry could have done up to the improve the obvious perception that she is not supportive of her staff Q 10 - If we as stakeholders of this school and you the custodian of this once great school accept that failings identified in the report have been have been as a result of mistrust that clearly stem from you style of management do you think we are entitled to question your ability to lead our school and potentially ruin our children's chance to succeed. Q 11 - Please write on this piece of paper a figure that will result in your immediate removal from this school Q 12 - to the Councillor present ....particular Kate Hollern...remind her that parents of those that attend the school represents a significant majority of labour support please demonstrate your ambitions of higher office by taking control and removing the individual that sowed the seed of mistrust....if not the ballot box will speak and my siginificant blackburn labour party donation (which is due before end of this tax year) will be diverted to support the wellbeing of hard working long standing teachers of this school (I have made Jack aware) sorry but this is a subject that will transcend any political loyalty...[/p][/quote]hoping the last question at the very least comment is conveyed to the labour councillor present! BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Sue Lee says...

Wonder who's going to be allowed into Pleckgate tonight? Wonder who's going to attend from the powers that be?

Should be Chaired by a "neutral"? Shouldn't start till everyone's "in".

Is it only for parents of current pupils? 5:30 is a tricky time in families, people getting home from work, kids going to clubs, Madressas etc, tea times, people changing shifts?

Shouldn't Chair of Govnors chair it? Ms Ridgeback to attend? Independent full note taker? No reading from prepared texts? Will Council, town hall and ward councillors be allowed in and attend?

This meeting is very important. How many staff have left in last 18 months? How many suspended or disciplined? Role of Unions explained.

Unless full, frank, transparent, open, honest, easy to understand language...
Wonder who's going to be allowed into Pleckgate tonight? Wonder who's going to attend from the powers that be? Should be Chaired by a "neutral"? Shouldn't start till everyone's "in". Is it only for parents of current pupils? 5:30 is a tricky time in families, people getting home from work, kids going to clubs, Madressas etc, tea times, people changing shifts? Shouldn't Chair of Govnors chair it? Ms Ridgeback to attend? Independent full note taker? No reading from prepared texts? Will Council, town hall and ward councillors be allowed in and attend? This meeting is very important. How many staff have left in last 18 months? How many suspended or disciplined? Role of Unions explained. Unless full, frank, transparent, open, honest, easy to understand language... Sue Lee
  • Score: 11

2:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

Good luck to everyone who attends tonight's meeting. Sue Lee is spot on with her comments above.
I hope you manage to get some answers and a good outcome.
Good luck to everyone who attends tonight's meeting. Sue Lee is spot on with her comments above. I hope you manage to get some answers and a good outcome. Retired Teacher
  • Score: 6

5:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Renny78 says...

Walk or be sacked - she walked I am pleased to report!

http://www.blackburn
citizen.co.uk/news/1
1009552.Pleckgate_Hi
gh_School_headteache
r_takes_leave_of_abs
ence/?ref=var_0

Sleep soundly in your beds tonight pleckgaters! Xx
Walk or be sacked - she walked I am pleased to report! http://www.blackburn citizen.co.uk/news/1 1009552.Pleckgate_Hi gh_School_headteache r_takes_leave_of_abs ence/?ref=var_0 Sleep soundly in your beds tonight pleckgaters! Xx Renny78
  • Score: 7

6:10pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Retired Teacher says...

Really? That's amazing!
Really? That's amazing! Retired Teacher
  • Score: 4

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