Oasis Academy Mayfield head Ruth Johnson speaks out

Daily Echo: Oasis Academy Mayfield head Ruth Johnson Oasis Academy Mayfield head Ruth Johnson

THE head of the new city academy in Southampton whose students rampaged through corridors has hit back at her critics.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo she blamed some parts of the community and parents for inciting students to act because they were unhappy with change.

And Oasis Academy Mayfield principal Ruth Johnson insisted the protest was not an outburst of rivalry between former Woolston and Grove Park pupils but a impossible demand for their old schools back, particularly because of firmer rules on discipline.

Mrs Johnson said reports of up to 150 students were “exaggerated”. She insisted no more than 40 were involved and only one window and door was damaged.

There would likely be five exclusions as a result of 30 individuals disciplined, she confirmed.

Watch the first part of the exclusive interview

Mrs Johnson refused to acknowledge any management failings and suggested some students just needed longer to bed in.

She said she wanted parents and pupils to tell her of problems and issues and for parents to individually be involved in tailored curriculums for their children and out-of-school activities. She promised newsletters and better communication.

But Mrs Johnson insisted that she would hold fast to the academy’s code of conduct.

“It’s about making sure our students look smart, they behave well, they have respect, for the environment and the people around them. That they treat the community with respect. Those are traditional values that we will uphold,” she said.

She said timetabling problems would be fixed by next term and hit out at unions for “hugely exaggerating”

travel problems between the split sites, which affected only half a dozen staff.

She confirmed four support staff had resigned since the start of term, because “the academy wasn’t for them”.

The interview

What happened last week?At the end of breaktime, a relative small group decided to stay outside to make a comment. They were joined by a few more students.

Totalling no more than 40 students. They were there for probably three or four minutes then decided to move into the building. The majority were boys.

They decided to run along the top corridor of the school. Fifteen and 16-year-old boys running makes a lot of noise. There were probably two of three girls as well. During that time, one window got broken and one door got damaged and that was it.

The exaggerated claims were simply not true.

Why do eye witnesses claims higher figures of up to 150 rampaging students?

I was there and saw it happen. I can categorically state there were not that number of students.

There were classes continuing to go on during that time.

What disciplinary action was taken?

We identified who those students were, the actual number identified was 30 and that’s the number that have been sanctioned. We recognised them.

We contacted the parents who were asked to come to the school.

They were then sent home and some of them continue to be at home. There have been some permanent exclusions. To date there are likely to be five.

Why do you think they were doing this?

Students are like everybody else and find change difficult.

Unfortunately in this situation the students are being encouraged and in some cases incited by some of the adults who are finding change difficult – possibly parents, and there are other members of the community that are finding the change difficult.

They want their old schools back. And that’s sadly not going to happen. And so some of them are experiencing changes in teacher and working practices that I can understand for them is very difficult, particularly at this stage in their educational career.

That’s not a problem I’ve created that’s a problem I’m trying to resolve.

There were decisions made long before I decided to come and work for Oasis that were set in stone.

And that was the decision to close the two schools. Nothing that I do is going to bring that back.

Was it unprecedented?

We are talking about the type of thing that from time to time happens in secondary schools. I was exceptionally proud with the way my leadership team dealt with it.

Second part of the interview

What are you doing to stop a repeat of what happened last week?

What happened last week was over and done within 20 minutes, and we will do what we always do which is to make sure students are in lessons learning, that procedures are followed through appropriately. That where there is misbehaviour it is dealt with and sanctioned, and that where there are concerns they are listened to.

Do you expect any repeat of what happened?

If you had been in our academy on Thursday afternoon, it was like a millpond. If you had been there on a Friday it was like a millpond.

Did you adequately plan for the merger of these two schools?

I and my team around me have worked night and day to make sure everything is in place. What people don’t see is the phenomenal amount of bureaucracy that sits behind the opening of an academy. We inevitably were up against exceptionally tight deadlines. Of course we would have liked more time. But I’m very confident that all the educational framework was in place.

What problems did you anticipate setting up the academy?

You’ve got the merger of two schools. It’s the merger of a mixed school with a single sex school. It’s the merger of two schools who have been the participants in a rather acrimonious secondary school review. We have some very damaged and hurting communities. Re-establishing the confidence of that community has to be the number one priority.

We recognised there are many parents and families who would have gone to the previous schools and are going through the grieving process as well. Inevitably that was going to be one of the issues we faced.

The other issue we faced was bringing together two different cultures and two staffs who were used to different working practices.

The transition for the staff has been quite complex.

Did your planning work?

There has been a huge amount of integration work that has been done highly successfully. What people predicted was there would be this huge gang warfare between Woolston and Grove Park that has absolutely not happened.

I have not dealt with one incident where there has been territorial warfare.

What we’ve got is teenagers who’ve met some new friends, and got on really well. Yes, we’ve come in and put down some firm boundaries and firm guidelines.

As you well know, teenagers don’t like that. Inevitably there is going to be bedding down of that.

Parents and pupils say they feel let down, the school is not working, that you are not listening, and they are frustrated at things like timetabling problems and the school’s organisation?

We were never going to have from day one a highly achieving academy. If people are feeling let down they are making judgements too quickly.

My staff, particularly my leadership team are spending hours and hours listening to individual issues. I spend a lot of time responding to parents.

We want people to come and tell us where there are issues because unless they tell us we are not going to know how they are feeling. We’re not in any way saying “go away and don’t talk to us”.We would like some of them to do it a little more politely than they do but my leadership team has been here till 10pm making sure that where there are systems that are needing to be adapted we are willing to do that.

We were in here from the end of the summer. I was not allowed on this site until the first of September. I had this virtual school I had planned on paper that I had to make operational.

There will be inevitably things that need to be tweaked and we are doing that as quickly as we can. We operate a split site and staggered day. It was the only way we would could avoid a mass student movement across the sites.

That was my priority: making sure students felt secure and safe in one environment.

What you are looking at is staff who are not used to moving and have had to get used to very different working practices that are not ideal. I don’t want a split site but that’s what we have got (until the new buildings).

There were some minor issues with staff travel impacting on lunchtimes which we recognised at a very early stage was unacceptable and we have been working since then to redevelop areas of the timetable and after half term there will be some timetable changes.

That only impacted seven per cent of the teaching staff (of 90). That has been exaggerated hugely (by the unions).

The third instalment on the interview.

What are you doing now to address the issues of the integration?

There is no issue with the student bodies merging. There are some issues with some students for the first time in a long time having some very firm and clear boundaries established and some of the students are not used to it.

They are as any child will do, challenging those boundaries.

And we will continue to keep those boundaries firm and we will continue to hold fast to our code of conduct (for example) to respect the property around you.

There are some students preparing murals, there is gardening that’s going on. We have our student council, which is just about to be convened, and our prefect body.

We will include all students but there has to be a line drawn where we make this a safe and secure environment for students to learn.

It’s not a social club, it’s not a theme park, it’s a learning environment and students have to be ready to learn.

What changes do you want to have made by the year’s end?

We want to make sure our community has an understanding of what the academy is about, what our standards are going to be. Our first newsletter is about to go out.

And it’s about making sure communication is flowing freely into the community. People said ‘why didn’t you put out a newsletter earlier?’ Well actually we’ve had to wait for things to happen.

You can’t put a newsletter out without news. Over half-term a full newsletter will be going out to parents to explain some of the very positive things that have been happening at the academy. We want to get to a place where we are more settled into the new working practices.

Are you up to the job?

I don’t go for the superhero head thing. If a head does that they burn themselves out. But I am up to strategically managing the team around me, I would refer you to my track record where I picked up a school that I would suggest was in a worse state than this, that went into special measures three weeks after I arrived.

Are there other things you are going to be bringing in to better involve parents?

One of the things we are already involving them in is our Day Ten programme. We have a nine-day timetable then every tenth day we have extra curricular activities.

We are running our own Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme, some students are going sailing, some are going horse riding, we’ve got our own Army cadet corp, a rock challenge group. We’ve been able to bring in a wealth of volunteers from the community and some of those involve parents.

Part of our innovative curriculum is personalising the learning to each individual. And we want to involve parents on an individual basis.

My team have spent hours and hours talking to individual parents and listening to individual concerns: their particular learning needs, friendship issues, their worries, their concerns, their hopes , their dreams. All of those things we’ve got to be looking at on an individual basis.

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9:02am Thu 23 Oct 08

hulla baloo says...

I agree that bad behaviour should not be tolerated, but in asking for parents to join her, does she mean to listen and work in co-operation with them, or just plough through with her own aims?
Lets hope she listens to reason and is open to ideas and suggestions.
I agree that bad behaviour should not be tolerated, but in asking for parents to join her, does she mean to listen and work in co-operation with them, or just plough through with her own aims? Lets hope she listens to reason and is open to ideas and suggestions. hulla baloo
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9:19am Thu 23 Oct 08

sharpe says...

A very interesting interview. At the beginning the head tried to downplay the seriousness of the incident. At the end, she said it was very serious and has excluded 5 pupils because of it. Was it serious or was it just big lads making a noise with only minor damage caused? If it wasn't a major incident, why were so many excluded? Reading the comments from previous days, the main thread that comes through from parents and children is that the boss is not listening and responding to their genuine anxieties and concerns. Until this happens, the situation will not resolve itself.
A very interesting interview. At the beginning the head tried to downplay the seriousness of the incident. At the end, she said it was very serious and has excluded 5 pupils because of it. Was it serious or was it just big lads making a noise with only minor damage caused? If it wasn't a major incident, why were so many excluded? Reading the comments from previous days, the main thread that comes through from parents and children is that the boss is not listening and responding to their genuine anxieties and concerns. Until this happens, the situation will not resolve itself. sharpe
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9:24am Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

Thank you Ruth for your honesty. The vast majority of parents want this to succeed. It is our children's futures at stake.
Thank you Ruth for your honesty. The vast majority of parents want this to succeed. It is our children's futures at stake. john_do
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9:32am Thu 23 Oct 08

Forest Resident says...

Its interesting to note Ms Johnsons body language during this interview. She is continually looking down, giving short answers to the questions, fidgeting, and also comes across as very defensive. These are not attributes of someone who purports to be in control and disclosing the full story. What little she does say about the incident is incredibly guarded and is not at all consistent with the known facts. If Ms Johnson is prepared to address the public (through the media) in this manner, then the authorities need to ask serious questions about her ability to suitably manage the education of hundreds of Southamptons young people.
Its interesting to note Ms Johnsons body language during this interview. She is continually looking down, giving short answers to the questions, fidgeting, and also comes across as very defensive. These are not attributes of someone who purports to be in control and disclosing the full story. What little she does say about the incident is incredibly guarded and is not at all consistent with the known facts. If Ms Johnson is prepared to address the public (through the media) in this manner, then the authorities need to ask serious questions about her ability to suitably manage the education of hundreds of Southamptons young people. Forest Resident
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9:40am Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

This continual sniping will help no-one Forest Resident!
This continual sniping will help no-one Forest Resident! john_do
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9:44am Thu 23 Oct 08

wizard says...

if your as worried about your kids future schooling as i am email me at
oasisacademyparents@


gmail.com
we can then organise all these views and decide what action to take
if your as worried about your kids future schooling as i am email me at oasisacademyparents@ gmail.com we can then organise all these views and decide what action to take wizard
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9:50am Thu 23 Oct 08

Forest Resident says...

john_do wrote:
This continual sniping will help no-one Forest Resident!
I disagree, clearly there are questions that are yet to be fully answered and unless answered satisfactorily the education (and subsequent future) of hundreds of Southamptons young people is put in jeopardy.
[quote][p][bold]john_do[/bold] wrote: This continual sniping will help no-one Forest Resident![/p][/quote]I disagree, clearly there are questions that are yet to be fully answered and unless answered satisfactorily the education (and subsequent future) of hundreds of Southamptons young people is put in jeopardy. Forest Resident
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9:55am Thu 23 Oct 08

AngrySotonResident says...

john_do wrote:
Thank you Ruth for your honesty. The vast majority of parents want this to succeed. It is our children's futures at stake.
To be honest the vast majority want the old system back. The reason for the merger was due to falling class numbers, I believe. So why do they still need to sites to teach these children.

Woolston Language College was excelling and performance rating were increasing. The teachers and head kept the parents well integrated with the school and it's activities.

They also posted postcards to the children/parents for subject excellence. These were awarded to students who were achieving good class standards.

Since the new acadamy all of this has gone and children feel depressed and demoralised. They should have kept the heads of the old schools as they knew the students best.

I am angry at the council for allowing an inexperienced charity to set up a school which has real potential of destorying our childrens education. The council must take full reponsibility for this mess or face being sued.
[quote][p][bold]john_do[/bold] wrote: Thank you Ruth for your honesty. The vast majority of parents want this to succeed. It is our children's futures at stake. [/p][/quote]To be honest the vast majority want the old system back. The reason for the merger was due to falling class numbers, I believe. So why do they still need to sites to teach these children. Woolston Language College was excelling and performance rating were increasing. The teachers and head kept the parents well integrated with the school and it's activities. They also posted postcards to the children/parents for subject excellence. These were awarded to students who were achieving good class standards. Since the new acadamy all of this has gone and children feel depressed and demoralised. They should have kept the heads of the old schools as they knew the students best. I am angry at the council for allowing an inexperienced charity to set up a school which has real potential of destorying our childrens education. The council must take full reponsibility for this mess or face being sued. AngrySotonResident
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10:22am Thu 23 Oct 08

goard says...

Usually it is human instinct to stick to one's opinion and will not budge. Head teachers are chosen for their determination in their dogma, also trying to keep their jobs. Unfortunately, children use to be taught to do as they were told, but not nowadays. We have brought up our kids to think for themselves. After all, what kind of authority transplant these children into an opposing school en masse? It may be much better, the facilities may be great, but arn't the school authorities forgetting something - human nature, but this way it is like putting two opposing armies together. Parents hate to see their children hurting - it has all been put together without much thought to the psychology of humans.

goard
Usually it is human instinct to stick to one's opinion and will not budge. Head teachers are chosen for their determination in their dogma, also trying to keep their jobs. Unfortunately, children use to be taught to do as they were told, but not nowadays. We have brought up our kids to think for themselves. After all, what kind of authority transplant these children into an opposing school en masse? It may be much better, the facilities may be great, but arn't the school authorities forgetting something - human nature, but this way it is like putting two opposing armies together. Parents hate to see their children hurting - it has all been put together without much thought to the psychology of humans. goard goard
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10:26am Thu 23 Oct 08

TheTruthIknow says...

The body language of that lady says one thing to me. LIAR.
Speak the truth, Ruth, and you may well get to keep your job. I can categorically say the damage was more than one broken window, and I can categorically say the numbers involved were not just 40 students. Were you really there? I think not.
The body language of that lady says one thing to me. LIAR. Speak the truth, Ruth, and you may well get to keep your job. I can categorically say the damage was more than one broken window, and I can categorically say the numbers involved were not just 40 students. Were you really there? I think not. TheTruthIknow
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10:36am Thu 23 Oct 08

southy says...

Forest Resident, Marchwood i noticed that to,
a school is only has good has its teachers,and the teachers are only good has its headteacher,and i would say that head teacher needs to be replaced she is to pig headed to listen what is really wrong.and will plough though with her own agenga weather if its right or wrong.
Forest Resident, Marchwood i noticed that to, a school is only has good has its teachers,and the teachers are only good has its headteacher,and i would say that head teacher needs to be replaced she is to pig headed to listen what is really wrong.and will plough though with her own agenga weather if its right or wrong. southy
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10:47am Thu 23 Oct 08

Lone Ranger says...

Cor blimey since when have people who send in threads on this site been experts in Body language ??
The head said..40 kids that wers 15/16 years old. How many times do you lot write in condemming this age for causing trouble and malicious damage,WHY change your tune now ?? You are supporting them and their actions.
The bottom line is that no-one likes change and it takes a while to get used to it. I see this as all whipped up by a few kids and a minority of rebellious parents
Cor blimey since when have people who send in threads on this site been experts in Body language ?? The head said..40 kids that wers 15/16 years old. How many times do you lot write in condemming this age for causing trouble and malicious damage,WHY change your tune now ?? You are supporting them and their actions. The bottom line is that no-one likes change and it takes a while to get used to it. I see this as all whipped up by a few kids and a minority of rebellious parents Lone Ranger
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10:49am Thu 23 Oct 08

Mr E says...

Watch that womans Blink Rate.

something not right there
Watch that womans Blink Rate. something not right there Mr E
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10:56am Thu 23 Oct 08

timothy tuppence says...

I have rarely seen such an unconvincing interview from the head of any organisation

WHY is Ruth Johnson seeking the self publicity of a video interview on here when she should be sitting down talking to the scores of parents who want to discuss the children's failing education with her?

WHY is she - and the Echo - STILL totally ignoring the reasons behind the protest?

WHO are the "other members of the community", adults but not parents who support the protests ? That must be the teachers then .

"She CONFIRMED five pupils had already been permanently excluded."
I think the Echo needs to check the definition of confirmed, she clearly didn't have a clue whether it was 5 have been, will be or will remain subject to "the evidence".
I have rarely seen such an unconvincing interview from the head of any organisation WHY is Ruth Johnson seeking the self publicity of a video interview on here when she should be sitting down talking to the scores of parents who want to discuss the children's failing education with her? WHY is she - and the Echo - STILL totally ignoring the reasons behind the protest? WHO are the "other members of the community", adults but not parents who support the protests ? That must be the teachers then . "She CONFIRMED five pupils had already been permanently excluded." I think the Echo needs to check the definition of confirmed, she clearly didn't have a clue whether it was 5 have been, will be or will remain subject to "the evidence". timothy tuppence
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11:08am Thu 23 Oct 08

Lone Ranger says...

timothy tuppence wrote:
I have rarely seen such an unconvincing interview from the head of any organisation WHY is Ruth Johnson seeking the self publicity of a video interview on here when she should be sitting down talking to the scores of parents who want to discuss the children's failing education with her? WHY is she - and the Echo - STILL totally ignoring the reasons behind the protest? WHO are the "other members of the community", adults but not parents who support the protests ? That must be the teachers then . "She CONFIRMED five pupils had already been permanently excluded." I think the Echo needs to check the definition of confirmed, she clearly didn't have a clue whether it was 5 have been, will be or will remain subject to "the evidence".
Well i'verarely seen such an unconvincing arguement.
If she hadn't done or declined an interview you would have said "she has something to hide"
Adults do not have to be teachers it could older kids that have left the school or adults that had kids there WHY teachers.
She 4 excluded and depending on evidence it may be 5.

Oh why all the fuss and discussion lets HANG HER noe ....she LOOKS guilty. You can tell by her finger nails
[quote][p][bold]timothy tuppence[/bold] wrote: I have rarely seen such an unconvincing interview from the head of any organisation WHY is Ruth Johnson seeking the self publicity of a video interview on here when she should be sitting down talking to the scores of parents who want to discuss the children's failing education with her? WHY is she - and the Echo - STILL totally ignoring the reasons behind the protest? WHO are the "other members of the community", adults but not parents who support the protests ? That must be the teachers then . "She CONFIRMED five pupils had already been permanently excluded." I think the Echo needs to check the definition of confirmed, she clearly didn't have a clue whether it was 5 have been, will be or will remain subject to "the evidence".[/p][/quote]Well i'verarely seen such an unconvincing arguement. If she hadn't done or declined an interview you would have said "she has something to hide" Adults do not have to be teachers it could older kids that have left the school or adults that had kids there WHY teachers. She 4 excluded and depending on evidence it may be 5. Oh why all the fuss and discussion lets HANG HER noe ....she LOOKS guilty. You can tell by her finger nails Lone Ranger
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11:27am Thu 23 Oct 08

Forest Resident says...

Don't get me wrong, I completely condemn the reprehensible behaviour of the students involved in this fracas, and support whatever remedial measures the school deems appropriate. However, the management of the school is a completely seperate issue and one which in light of recent weeks evidently needs addressing. You do not need to be a body language expert to come to that conclusion!
Don't get me wrong, I completely condemn the reprehensible behaviour of the students involved in this fracas, and support whatever remedial measures the school deems appropriate. However, the management of the school is a completely seperate issue and one which in light of recent weeks evidently needs addressing. You do not need to be a body language expert to come to that conclusion! Forest Resident
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11:52am Thu 23 Oct 08

AngrySotonResident says...

We were never going to have from day one a highly achieving academy.

And to be honest never will do until proper measures are implemented, students have leactures that are in the classrooms at the beginning of lessons, more effort is made to maintain disipline within the classroom and not stop lessons midway, to provide more support for those student above year 7.

These are our children and those that do care for their education are being let down by this acadmey and council. Both must work harder after the half term if they want parental support.

This isn't all about change it's about maintaining the standard to which this acadamy has let slip through it's fingers, and the future of our offspring is suffering.
We were never going to have from day one a highly achieving academy. And to be honest never will do until proper measures are implemented, students have leactures that are in the classrooms at the beginning of lessons, more effort is made to maintain disipline within the classroom and not stop lessons midway, to provide more support for those student above year 7. These are our children and those that do care for their education are being let down by this acadmey and council. Both must work harder after the half term if they want parental support. This isn't all about change it's about maintaining the standard to which this acadamy has let slip through it's fingers, and the future of our offspring is suffering. AngrySotonResident
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12:01pm Thu 23 Oct 08

jjssan says...

As a former pupil of Woolston School Language College, I feel that the whole school system has gone downhill ever since the schools merged. Everyone was talking about it the day we found out that the school was going to close down.

My brother currently goes to the troubled site and he comes back every day from there saying that there has been either a small disruption in the school or a member of staff refusing to teach a class.

I feel that Ruth Johnson is not telling the whole story and if you need to hear the whole thing, ask the pupils that are going through all this trouble.
As a former pupil of Woolston School Language College, I feel that the whole school system has gone downhill ever since the schools merged. Everyone was talking about it the day we found out that the school was going to close down. My brother currently goes to the troubled site and he comes back every day from there saying that there has been either a small disruption in the school or a member of staff refusing to teach a class. I feel that Ruth Johnson is not telling the whole story and if you need to hear the whole thing, ask the pupils that are going through all this trouble. jjssan
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12:09pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

I went to Weston Park Boys School (Grove Park) I am not in the least upset that it has changed name or management. No talk in Mrs Johnson's interview of the stopping of lessons, which these students have chosen in the options two years ago. Their is also more unrest amongst the staff at the two sites than she is letting on. She was also in the play ground during this so called riot not in the building. It sounds to me that she wasn't at any time in control of this situation.
I went to Weston Park Boys School (Grove Park) I am not in the least upset that it has changed name or management. No talk in Mrs Johnson's interview of the stopping of lessons, which these students have chosen in the options two years ago. Their is also more unrest amongst the staff at the two sites than she is letting on. She was also in the play ground during this so called riot not in the building. It sounds to me that she wasn't at any time in control of this situation. NICK PAYNTER
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12:15pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

Her saying that the travel problems between the two sites only effects half a dozen staff is a joke, when it comes to students not being taught lessons in their important final year, especially with their exams looming. Would she find this appropriate if her own children were being treated this shodderly?
Her saying that the travel problems between the two sites only effects half a dozen staff is a joke, when it comes to students not being taught lessons in their important final year, especially with their exams looming. Would she find this appropriate if her own children were being treated this shodderly? NICK PAYNTER
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12:18pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

If one child is effected by these travel problems, then surely that is one child too many.
If one child is effected by these travel problems, then surely that is one child too many. NICK PAYNTER
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12:35pm Thu 23 Oct 08

carriecares says...

I have children at both sites of Oasis and since returning to school I have had several problems I have contacted the school yet no one contacts me back I would like to know who will take responsiblity when grades start to fall this merge of schools has been terrible and something should be done
I have children at both sites of Oasis and since returning to school I have had several problems I have contacted the school yet no one contacts me back I would like to know who will take responsiblity when grades start to fall this merge of schools has been terrible and something should be done carriecares
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1:11pm Thu 23 Oct 08

cherrypi says...

This woman's knickers must be on fire - she is such a liar! So much for her christian ideals - I thought truthfulness was core. This is stage managed - I am disgusted that the Echo has gone along with showing it. How dare she blame the parents, other schools have students from more difficult home circumstances and manage and teach them successfully. I also found her 'impression' of the students snobbish and insulting. She joined Oasis because she is a believer in their particular Christian ideology.As for denying the events in the school, she would do that wouldn't she - she must be on over £100k, she wouldn't want to lose that would she?
This woman's knickers must be on fire - she is such a liar! So much for her christian ideals - I thought truthfulness was core. This is stage managed - I am disgusted that the Echo has gone along with showing it. How dare she blame the parents, other schools have students from more difficult home circumstances and manage and teach them successfully. I also found her 'impression' of the students snobbish and insulting. She joined Oasis because she is a believer in their particular Christian ideology.As for denying the events in the school, she would do that wouldn't she - she must be on over £100k, she wouldn't want to lose that would she? cherrypi
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1:47pm Thu 23 Oct 08

kfan says...

As parents we should make a stand. I suggest we all keep our kids home on the first day back after half term. Who agrees? PS; Mrs Johnson, your interview has done you no favours!
As parents we should make a stand. I suggest we all keep our kids home on the first day back after half term. Who agrees? PS; Mrs Johnson, your interview has done you no favours! kfan
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1:58pm Thu 23 Oct 08

concernedmum says...

I agree that as parents we need to take some sort of action, however considering we have all been branded as bad parents who told our children to riot we need to take action peacefully. The email that is being circulated on the posts will help form some sort of action group.
I agree that as parents we need to take some sort of action, however considering we have all been branded as bad parents who told our children to riot we need to take action peacefully. The email that is being circulated on the posts will help form some sort of action group. concernedmum
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1:59pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

Apparently this trouble is a result of the forced merger of the two schools.
Apparently this trouble is a result of the forced merger of the two schools. Bright Spark
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2:05pm Thu 23 Oct 08

davesbabe says...

wizard wrote:
if your as worried about your kids future schooling as i am email me at oasisacademyparents@ gmail.com we can then organise all these views and decide what action to take
this email doesnt work i cant send the message can you repost it please?
[quote][p][bold]wizard[/bold] wrote: if your as worried about your kids future schooling as i am email me at oasisacademyparents@ gmail.com we can then organise all these views and decide what action to take[/p][/quote]this email doesnt work i cant send the message can you repost it please? davesbabe
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2:12pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

Have you considered writing to the chair of governors at the new Academy?
Have you considered writing to the chair of governors at the new Academy? john_do
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2:22pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Jhon.sonater says...

All I can say is that she will never admit the truth, and is under-exaggerating everything. To start ofF with, she wasn't even there at the start of the riot! Also, the damage was a lot worse than what she states. In addition, 20 minutes wasnt even the start of what happened- it went on for a lot longer and her claim that damage is fixed is a lie, along with her claim that there were only 2-3 girls. There were certainly more than that.
All I can say is that she will never admit the truth, and is under-exaggerating everything. To start ofF with, she wasn't even there at the start of the riot! Also, the damage was a lot worse than what she states. In addition, 20 minutes wasnt even the start of what happened- it went on for a lot longer and her claim that damage is fixed is a lie, along with her claim that there were only 2-3 girls. There were certainly more than that. Jhon.sonater
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2:35pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mazzie says...

As stated in Tuesdays echo my daughter had problems at the academy (Grove Rd) since starting year 8 in September. I made the decision to move her to a different school but have worried about whether I made the right decision by doing this. After watching the interview with Ruth Johnson & reading the comments I can safely say that my question has been answered it was definetly the right thing to do. I kept my daughter off from school for 5 days while making the arrangements for the move & not once did anyone contact me to question why she was absent..... says it all... & to see my daughter come home from school happy again is great.
As stated in Tuesdays echo my daughter had problems at the academy (Grove Rd) since starting year 8 in September. I made the decision to move her to a different school but have worried about whether I made the right decision by doing this. After watching the interview with Ruth Johnson & reading the comments I can safely say that my question has been answered it was definetly the right thing to do. I kept my daughter off from school for 5 days while making the arrangements for the move & not once did anyone contact me to question why she was absent..... says it all... & to see my daughter come home from school happy again is great. mazzie
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3:32pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Portswood Pete says...

john_do wrote:
Have you considered writing to the chair of governors at the new Academy?
No such thing as a Board of Governors at an Academy John, I think it's called an Academy Council. It doesn't matter anyway as the Council has been hand-picked by Oasis with no governors from predecessor schools. But as others have asked, if it was such a minor incedent, why are 5 pupils being expelled? If your son or daughter has been expelled from the school over this you should take Oasis to court and show them this video, minor incedent my ar....
[quote][p][bold]john_do[/bold] wrote: Have you considered writing to the chair of governors at the new Academy?[/p][/quote]No such thing as a Board of Governors at an Academy John, I think it's called an Academy Council. It doesn't matter anyway as the Council has been hand-picked by Oasis with no governors from predecessor schools. But as others have asked, if it was such a minor incedent, why are 5 pupils being expelled? If your son or daughter has been expelled from the school over this you should take Oasis to court and show them this video, minor incedent my ar.... Portswood Pete
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3:42pm Thu 23 Oct 08

JC65 says...

Not having gone to either school or heard or know of Ruth Johnson there is something seriously wrong at this school. It doesn't matter who or what is to blame, but will somebody please stand up and be counted and sort this mess out for these students!!!!!!!!!!!
Not having gone to either school or heard or know of Ruth Johnson there is something seriously wrong at this school. It doesn't matter who or what is to blame, but will somebody please stand up and be counted and sort this mess out for these students!!!!!!!!!!! JC65
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3:47pm Thu 23 Oct 08

SouthamptonMan says...

I am very disappointed with the people who comment who live outside the area and know NOTHING about the real facts or situation with the Academy. It does appear to me that rather than parents looking at STRIKE action, children taking action of their own or the Unions inflaming the situation, ALL OF WHICH will DAMAGE the Education of the Young People, all sides take up the offer of the school clearly stated in todays article, and speak to the Leaders at the school. Talk to them about your concerns, dont just run to the press to inflame the siutuation even further. After all its YOUR kids, YOUR community and YOU need to protect it and move forward with it. This school is 6 weeks old. It will take a short time to settle. Its bound to. Change has that effect on us all in all sorts of ways. Think about moving house.....change...i
t takes time to settle.....a new baby in the house.....it takes time to settle....It takes time to settle. Taking time to settle can only be helped when all those it involves, staff, pupils and parents work together to address issues of concern and resolve them ammicably.
As for those hangers on from anywhere else should keep their nose out without knowing TRUE and EVIDENCED facts. Local Parents should simply call the Leaders of the Academy and look at this objectively for a resolution, not just with a passionate (rightly so passionate) chorus of disapproval that sometimes gets people nowehere. Come on Community. Work it through together with staff and pupils together.
I am very disappointed with the people who comment who live outside the area and know NOTHING about the real facts or situation with the Academy. It does appear to me that rather than parents looking at STRIKE action, children taking action of their own or the Unions inflaming the situation, ALL OF WHICH will DAMAGE the Education of the Young People, all sides take up the offer of the school clearly stated in todays article, and speak to the Leaders at the school. Talk to them about your concerns, dont just run to the press to inflame the siutuation even further. After all its YOUR kids, YOUR community and YOU need to protect it and move forward with it. This school is 6 weeks old. It will take a short time to settle. Its bound to. Change has that effect on us all in all sorts of ways. Think about moving house.....change...i t takes time to settle.....a new baby in the house.....it takes time to settle....It takes time to settle. Taking time to settle can only be helped when all those it involves, staff, pupils and parents work together to address issues of concern and resolve them ammicably. As for those hangers on from anywhere else should keep their nose out without knowing TRUE and EVIDENCED facts. Local Parents should simply call the Leaders of the Academy and look at this objectively for a resolution, not just with a passionate (rightly so passionate) chorus of disapproval that sometimes gets people nowehere. Come on Community. Work it through together with staff and pupils together. SouthamptonMan
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3:53pm Thu 23 Oct 08

sherinsul says...

my son attends this 'problem' school and i feel that the last 2 years of school are the most important to their future, at present i feel the teachers and principal are not up to their jobs.Oasis Acadamy Mayfield ( woolston site) is becoming the FORGOTTEN school, teachers ther dont seem to have enough experience!!! ,where are the old teachers that my son had when he was at Woolson school!!, bring them back and something good may come of it. Bringing in teachers who have no experience are no good for the school, GCSE's are important. Come on parents , start kicking up a fuss and think of your childs future, i'm seriously thinking of my son's
my son attends this 'problem' school and i feel that the last 2 years of school are the most important to their future, at present i feel the teachers and principal are not up to their jobs.Oasis Acadamy Mayfield ( woolston site) is becoming the FORGOTTEN school, teachers ther dont seem to have enough experience!!! ,where are the old teachers that my son had when he was at Woolson school!!, bring them back and something good may come of it. Bringing in teachers who have no experience are no good for the school, GCSE's are important. Come on parents , start kicking up a fuss and think of your childs future, i'm seriously thinking of my son's sherinsul
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3:56pm Thu 23 Oct 08

kitty38 says...

My child is a year9 Oasis student and up until now has enjoyed his schooling at Woolston Language College where my child was in top sets. My child has made new friends from the Grove but the main problems are the learning. Kids are walking in and out of lessons when they want disrupting the classes, children arriving at school late(very late) and just drifting into lessons,no register being taken, children not going to their mentor groups at the end of day and walking out of school at 2.20pm and the sadest thing I heard today was my child saying their education DIED the first day that my child started at Oasis Academy Mayfield.
My child is a year9 Oasis student and up until now has enjoyed his schooling at Woolston Language College where my child was in top sets. My child has made new friends from the Grove but the main problems are the learning. Kids are walking in and out of lessons when they want disrupting the classes, children arriving at school late(very late) and just drifting into lessons,no register being taken, children not going to their mentor groups at the end of day and walking out of school at 2.20pm and the sadest thing I heard today was my child saying their education DIED the first day that my child started at Oasis Academy Mayfield. kitty38
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4:06pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

I found out that the Acdemey Council (governors) met this week. There are two governors from the old schools on the council. Billy Kennedy is the chair.
I found out that the Acdemey Council (governors) met this week. There are two governors from the old schools on the council. Billy Kennedy is the chair. john_do
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4:07pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Zoeeee93 says...

Argghhh!
Is she asking for another protest?
For god sake woman get your act together. Your pupils, the parents and even the staff are trying to say there is PROBLEM with the school.

LISTEN WILL YOU?!

And I even have a picture to prove there was more then 40 people. You did not act to the protest 'quickly' either, you just stood there on your phone.

Change the school before you cause more trouble.

Kids education are at risk here.
Argghhh! Is she asking for another protest? For god sake woman get your act together. Your pupils, the parents and even the staff are trying to say there is PROBLEM with the school. LISTEN WILL YOU?! And I even have a picture to prove there was more then 40 people. You did not act to the protest 'quickly' either, you just stood there on your phone. Change the school before you cause more trouble. Kids education are at risk here. Zoeeee93
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4:11pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

How should she CHANGE the school Zoeeee93? Be specific. All I hear is ranting. Please will someone suggest HOW?????
How should she CHANGE the school Zoeeee93? Be specific. All I hear is ranting. Please will someone suggest HOW????? john_do
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4:12pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Year10Kid says...

Bahhgarr! I Cant Belive This Woman..She Lies Soooo Much..On Thursday They Stayed In The Playground And Then Some People Joined Them..And There Was Banners And There Was Chants But Too Bad To Her Name For Mrs Johnson To Say They Were Chanting 'Mrs Johnson What A W*****!' And They Didnt Protest Because Of The Merger Of The Schools..We All Get On Fine.We Protested Because Nobody Listen To Us,Nobody Cares What We Have To Say,,,All Mrs Johnson Cares About Is Her Year 7's And Her Prefects..She Doesnt Care About Her Students Or Staff Just Herself And They Didnt Only Run About In The Top Corridor, They Ran Through Every Corridor And Then Eventually Reaching The Hall And Everyone Sat Down But Eventually Went Back To Lessons And In The Lessons There Is NO LEARNING And If Mrs Johnson Thinks There Is Learning Going On In Those Classrooms Then She Obviously Is Not The Right Person For The Job Absolutely No Working Goes On In Those Classroom ... Get Her Out!!!!
Bahhgarr! I Cant Belive This Woman..She Lies Soooo Much..On Thursday They Stayed In The Playground And Then Some People Joined Them..And There Was Banners And There Was Chants But Too Bad To Her Name For Mrs Johnson To Say They Were Chanting 'Mrs Johnson What A W*****!' And They Didnt Protest Because Of The Merger Of The Schools..We All Get On Fine.We Protested Because Nobody Listen To Us,Nobody Cares What We Have To Say,,,All Mrs Johnson Cares About Is Her Year 7's And Her Prefects..She Doesnt Care About Her Students Or Staff Just Herself And They Didnt Only Run About In The Top Corridor, They Ran Through Every Corridor And Then Eventually Reaching The Hall And Everyone Sat Down But Eventually Went Back To Lessons And In The Lessons There Is NO LEARNING And If Mrs Johnson Thinks There Is Learning Going On In Those Classrooms Then She Obviously Is Not The Right Person For The Job Absolutely No Working Goes On In Those Classroom ... Get Her Out!!!! Year10Kid
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4:14pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

So - Year10kid - what do you want to see CHANGE????? What aren't they hearing? I'm still none the wiser.
So - Year10kid - what do you want to see CHANGE????? What aren't they hearing? I'm still none the wiser. john_do
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4:20pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

Nearly half of England's teachers think pupil behaviour has deteriorated in their school in the past five years, a survey for the government suggests.

Some 48% of the 1,479 polled for the Teacher Voice survey said behaviour had worsened. This figure rose to 54% among secondary school teachers.

However, 70% of teachers overall said behaviour was either good or very good, and only 6% rated it as being poor.

Some eight out of 10 thought they were well equipped to manage behaviour.

However, more than a third of teachers disagreed with the claim that appropriate training was available in their school for teachers who were struggling with pupils' behaviour.

The researchers said they were confident the results were broadly representative of teachers nationally.

However, the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) said its own survey of 11,000 newly qualified teachers suggested 94% felt their training had equipped them to establish a good standard of behaviour in the classroom. Chief executive Graham Holley said: "We also note that newer teachers said that pupil behaviour had improved in the last five years, which coincides with recent improvements in support for managing behaviour in both initial teacher training and teacher induction introduced by the TDA."

'Edge of education'

Schools Secretary Ed Balls said the survey showed the media view of widespread disruption and lack of respect simply did not ring true for those actually teaching young people.

"Clearly, there are some problems and behaviour can always be better but it's important to be clear that generally behaviour is good and that schools now have the powers they need to deal with poor behaviour when it does occur."

The findings were published as ministers unveiled details of 12 pilot schemes aimed at ensuring youngsters excluded from school get back on track and do not end up in crime.

The schemes flow from plans announced in May to allow private companies, voluntary groups and independent schools to bid to run units for excluded pupils.

They include:

A project in Knowsley, in the north-west of England, offering work-based learning for young people involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, which follows an Army Cadet Force syllabus.
A scheme in Oxfordshire which includes a theatre trust and an arts centre which will target pupils aged 11 to 14 who are at risk of exclusion or offending.
A new London-wide scheme aimed at improving the life chances of excluded youngsters and diverting them from offending.
Mr Balls added: "Alternative provision has for far too long operated on the edge of the education system, only getting involved with children after they have been excluded.

"In the lead up to exclusion there are often opportunities to turn around behaviour before it's too late."

Nearly half of England's teachers think pupil behaviour has deteriorated in their school in the past five years, a survey for the government suggests. Some 48% of the 1,479 polled for the Teacher Voice survey said behaviour had worsened. This figure rose to 54% among secondary school teachers. However, 70% of teachers overall said behaviour was either good or very good, and only 6% rated it as being poor. Some eight out of 10 thought they were well equipped to manage behaviour. However, more than a third of teachers disagreed with the claim that appropriate training was available in their school for teachers who were struggling with pupils' behaviour. The researchers said they were confident the results were broadly representative of teachers nationally. However, the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) said its own survey of 11,000 newly qualified teachers suggested 94% felt their training had equipped them to establish a good standard of behaviour in the classroom. Chief executive Graham Holley said: "We also note that newer teachers said that pupil behaviour had improved in the last five years, which coincides with recent improvements in support for managing behaviour in both initial teacher training and teacher induction introduced by the TDA." 'Edge of education' Schools Secretary Ed Balls said the survey showed the media view of widespread disruption and lack of respect simply did not ring true for those actually teaching young people. "Clearly, there are some problems and behaviour can always be better but it's important to be clear that generally behaviour is good and that schools now have the powers they need to deal with poor behaviour when it does occur." The findings were published as ministers unveiled details of 12 pilot schemes aimed at ensuring youngsters excluded from school get back on track and do not end up in crime. The schemes flow from plans announced in May to allow private companies, voluntary groups and independent schools to bid to run units for excluded pupils. They include: A project in Knowsley, in the north-west of England, offering work-based learning for young people involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, which follows an Army Cadet Force syllabus. A scheme in Oxfordshire which includes a theatre trust and an arts centre which will target pupils aged 11 to 14 who are at risk of exclusion or offending. A new London-wide scheme aimed at improving the life chances of excluded youngsters and diverting them from offending. Mr Balls added: "Alternative provision has for far too long operated on the edge of the education system, only getting involved with children after they have been excluded. "In the lead up to exclusion there are often opportunities to turn around behaviour before it's too late." john_do
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4:25pm Thu 23 Oct 08

davesbabe says...

umm i think the gist of it is that they want to learn and tackle the bullying etc john_do, nobody is getting listened to so how can anyone change anything?
umm i think the gist of it is that they want to learn and tackle the bullying etc john_do, nobody is getting listened to so how can anyone change anything? davesbabe
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4:26pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

Thanks davesbabe. A sensible post at last. So if they are the issues how can they be addressed?
Thanks davesbabe. A sensible post at last. So if they are the issues how can they be addressed? john_do
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4:28pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Condor Man says...

For the past 11 years we've had an education system that wants to work 'in partnership' with parents and pupils. This never happened in the past and looking back pupils were better behaved and although they weren't awash with qualifications they did leave school able to get jobs afterwards.

Sadly many people can't obey rules, adults or children, and this incident reflects badly on them. I can't demand my own way at work so why should pupils in schools- or their parents? The system has to be in charge.
For the past 11 years we've had an education system that wants to work 'in partnership' with parents and pupils. This never happened in the past and looking back pupils were better behaved and although they weren't awash with qualifications they did leave school able to get jobs afterwards. Sadly many people can't obey rules, adults or children, and this incident reflects badly on them. I can't demand my own way at work so why should pupils in schools- or their parents? The system has to be in charge. Condor Man
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4:33pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

That's a good point Condor Man. We didn't have this 'freedom of expression' (website) either - where we could express whatever we want. Everyone is very brave when they're anonymous. Not sure if that is good or bad?
That's a good point Condor Man. We didn't have this 'freedom of expression' (website) either - where we could express whatever we want. Everyone is very brave when they're anonymous. Not sure if that is good or bad? john_do
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4:33pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Year10Kid says...

Well Just We Would All Like The 'Leadership Team' To Actually Listen To Us..Take Me Consideration Of What We Want An Actual School Or 'Academy' Not The Shambles Which We Are In Now And Above All...A New Principal..Just Who Does She Think She Is?
Well Just We Would All Like The 'Leadership Team' To Actually Listen To Us..Take Me Consideration Of What We Want An Actual School Or 'Academy' Not The Shambles Which We Are In Now And Above All...A New Principal..Just Who Does She Think She Is? Year10Kid
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4:35pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

What do you want to see change then Year10kid? I know you've said you want to be listened to but what do you want to say?
What do you want to see change then Year10kid? I know you've said you want to be listened to but what do you want to say? john_do
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4:35pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

What do you want to see change then Year10kid? I know you've said you want to be listened to but what do you want to say?
What do you want to see change then Year10kid? I know you've said you want to be listened to but what do you want to say? john_do
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4:42pm Thu 23 Oct 08

dcaals says...

I was a colleague of Ruth Johnson for many years when we were at another Southampton school together, and I wish to pay tribute to the total dedication to the welfare and fulfilment of the students under her care that has always been her hallmark. If firm boundaries and discipline are required it is because students do not always have an upbringing that is loving and consistently fair, such that they know how to respect themselves and others. Students are not always filled by our politicians and celebrities with hope for a bright and successful future, so that they know the rewards of working hard. The situation at Oasis is complex, and I expect Ruth Johnson will recognise many ways in which improvements can be made; but her basic principle of applying ‘tough love’ remains the right one, and I believe she is the right person for the job.

I was a colleague of Ruth Johnson for many years when we were at another Southampton school together, and I wish to pay tribute to the total dedication to the welfare and fulfilment of the students under her care that has always been her hallmark. If firm boundaries and discipline are required it is because students do not always have an upbringing that is loving and consistently fair, such that they know how to respect themselves and others. Students are not always filled by our politicians and celebrities with hope for a bright and successful future, so that they know the rewards of working hard. The situation at Oasis is complex, and I expect Ruth Johnson will recognise many ways in which improvements can be made; but her basic principle of applying ‘tough love’ remains the right one, and I believe she is the right person for the job. dcaals
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4:49pm Thu 23 Oct 08

bemused26 says...

I wanted a new head teacher when I was at school too. She was rude, didn't listen to any of the kids, was horrible, mean and generally hated by all the students. The only people that learned anything at the school were the ones who wanted to. Learning is a two way relationship, it is not all down to the teachers. Many came out with nothing- and it was their own fault. The others, who wanted to learn, did so with the help of the teachers- not the head teacher. We would never have dreamed of having a protest because we didn't like the head teacher. It is not normal to like your head teacher!! They are the boss, end of. If I don't like my boss at work, I can't rally the other employees and try to force him out by chanting offensive slogans at him and having a violent protest! For children to be chanting such offensive bile at a woman is horrific. And yes, they are all children, even the ones who act like little adults. And by the way, I knew Mrs Johnson when I was a kid and I remember her body language and voice and everything pretty much always being like in that video- that's how she is, or was rather. I don't know her now.
I think it is very true what some people are saying- our children have been given too many 'rights' (not saying they shouldn't have some of course!) but over the last 10 years or so, maybe a bit more, they've got a lot more bolshy. I finished school 10 years ago, and whilst I was not a favourite pupil, I would never go as far out of line as some of todays kids do. It really panics me to think what the generation after this one will be like... it is just getting steadily worse. I hope all involved feel ashamed of themselves.
I wanted a new head teacher when I was at school too. She was rude, didn't listen to any of the kids, was horrible, mean and generally hated by all the students. The only people that learned anything at the school were the ones who wanted to. Learning is a two way relationship, it is not all down to the teachers. Many came out with nothing- and it was their own fault. The others, who wanted to learn, did so with the help of the teachers- not the head teacher. We would never have dreamed of having a protest because we didn't like the head teacher. It is not normal to like your head teacher!! They are the boss, end of. If I don't like my boss at work, I can't rally the other employees and try to force him out by chanting offensive slogans at him and having a violent protest! For children to be chanting such offensive bile at a woman is horrific. And yes, they are all children, even the ones who act like little adults. And by the way, I knew Mrs Johnson when I was a kid and I remember her body language and voice and everything pretty much always being like in that video- that's how she is, or was rather. I don't know her now. I think it is very true what some people are saying- our children have been given too many 'rights' (not saying they shouldn't have some of course!) but over the last 10 years or so, maybe a bit more, they've got a lot more bolshy. I finished school 10 years ago, and whilst I was not a favourite pupil, I would never go as far out of line as some of todays kids do. It really panics me to think what the generation after this one will be like... it is just getting steadily worse. I hope all involved feel ashamed of themselves. bemused26
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4:55pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Orry-exgrove teacher says...

Its really not that difficult john do i think he and the rest of the pupils are saying they want a decent standard of teaching and a fair crack at getting the GCSE´s that many were on course for this time last year. I think they are saying that they would like a headmistress that takes time to actually go into classes and see what the learning is like - perhaps even to teach occassionally if required rather than hide in her office and show around visitors. I think they want some honesty as to how bad the situation really has become, these upper school pupils have been abandoned completely and its a complete disgrace. I think they are saying that some of the resources ploughed into year 7 would should be shared with the pupils whose future rests on the next 6 or 8 months. HONESTY, is that too much to ask for really??? Am i the only one to be repulsed by a person who has no time to speak to parents or pupils but has time to invite camera´s into her office to do a staged interview!!?? Surely even Steve Chalk or John Denham can see how unacceptble that is.
The case of Julie Burns highlights this clearly. The pupils and parents have made it clear what they want but PEOPLE ARE NOT LISTENING!!!
A pupil who i know very well who i took abroad as a prefect and who was a credit to himself, his family and the community with his behaviour and maturity has been excluded by Ruth Johnston without her ever meeting him or his parents and without any intervew or presentation of any evidence against him. Is this fair in this day and age.
I want to repeat just to reinforce my point, how the hell do you have time to invite camera crews into your office for interviews but still refuse to meet any of the parents begging for communication.
Is it sheer arrogance or some kind of spiteful act of defiance??
I emailed Ruth politely suggesting that communication with the parents would go some way to building relationships and good will....guess what...no response!!!
i have nothing but aympathy for these poor parents and pupils
Its really not that difficult john do i think he and the rest of the pupils are saying they want a decent standard of teaching and a fair crack at getting the GCSE´s that many were on course for this time last year. I think they are saying that they would like a headmistress that takes time to actually go into classes and see what the learning is like - perhaps even to teach occassionally if required rather than hide in her office and show around visitors. I think they want some honesty as to how bad the situation really has become, these upper school pupils have been abandoned completely and its a complete disgrace. I think they are saying that some of the resources ploughed into year 7 would should be shared with the pupils whose future rests on the next 6 or 8 months. HONESTY, is that too much to ask for really??? Am i the only one to be repulsed by a person who has no time to speak to parents or pupils but has time to invite camera´s into her office to do a staged interview!!?? Surely even Steve Chalk or John Denham can see how unacceptble that is. The case of Julie Burns highlights this clearly. The pupils and parents have made it clear what they want but PEOPLE ARE NOT LISTENING!!! A pupil who i know very well who i took abroad as a prefect and who was a credit to himself, his family and the community with his behaviour and maturity has been excluded by Ruth Johnston without her ever meeting him or his parents and without any intervew or presentation of any evidence against him. Is this fair in this day and age. I want to repeat just to reinforce my point, how the hell do you have time to invite camera crews into your office for interviews but still refuse to meet any of the parents begging for communication. Is it sheer arrogance or some kind of spiteful act of defiance?? I emailed Ruth politely suggesting that communication with the parents would go some way to building relationships and good will....guess what...no response!!! i have nothing but aympathy for these poor parents and pupils Orry-exgrove teacher
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4:59pm Thu 23 Oct 08

john_do says...

She has to have the right to put her side of the case Orry-exgrove teacher. You would grant her that surely? Whether you belive her or not is another story but I have no problem in her expresing her side. We all know that every situation has at least two sides.
She has to have the right to put her side of the case Orry-exgrove teacher. You would grant her that surely? Whether you belive her or not is another story but I have no problem in her expresing her side. We all know that every situation has at least two sides. john_do
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5:02pm Thu 23 Oct 08

adelewhite says...

As a former student from the school ruth claims it was in a worse state i dont think its right for her to say what she has said she was only there for about 3years and in that time i think there had been more permanent exclusions than there ever has been at that school,Cantell. she cant blame anyone at Mayfield or their parents to me it just seems an easy option for her to blame other people. Its not because of the change its because she is not prepared to listen to her student or parents. Its a good interview she can try and fool anyone but the facts speak for themselves and whats the point in LYING about it.Talk about not going for the superhero head thing.
As a former student from the school ruth claims it was in a worse state i dont think its right for her to say what she has said she was only there for about 3years and in that time i think there had been more permanent exclusions than there ever has been at that school,Cantell. she cant blame anyone at Mayfield or their parents to me it just seems an easy option for her to blame other people. Its not because of the change its because she is not prepared to listen to her student or parents. Its a good interview she can try and fool anyone but the facts speak for themselves and whats the point in LYING about it.Talk about not going for the superhero head thing. adelewhite
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5:42pm Thu 23 Oct 08

cgt says...

Like dcaals, I was a colleague of Ruth Johnson for many years in another Southampton school. These are very early days for the Oasis Academy and, although I do not agree with the idea of academies in principle, I think she deserves a chance to show what she can do as leader of this new school. I think that given time and patience on the part of all parents, she will be just the person to sort things out. I also believe that nobody deserves the sort of vilification to which she has been subjected to in the past few days. The comments posted on this site by some say a lot more about those people themselves than they do about Ruth Johnson.
Like dcaals, I was a colleague of Ruth Johnson for many years in another Southampton school. These are very early days for the Oasis Academy and, although I do not agree with the idea of academies in principle, I think she deserves a chance to show what she can do as leader of this new school. I think that given time and patience on the part of all parents, she will be just the person to sort things out. I also believe that nobody deserves the sort of vilification to which she has been subjected to in the past few days. The comments posted on this site by some say a lot more about those people themselves than they do about Ruth Johnson. cgt
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5:44pm Thu 23 Oct 08

baz1 says...

I only wish I was paid,like Mrs Johnson, £100,000+ a year for overseeing such a disaster.
It is she who should be expelled!
I only wish I was paid,like Mrs Johnson, £100,000+ a year for overseeing such a disaster. It is she who should be expelled! baz1
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5:57pm Thu 23 Oct 08

wilko says...

Has anyone seen the Ofsted report for Cantell - Ruth's old school. They got inspected about two weeks ago... and the section on leadership and management says this:

"Leadership and management are satisfactory. They have benefited from the fresh approach of the new headteacher. She has radically re-organised the senior leadership and has started to empower middle management. She has done this by engaging a broad consensus of opinions, so that staff have closely shared values and priorities."

Draw your own conclusions about what they are inferring about Ruth's management style. Surely in part this backs up the points of view of the current staff and pupils.
Has anyone seen the Ofsted report for Cantell - Ruth's old school. They got inspected about two weeks ago... and the section on leadership and management says this: "Leadership and management are satisfactory. They have benefited from the fresh approach of the new headteacher. She has radically re-organised the senior leadership and has started to empower middle management. She has done this by engaging a broad consensus of opinions, so that staff have closely shared values and priorities." Draw your own conclusions about what they are inferring about Ruth's management style. Surely in part this backs up the points of view of the current staff and pupils. wilko
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6:00pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mmmmm says...

Where do people get these figures from, £100K per annum, 14 deputies?????
Where do people get these figures from, £100K per annum, 14 deputies????? mmmmm
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6:03pm Thu 23 Oct 08

D.a.v.e says...

dcaals wrote:
I was a colleague of Ruth Johnson for many years when we were at another Southampton school together, and I wish to pay tribute to the total dedication to the welfare and fulfilment of the students under her care that has always been her hallmark. If firm boundaries and discipline are required it is because students do not always have an upbringing that is loving and consistently fair, such that they know how to respect themselves and others. Students are not always filled by our politicians and celebrities with hope for a bright and successful future, so that they know the rewards of working hard. The situation at Oasis is complex, and I expect Ruth Johnson will recognise many ways in which improvements can be made; but her basic principle of applying ‘tough love’ remains the right one, and I believe she is the right person for the job.
Rest of the world - 344
Ruth Johnson - 1
[quote][p][bold]dcaals[/bold] wrote: I was a colleague of Ruth Johnson for many years when we were at another Southampton school together, and I wish to pay tribute to the total dedication to the welfare and fulfilment of the students under her care that has always been her hallmark. If firm boundaries and discipline are required it is because students do not always have an upbringing that is loving and consistently fair, such that they know how to respect themselves and others. Students are not always filled by our politicians and celebrities with hope for a bright and successful future, so that they know the rewards of working hard. The situation at Oasis is complex, and I expect Ruth Johnson will recognise many ways in which improvements can be made; but her basic principle of applying ‘tough love’ remains the right one, and I believe she is the right person for the job. [/p][/quote]Rest of the world - 344 Ruth Johnson - 1 D.a.v.e
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6:03pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Claireee Faireee says...

I've worked with Ruth Johnson - not in the leadership team or anything -but as a classroom teacher.

From my experience, she is warm, positive and has high expectations.

She was well respected by staff/students - and missed when she moved on to new challenges.

Any school with her leading - has the potential to be outstanding. Parents and students ought to be excited about the change.

The reason she has high expectations - is because Ruth Johnson cares about students making the most of their educational experiences and achieving their potential.

She believes in what she is doing and HAS proven she is up to the job from the success Cantell has turned out to be.

Give her a chance to show you what she can achieve for your children.

She is working hard to facilitate educational opportunities with her leadership team. But it must be a bit difficult if they are distracted from this with protests and sensational headlines - which hype the community into a frenzy of negativity and anger.

Rest assured that she is sound and genuine.

As a teacher, working under Ruth - meant that great structures were in place to manage behaviour etc - that made life in the classroom calm and we were able to work with the students - teaching and learning effectively. Student engagement and enjoyment in lessons were evident.

This is continuing under our new headteacher - though some feared it wouldn't. Like some of you are feeling - we weren't all embracing about the change to begin with.

How absurd! - we were sad to lose her - you are sad to have her!

Rome wasn't built in a day. It will get there. She is not claiming that the school is where she wants it to be yet. She has expressed care and concern for a community that feels hurt and upset by the process of change.

I personally think it would be sensible and helpful for concerned parents to make their suggestions/complain
ts in a way that will not cause a hinderance to student progress or spawn negativity.

Getting angry and lashing out won't help anyone - just spawn confusion and unhappiness amongst the community and most importantly - the students. xx
I've worked with Ruth Johnson - not in the leadership team or anything -but as a classroom teacher. From my experience, she is warm, positive and has high expectations. She was well respected by staff/students - and missed when she moved on to new challenges. Any school with her leading - has the potential to be outstanding. Parents and students ought to be excited about the change. The reason she has high expectations - is because Ruth Johnson cares about students making the most of their educational experiences and achieving their potential. She believes in what she is doing and HAS proven she is up to the job from the success Cantell has turned out to be. Give her a chance to show you what she can achieve for your children. She is working hard to facilitate educational opportunities with her leadership team. But it must be a bit difficult if they are distracted from this with protests and sensational headlines - which hype the community into a frenzy of negativity and anger. Rest assured that she is sound and genuine. As a teacher, working under Ruth - meant that great structures were in place to manage behaviour etc - that made life in the classroom calm and we were able to work with the students - teaching and learning effectively. Student engagement and enjoyment in lessons were evident. This is continuing under our new headteacher - though some feared it wouldn't. Like some of you are feeling - we weren't all embracing about the change to begin with. How absurd! - we were sad to lose her - you are sad to have her! Rome wasn't built in a day. It will get there. She is not claiming that the school is where she wants it to be yet. She has expressed care and concern for a community that feels hurt and upset by the process of change. I personally think it would be sensible and helpful for concerned parents to make their suggestions/complain ts in a way that will not cause a hinderance to student progress or spawn negativity. Getting angry and lashing out won't help anyone - just spawn confusion and unhappiness amongst the community and most importantly - the students. xx Claireee Faireee
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6:08pm Thu 23 Oct 08

julie burns says...

I would like to thank orry for his comments about Jordan - it means a lot right now. Jordan is a fit and healthy 15yr old who has his whole life ahead of him, i will not allow OASIS ACADEMY to wreck his future...i am appealing against the schools descision and have been seeking legal advice....i understand change - i accept change -- but it has been handled all wrong - a few children have suffered in this mess - i beleive more will follow - my son is one of them.
I would like to thank orry for his comments about Jordan - it means a lot right now. Jordan is a fit and healthy 15yr old who has his whole life ahead of him, i will not allow OASIS ACADEMY to wreck his future...i am appealing against the schools descision and have been seeking legal advice....i understand change - i accept change -- but it has been handled all wrong - a few children have suffered in this mess - i beleive more will follow - my son is one of them. julie burns
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6:30pm Thu 23 Oct 08

localangrymum says...

Liar, Liar, Liar = Ruth Johnson.
Daily Echo - Please print the real reasons that these kids are so frustrated. People have been stating them for the last few days on this site, when will they get heard! It's not just the pupils that are angry, it's also the parents and the staff!!!!!!!
And john_do. Do you actually have any involvement with this school?
Liar, Liar, Liar = Ruth Johnson. Daily Echo - Please print the real reasons that these kids are so frustrated. People have been stating them for the last few days on this site, when will they get heard! It's not just the pupils that are angry, it's also the parents and the staff!!!!!!! And john_do. Do you actually have any involvement with this school? localangrymum
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6:35pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Year10Kid says...

Mrs Johnson is ****!
Mrs Johnson is ****! Year10Kid
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6:36pm Thu 23 Oct 08

SUPERTOAD says...

I clearly remember when I was at Grammar school many years ago. Most of the "Masters" were Bolshi, Trotskyite bigots who worked for half a day got paid a huge sum of money and got 13 weeks holiday a year. Spent most of their time moaning because the world did not owe them a living. Nothing that has occurred since has caused me to change my mind. This episode fully illustrates the incompetence that i experienced. When a well paid, educated idiot take charge of children entrusted to the by many parents they should respond responsibly, not duck them! This particular Headmistress appears to have forgotten her primary purpose. Or taken leave of her senses! Take your pick!
I clearly remember when I was at Grammar school many years ago. Most of the "Masters" were Bolshi, Trotskyite bigots who worked for half a day got paid a huge sum of money and got 13 weeks holiday a year. Spent most of their time moaning because the world did not owe them a living. Nothing that has occurred since has caused me to change my mind. This episode fully illustrates the incompetence that i experienced. When a well paid, educated idiot take charge of children entrusted to the by many parents they should respond responsibly, not duck them! This particular Headmistress appears to have forgotten her primary purpose. Or taken leave of her senses! Take your pick! SUPERTOAD
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6:38pm Thu 23 Oct 08

SUPERTOAD says...

I clearly remember when I was at Grammar school many years ago. Most of the "Masters" were Bolshi, Trotskyite bigots who worked for half a day got paid a huge sum of money and got 13 weeks holiday a year. Spent most of their time moaning because the world did not owe them a living. Nothing that has occurred since has caused me to change my mind. This episode fully illustrates the incompetence that i experienced. When a well paid, educated idiot take charge of children entrusted to the by many parents they should respond responsibly, not duck them! This particular Headmistress appears to have forgotten her primary purpose. Or taken leave of her senses! Take your pick!
I clearly remember when I was at Grammar school many years ago. Most of the "Masters" were Bolshi, Trotskyite bigots who worked for half a day got paid a huge sum of money and got 13 weeks holiday a year. Spent most of their time moaning because the world did not owe them a living. Nothing that has occurred since has caused me to change my mind. This episode fully illustrates the incompetence that i experienced. When a well paid, educated idiot take charge of children entrusted to the by many parents they should respond responsibly, not duck them! This particular Headmistress appears to have forgotten her primary purpose. Or taken leave of her senses! Take your pick! SUPERTOAD
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6:45pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Condor Man says...

Instead of trying to install discipline and aim for high standards why doesn't Mrs Johnson just bow to the pressure from parents and pupils and allow them to run riot around the school destroying equipment I'VE PAID TAX TO PAY FOR. Then, in 5 years time the pupils will leave school with no values, no qualifications and no prospects.

Let's not beat around the bush. I'm sure that kids in Southampton LEA schools are no less intelligent than those in Winchester or Eastleigh yet they achieve so much less. Why? basically because they come into school with such low expectations.

Why not pull your kids out of Mayfield and send them to Woodlands or Chamberlayne, they'd fit in well there.
Instead of trying to install discipline and aim for high standards why doesn't Mrs Johnson just bow to the pressure from parents and pupils and allow them to run riot around the school destroying equipment I'VE PAID TAX TO PAY FOR. Then, in 5 years time the pupils will leave school with no values, no qualifications and no prospects. Let's not beat around the bush. I'm sure that kids in Southampton LEA schools are no less intelligent than those in Winchester or Eastleigh yet they achieve so much less. Why? basically because they come into school with such low expectations. Why not pull your kids out of Mayfield and send them to Woodlands or Chamberlayne, they'd fit in well there. Condor Man
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6:47pm Thu 23 Oct 08

old_grove_pupil says...

Year10Kid wrote:
Mrs Johnson is ****!
i agree with Year10Kid Mrs Johnson is a terrible head teacher and lots of students agree
[quote][p][bold]Year10Kid[/bold] wrote: Mrs Johnson is ****![/p][/quote]i agree with Year10Kid Mrs Johnson is a terrible head teacher and lots of students agree old_grove_pupil
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6:49pm Thu 23 Oct 08

cgt says...

Supertoad, we obviously had different experiences in our respective grammar schools. In your case, the 'grammar' part seems to have eluded you.
Supertoad, we obviously had different experiences in our respective grammar schools. In your case, the 'grammar' part seems to have eluded you. cgt
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6:51pm Thu 23 Oct 08

cherrypi says...

mmmmm wrote:
Where do people get these figures from, £100K per annum, 14 deputies?????
Trust me, the salary is accurate. As for the leadership, Oasis have put an emphasis on a top heavy staffing structure probably funded by cutting down on other staff.
[quote][p][bold]mmmmm[/bold] wrote: Where do people get these figures from, £100K per annum, 14 deputies?????[/p][/quote]Trust me, the salary is accurate. As for the leadership, Oasis have put an emphasis on a top heavy staffing structure probably funded by cutting down on other staff. cherrypi
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7:07pm Thu 23 Oct 08

SouthamptonMan says...

Why are people on here lowering the tone and resorting to name calling. This smacks of the type of childish behaviour experienced at the school. Perhaps once everyone actually calms down and acts in an adult manner, the students will follow a POSITIVE lead and engage properly in ADULT dialogue and not small minded name calling. AS I STATED EARLIER......... the article states the school are open for parents to discuss the situation with the Leaders. USE THAT FACILITY instead of lowering the standard of this blog by resorting to name calling.
Why are people on here lowering the tone and resorting to name calling. This smacks of the type of childish behaviour experienced at the school. Perhaps once everyone actually calms down and acts in an adult manner, the students will follow a POSITIVE lead and engage properly in ADULT dialogue and not small minded name calling. AS I STATED EARLIER......... the article states the school are open for parents to discuss the situation with the Leaders. USE THAT FACILITY instead of lowering the standard of this blog by resorting to name calling. SouthamptonMan
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7:07pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mums says...

wow how sad to see 2 Schools destroyed what happened to all the promises Oasis gave to students parents and staff, Steve Chalk gives a good sermon what suckers we are to have believed it, if Oasis anad Ruth Johnson realy cared for the well being of the students why did they get rid of the SENCO'S and the Learning support team, these were the people students could rely on, and what about the School counciler, where do our kids go to now? Ruth Johnson? I dont think so and what about the staffing levels, why is the School still relying on supply Teachers, my son finds this very hard to deal with. These are some of the questions that need answering, what happens if more of our kids Teachers leave, and what happened to the Oasis doesn't exclude line? so many untruths
wow how sad to see 2 Schools destroyed what happened to all the promises Oasis gave to students parents and staff, Steve Chalk gives a good sermon what suckers we are to have believed it, if Oasis anad Ruth Johnson realy cared for the well being of the students why did they get rid of the SENCO'S and the Learning support team, these were the people students could rely on, and what about the School counciler, where do our kids go to now? Ruth Johnson? I dont think so and what about the staffing levels, why is the School still relying on supply Teachers, my son finds this very hard to deal with. These are some of the questions that need answering, what happens if more of our kids Teachers leave, and what happened to the Oasis doesn't exclude line? so many untruths mums
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7:16pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Mad Max says...

I have watched this story with great interest and i common thread seems to come, apart from the poor management style of Ruth Johnson... and that is "all the kids want is to be listened to"....

Go on then... I am sure everyone who has an interest and is reading these wants to hear your side of the story...

So please... type away
I have watched this story with great interest and i common thread seems to come, apart from the poor management style of Ruth Johnson... and that is "all the kids want is to be listened to".... Go on then... I am sure everyone who has an interest and is reading these wants to hear your side of the story... So please... type away Mad Max
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7:19pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Julie's Brother says...

julie burns wrote:
I would like to thank orry for his comments about Jordan - it means a lot right now. Jordan is a fit and healthy 15yr old who has his whole life ahead of him, i will not allow OASIS ACADEMY to wreck his future...i am appealing against the schools descision and have been seeking legal advice....i understand change - i accept change -- but it has been handled all wrong - a few children have suffered in this mess - i beleive more will follow - my son is one of them.
Right on Sis - you give that pathetic excuse of a headmistress hell...
[quote][p][bold]julie burns[/bold] wrote: I would like to thank orry for his comments about Jordan - it means a lot right now. Jordan is a fit and healthy 15yr old who has his whole life ahead of him, i will not allow OASIS ACADEMY to wreck his future...i am appealing against the schools descision and have been seeking legal advice....i understand change - i accept change -- but it has been handled all wrong - a few children have suffered in this mess - i beleive more will follow - my son is one of them.[/p][/quote]Right on Sis - you give that pathetic excuse of a headmistress hell... Julie's Brother
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7:19pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

just a quick note all the pupils that have been expelled, all seem to be over six foot tall. does this have anything to do with the problem, she wants little kids taht they can brain wash.
just a quick note all the pupils that have been expelled, all seem to be over six foot tall. does this have anything to do with the problem, she wants little kids taht they can brain wash. NICK PAYNTER
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7:22pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

This is what happens when two rival schools merge.
This is what happens when two rival schools merge. Bright Spark
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7:23pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Random23 says...

Suprisingly, the deputy heads that teach lessons generally get a lot more respect from everyone. These are the ones that earn their pay. Sitting in an office and making false promises is not the kind of job that should pay 100k a year. Ruth Johnson is more of a steryotypical politician than a headteacher. Look at the prefects in the photo in the echo. How many of them look genuinely happy?

Alex W.
Suprisingly, the deputy heads that teach lessons generally get a lot more respect from everyone. These are the ones that earn their pay. Sitting in an office and making false promises is not the kind of job that should pay 100k a year. Ruth Johnson is more of a steryotypical politician than a headteacher. Look at the prefects in the photo in the echo. How many of them look genuinely happy? Alex W. Random23
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7:41pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

Can someone please tell me why the Mrs Johnson has not invited the expelled pupils and their parents into the school for a one to one meeting so all sides are heard. My son still hasn't been allowed to put his side of the arguement.
Can someone please tell me why the Mrs Johnson has not invited the expelled pupils and their parents into the school for a one to one meeting so all sides are heard. My son still hasn't been allowed to put his side of the arguement. NICK PAYNTER
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7:44pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

surely this would be the adult and sensible thing to do.
Although its not just the expelled kids parents that are complaining about the state of the school.
surely this would be the adult and sensible thing to do. Although its not just the expelled kids parents that are complaining about the state of the school. NICK PAYNTER
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7:48pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Mirage says...

Students, Mrs Johnson was very clear that you will be given the opportunity to talk to people about how you feel very soon. Think about what you want to say and how you want to say it and make the most of this opportunity, present yourselves well - you are good people, do yourselves justice - you can make a difference. You will soon also have a school council, she was clear about that in her interview.

Don't forget the Tell.Clive email address that has been advertised in your schools, that is still up and running and you can use it if you want to - it was put there for you and messages will be brought to Clive Webster's attention. Tell.Clive@southampt
on.gov.uk

Please hang in there, things are happening. Your messages are being read.
Students, Mrs Johnson was very clear that you will be given the opportunity to talk to people about how you feel very soon. Think about what you want to say and how you want to say it and make the most of this opportunity, present yourselves well - you are good people, do yourselves justice - you can make a difference. You will soon also have a school council, she was clear about that in her interview. Don't forget the Tell.Clive email address that has been advertised in your schools, that is still up and running and you can use it if you want to - it was put there for you and messages will be brought to Clive Webster's attention. Tell.Clive@southampt on.gov.uk Please hang in there, things are happening. Your messages are being read. Mirage
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7:49pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mums says...

Nick maybe the echo will show you,your son and the others the same courtesy as they have shown Mrs Johnson and let you all have your say via the paper. I thnk this is awful the way things have gone what happened to good old fasioned honesty, respect and common courtesy
Nick maybe the echo will show you,your son and the others the same courtesy as they have shown Mrs Johnson and let you all have your say via the paper. I thnk this is awful the way things have gone what happened to good old fasioned honesty, respect and common courtesy mums
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7:57pm Thu 23 Oct 08

SUPERTOAD says...

For the benefit of cgt of Hythe I have to say, "On the contrary" I learned a great deal in spite of the efforts of the Bolshi Trotskyite Bigots! (Which is a name I gave them 49 years ago!) Not only that but I have learned a great deal more since! The pure arrogance of your remark in it's truly breathtaking manner suggests to me that you are a teacher!I.E. "One who opens gob before engaging brain!" I have also learned since that people do not take kindly in the South of England to those who either speak home truths or, "Say it like it is"
When a riot, as this has been described happens, it is normally caused by a number of people exercising a common grievance that they feel, against normally one, or a small number of individuals perceived to be wrong! This strength of feeling should be investigated. There is a lot of truth in the old adage, "No smoke without fire" Perhaps History is not your strong point. Neither is it mine, however I do seem to remember more of it, what's your excuse?
For the benefit of cgt of Hythe I have to say, "On the contrary" I learned a great deal in spite of the efforts of the Bolshi Trotskyite Bigots! (Which is a name I gave them 49 years ago!) Not only that but I have learned a great deal more since! The pure arrogance of your remark in it's truly breathtaking manner suggests to me that you are a teacher!I.E. "One who opens gob before engaging brain!" I have also learned since that people do not take kindly in the South of England to those who either speak home truths or, "Say it like it is" When a riot, as this has been described happens, it is normally caused by a number of people exercising a common grievance that they feel, against normally one, or a small number of individuals perceived to be wrong! This strength of feeling should be investigated. There is a lot of truth in the old adage, "No smoke without fire" Perhaps History is not your strong point. Neither is it mine, however I do seem to remember more of it, what's your excuse? SUPERTOAD
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8:01pm Thu 23 Oct 08

julie burns says...

hi jordans mum - the echo have been around tonite to my house and have taken photos of jordan - i'm going to be interviewed tomorrow - i decided not to be interviewed tonight as i am too angry .... to find out your son is expelled by his mates texting him is wrong... jordan will be fine i'm sure with our support as parents we will come through this but - what about the other children who's grades have fallen - there are so many rumors going around a hit list of boys who went to the grove was passed to the oasis - i have lost the battle with my son....although i will do all i can - that i promise - but i know at lot of children who go to the school -- my concerns are now with them and there parents.....
hi jordans mum - the echo have been around tonite to my house and have taken photos of jordan - i'm going to be interviewed tomorrow - i decided not to be interviewed tonight as i am too angry .... to find out your son is expelled by his mates texting him is wrong... jordan will be fine i'm sure with our support as parents we will come through this but - what about the other children who's grades have fallen - there are so many rumors going around a hit list of boys who went to the grove was passed to the oasis - i have lost the battle with my son....although i will do all i can - that i promise - but i know at lot of children who go to the school -- my concerns are now with them and there parents..... julie burns
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8:04pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

for the people that have said on this site that the kids that have been expelled are thugs who have crap upbringings. when we spoke to teachers and staff at the school, they commented on what a hardworking and nice lad our son is and a credit to us both, although they have obvious been gagged.
for the people that have said on this site that the kids that have been expelled are thugs who have crap upbringings. when we spoke to teachers and staff at the school, they commented on what a hardworking and nice lad our son is and a credit to us both, although they have obvious been gagged. NICK PAYNTER
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8:09pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mushroom says...

I would like to let the students who have commented on here know how proud of them most of us (their teachers) are of them. Although, given your varied points of view, I can't agree with all of you, I am proud that you are willing to stand up and say what you think in the face of some fairly heavy criticism. I am not posting to correct your spelling either (although I will correct it if you submit poor spelling in your assignments)!

I worry that the basic issues are being lost in a fog of other ideas here. The school is in chaos, there are timetable issues, there are staffing issues, there are almost definitely other issues that I know nothing about, however the primary issue disrupting learning in this school is NOT that students are rebelling against a firmer discipline regime. It IS that there is NOT a clear and firm behaviour management scheme in place. Some students are behaving inappropriately because they would have done anyway, in any school, this is a very small minority and in most schools they are dealt with clearly and effectively. As you can imagine when this poor behaviour is modeled by their peers and a clear consequence follows, most students are deterred from following suit.
The students involved in this situation are lovely normal children emerging into adulthood, for them to test boundaries is a normal and healthy thing to do. If they meet no boundaries they push further, such is life.
If you had been in the academy on the first few days with students you would have seen excited young people ready to embark on a new adventure, they were eager, maybe a little apprehensive but mostly ready for adventure. Without boundaries we have stressed, angry, hurt and depressed students (not to mention staff).
I can't offer you a solution but from my (low in the pecking order) perspective this is the most important truth in the situation and the one solution we should be immediately seeking.
To the students, you are amazing, you are resilient and you are worthy, try not to let those few people draw you in so that you become part of the problem. Sometimes we forget that we are all on the same "side" and that the goal is preparing you guys for the road ahead.
I would like to let the students who have commented on here know how proud of them most of us (their teachers) are of them. Although, given your varied points of view, I can't agree with all of you, I am proud that you are willing to stand up and say what you think in the face of some fairly heavy criticism. I am not posting to correct your spelling either (although I will correct it if you submit poor spelling in your assignments)! I worry that the basic issues are being lost in a fog of other ideas here. The school is in chaos, there are timetable issues, there are staffing issues, there are almost definitely other issues that I know nothing about, however the primary issue disrupting learning in this school is NOT that students are rebelling against a firmer discipline regime. It IS that there is NOT a clear and firm behaviour management scheme in place. Some students are behaving inappropriately because they would have done anyway, in any school, this is a very small minority and in most schools they are dealt with clearly and effectively. As you can imagine when this poor behaviour is modeled by their peers and a clear consequence follows, most students are deterred from following suit. The students involved in this situation are lovely normal children emerging into adulthood, for them to test boundaries is a normal and healthy thing to do. If they meet no boundaries they push further, such is life. If you had been in the academy on the first few days with students you would have seen excited young people ready to embark on a new adventure, they were eager, maybe a little apprehensive but mostly ready for adventure. Without boundaries we have stressed, angry, hurt and depressed students (not to mention staff). I can't offer you a solution but from my (low in the pecking order) perspective this is the most important truth in the situation and the one solution we should be immediately seeking. To the students, you are amazing, you are resilient and you are worthy, try not to let those few people draw you in so that you become part of the problem. Sometimes we forget that we are all on the same "side" and that the goal is preparing you guys for the road ahead. mushroom
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8:09pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

and I know this to be true of the other kids and parents
and I know this to be true of the other kids and parents NICK PAYNTER
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8:34pm Thu 23 Oct 08

SUPERTOAD says...

Having read Ruth Johnston's interview again I have come to the conclusion that she is barking mad and lives next to Tony (Village Idiot) Blair in whatever Universe he occupies! Reality does not seem to be her strong point at all. She appears to be completely out of touch with the children which is, presumably why she is being paid her obscene salary in the first place. However I must muse that as the country appears to be run by ignorant idiots, it could explain why she got the job in the first place! Mind you she will not be the first woman to accept something believing that she will somehow change it into a different reality, dreamed up in some cloud cuckoo land or fairy tale.
Sad really intit?
Having read Ruth Johnston's interview again I have come to the conclusion that she is barking mad and lives next to Tony (Village Idiot) Blair in whatever Universe he occupies! Reality does not seem to be her strong point at all. She appears to be completely out of touch with the children which is, presumably why she is being paid her obscene salary in the first place. However I must muse that as the country appears to be run by ignorant idiots, it could explain why she got the job in the first place! Mind you she will not be the first woman to accept something believing that she will somehow change it into a different reality, dreamed up in some cloud cuckoo land or fairy tale. Sad really intit? SUPERTOAD
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8:37pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Steve123 says...

My son has now started a new school after i took hlm out of Oasis Mayfield if Mrs Johnson would exclude kids for bullying instead of speaking up for themselves then he still might be there!!!!!!!
My son has now started a new school after i took hlm out of Oasis Mayfield if Mrs Johnson would exclude kids for bullying instead of speaking up for themselves then he still might be there!!!!!!! Steve123
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8:43pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

Seems to be a lack of respect from the minority yob element in the school, they reflect a country and culture where they think they can commit almost any crime and get with it. This attitude is taken into school, and into the streets in the evening. Discipline begins at home, parents should "Bend a tree when it is young", and that discipline should be carried forward and upheld in schools. Unfortunately I suspect that this rebel element have been brought up screaming at their parents at home and in the supermarkets in order to get their own way (parents mustn't discipline their children it's not PC), the kids then get what they want. This small percentage of brats then take this attitude to school and try it on there. If a parent has not had the moral fibre to discipline their own children as they grow up then they are not going to allow a head mistress to do so. Any school should expel trouble makers but cane them on the way out. If the parents come to the school to complain, cane them too. The yobs should either shut up and get their noses into their homework or go home quietlyto their mummys.
Seems to be a lack of respect from the minority yob element in the school, they reflect a country and culture where they think they can commit almost any crime and get with it. This attitude is taken into school, and into the streets in the evening. Discipline begins at home, parents should "Bend a tree when it is young", and that discipline should be carried forward and upheld in schools. Unfortunately I suspect that this rebel element have been brought up screaming at their parents at home and in the supermarkets in order to get their own way (parents mustn't discipline their children it's not PC), the kids then get what they want. This small percentage of brats then take this attitude to school and try it on there. If a parent has not had the moral fibre to discipline their own children as they grow up then they are not going to allow a head mistress to do so. Any school should expel trouble makers but cane them on the way out. If the parents come to the school to complain, cane them too. The yobs should either shut up and get their noses into their homework or go home quietlyto their mummys. Bright Spark
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8:46pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

Good luck to all the kids and parents who are trying there hardest to see this thro.
Good luck to all the kids and parents who are trying there hardest to see this thro. Bright Spark
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8:54pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

bright spark you talk a load of s***, you narrow minded plonker. you know very little about these kids.ps its not only the so called yobs that think the school is below par.
bright spark you talk a load of s***, you narrow minded plonker. you know very little about these kids.ps its not only the so called yobs that think the school is below par. NICK PAYNTER
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9:03pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

Is this the "Bully Paynter" channel?
Is this the "Bully Paynter" channel? Bright Spark
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9:09pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

oooohhhhhh, hit a nerve? have you not been reading any of what has been said here over the last few days, most pupils, most parents and most of the staff are NOT HAPPY.I am usually very mild mannered, its just when people talk rubbish I forget myself.
oooohhhhhh, hit a nerve? have you not been reading any of what has been said here over the last few days, most pupils, most parents and most of the staff are NOT HAPPY.I am usually very mild mannered, its just when people talk rubbish I forget myself. NICK PAYNTER
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9:12pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mums says...

Bright Spark I think your plug needs replacing YOU know absolutely nothing of the plight that these Children Parents and staff are going through, you have absolutely no right at all to talk the way you are and as for calling the kids 'brats' that must make you the most ignorant uneducated misguided person I have the pleasure of not knowing. IF YOU DONT KNOW THE FACTS KINDLY DON'T COMMENT.
Bright Spark I think your plug needs replacing YOU know absolutely nothing of the plight that these Children Parents and staff are going through, you have absolutely no right at all to talk the way you are and as for calling the kids 'brats' that must make you the most ignorant uneducated misguided person I have the pleasure of not knowing. IF YOU DONT KNOW THE FACTS KINDLY DON'T COMMENT. mums
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9:15pm Thu 23 Oct 08

julie burns says...

Thank You Mums!!!!!!!
Thank You Mums!!!!!!! julie burns
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9:18pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Sly Stallone says...

I think Mr Spark has made some very fair points. He has encouraged and sympathised with those parents and children who are trying to sort this out, and had a swipe at a minority of kids and parents who 'could do better'. Nick Paynter (Nick Paynter? Were you named after some art gallery thief?) you yourself have shown a lack of discipline on this site by using foul language. You should be big enough to apologise to Mr Spark.
I think Mr Spark has made some very fair points. He has encouraged and sympathised with those parents and children who are trying to sort this out, and had a swipe at a minority of kids and parents who 'could do better'. Nick Paynter (Nick Paynter? Were you named after some art gallery thief?) you yourself have shown a lack of discipline on this site by using foul language. You should be big enough to apologise to Mr Spark. Sly Stallone
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9:19pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Gers4life says...

Im a year 11 student and can I just say, Orry was one of the best teachers ive ever had, wilko aswell. Since the merge has happened, sure, it has disrupted my learning completely.

Teachers are late for lesons alot, its not their fault, its the shuttle bus. Ive had to wait half the lesson on many occasions until a teacher comes along. As I said, not their fault.

Also, since last year, ive only got 3 teachers that teach me from Grove. The teachers that dont know me have done their best to get to know us, and start from where we finished last year. SOme of them are really great teachers.

Ok, in the protest they wanted better facilities around the school, i.e. Toilets. Also I think they just wanted to be listened to. I wasn't in the riot, or the protest. I was looking at the protest because, linking back to before, my teacher was late. The protest went on for about 10 miniutes into lesson, then the riot started, by this time I was one of the FEW in lesson. I can say that I beleive about 70% of the school was out, not 30 or 40 pupils, but 70%. About 20 miniuts - half an hour later, the riot stopped, with pupils gradually getting back to lessson. I saw during lunch time that day that atleast 2 windows had been broken.

The next day we were told in an assembly that 'alot of people had been excluded' and that was why there was a lack of people in school. We were told that roof panels had been taken down, and a plasma tv had been smashed and that also some windows had been smashed.

Our new head teacher is trying to cover this incident up, making the situation look better than it actually was.

We were there aswell Ruth!

If the Echo wanted the full story they should go to the schools and ask the pupils. Thats where the truth is at.
Im a year 11 student and can I just say, Orry was one of the best teachers ive ever had, wilko aswell. Since the merge has happened, sure, it has disrupted my learning completely. Teachers are late for lesons alot, its not their fault, its the shuttle bus. Ive had to wait half the lesson on many occasions until a teacher comes along. As I said, not their fault. Also, since last year, ive only got 3 teachers that teach me from Grove. The teachers that dont know me have done their best to get to know us, and start from where we finished last year. SOme of them are really great teachers. Ok, in the protest they wanted better facilities around the school, i.e. Toilets. Also I think they just wanted to be listened to. I wasn't in the riot, or the protest. I was looking at the protest because, linking back to before, my teacher was late. The protest went on for about 10 miniutes into lesson, then the riot started, by this time I was one of the FEW in lesson. I can say that I beleive about 70% of the school was out, not 30 or 40 pupils, but 70%. About 20 miniuts - half an hour later, the riot stopped, with pupils gradually getting back to lessson. I saw during lunch time that day that atleast 2 windows had been broken. The next day we were told in an assembly that 'alot of people had been excluded' and that was why there was a lack of people in school. We were told that roof panels had been taken down, and a plasma tv had been smashed and that also some windows had been smashed. Our new head teacher is trying to cover this incident up, making the situation look better than it actually was. We were there aswell Ruth! If the Echo wanted the full story they should go to the schools and ask the pupils. Thats where the truth is at. Gers4life
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9:20pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mums says...

you are welcome Julie its his sort of comments that are not needed, I wish I had a majic wand and I could make it all better for all concerened I am worried about the amount of staff that are going to be leaving, and lets face it who can blame them?
you are welcome Julie its his sort of comments that are not needed, I wish I had a majic wand and I could make it all better for all concerened I am worried about the amount of staff that are going to be leaving, and lets face it who can blame them? mums
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9:21pm Thu 23 Oct 08

InsertUsernameHere says...

First of all, I'd like to respond to john_do's numerous comments. On the first Daily Echo article about the school rampage, you claimed to be a Year 10 student at Oasis Academy Mayfield. Yet you were able to comment not once, but twice during the school day on this article- it would be highly unusual for you to have two chances to do such a thing whilst at school. In addition, all of your comments on this page fit between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm- the average working day. Perhaps you're not a student all. Maybe you're a teacher? A member of the council? You are, in my opinion, most likely somebpdy connected to Mrs Johnson. After all, you are quick to defend her actions (or lack of action, in some cases) and seem to be incredibly well-informed. I'm not accusing you of anything bad, I'm just saying that if you are something other than what you claim, you'd be better off telling us.

Back to the topic at hand- I was at the school during the riot and can say that Ruth Johnson is downplaying the truth of the matter. Whilst I don't think that there were anywhere near 150 pupils involved, there were certainly more than 40 of them. I'd say that there were about 70 to 120, but it was difficult to tell as they weren't always travelling in a single group. Also, Johnson's claim that there were only "2-3" girls is nonsense- I'd say that a large portion of the initial protest were female. Finally, the majority, or maybe even all of the protesters were ex-Woolston students. I don't think the ex-Grove pupils are guilty of much in this event.

In terms of the damage caused, it's difficult to figure out the scope of it, as the school was already in a state of disrepair before the rampage, with display boards being ripped up, ceiling tiles being pulled out of the ceiling, and windows/ doors being broken. However, the riot did result in a television being damaged (as we were told in an assmebly the following day) and further harm coming to the building in general.

I understand that the school was underprepared at the begining of the year. But the school is a wreck. Pupils frequently skip lessons and roam the corridors, disrupting other lessons. Teachers arrive late for lessons, and must end classes early so that they can get to the bus in time. Some of the classes themselves have become unbearable due to the complete lack of attention given to them.

It seems as if the organisers if the school have simply thrown money at various aspects of it and expected everything to work out. For instance, the options for P.E or those ridiculous projectors that half of the teachers don't even need. In fact, they seem to be more concerned about image than anything. The riot could have been accepted as a one-off incident, and the school could have simply taken the bad press. But they've decided to just stir things up again by vainly trying to defend the Academy. It's fair enough that they should be allowed to voice their version of events, but that doesn't stop them from angering the pupils and parents even further.

Ruth Johnson would be better off trying to tackle the more immediate problems in her school- the bullying, the bad behaviour, the truancy- rather than drawing out something which has already happened.
First of all, I'd like to respond to john_do's numerous comments. On the first Daily Echo article about the school rampage, you claimed to be a Year 10 student at Oasis Academy Mayfield. Yet you were able to comment not once, but twice during the school day on this article- it would be highly unusual for you to have two chances to do such a thing whilst at school. In addition, all of your comments on this page fit between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm- the average working day. Perhaps you're not a student all. Maybe you're a teacher? A member of the council? You are, in my opinion, most likely somebpdy connected to Mrs Johnson. After all, you are quick to defend her actions (or lack of action, in some cases) and seem to be incredibly well-informed. I'm not accusing you of anything bad, I'm just saying that if you are something other than what you claim, you'd be better off telling us. Back to the topic at hand- I was at the school during the riot and can say that Ruth Johnson is downplaying the truth of the matter. Whilst I don't think that there were anywhere near 150 pupils involved, there were certainly more than 40 of them. I'd say that there were about 70 to 120, but it was difficult to tell as they weren't always travelling in a single group. Also, Johnson's claim that there were only "2-3" girls is nonsense- I'd say that a large portion of the initial protest were female. Finally, the majority, or maybe even all of the protesters were ex-Woolston students. I don't think the ex-Grove pupils are guilty of much in this event. In terms of the damage caused, it's difficult to figure out the scope of it, as the school was already in a state of disrepair before the rampage, with display boards being ripped up, ceiling tiles being pulled out of the ceiling, and windows/ doors being broken. However, the riot did result in a television being damaged (as we were told in an assmebly the following day) and further harm coming to the building in general. I understand that the school was underprepared at the begining of the year. But the school is a wreck. Pupils frequently skip lessons and roam the corridors, disrupting other lessons. Teachers arrive late for lessons, and must end classes early so that they can get to the bus in time. Some of the classes themselves have become unbearable due to the complete lack of attention given to them. It seems as if the organisers if the school have simply thrown money at various aspects of it and expected everything to work out. For instance, the options for P.E or those ridiculous projectors that half of the teachers don't even need. In fact, they seem to be more concerned about image than anything. The riot could have been accepted as a one-off incident, and the school could have simply taken the bad press. But they've decided to just stir things up again by vainly trying to defend the Academy. It's fair enough that they should be allowed to voice their version of events, but that doesn't stop them from angering the pupils and parents even further. Ruth Johnson would be better off trying to tackle the more immediate problems in her school- the bullying, the bad behaviour, the truancy- rather than drawing out something which has already happened. InsertUsernameHere
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9:23pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

i must apoligise for my language to mr spark and mr stallone.
mr stallone please stick to acting as your humour leaves a lot to be disired.
I think we are getting away from the matter in hand. Kids futures are at stake.
i must apoligise for my language to mr spark and mr stallone. mr stallone please stick to acting as your humour leaves a lot to be disired. I think we are getting away from the matter in hand. Kids futures are at stake. NICK PAYNTER
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9:25pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Julie's Brother says...

Bright Spark wrote:
Seems to be a lack of respect from the minority yob element in the school, they reflect a country and culture where they think they can commit almost any crime and get with it. This attitude is taken into school, and into the streets in the evening. Discipline begins at home, parents should "Bend a tree when it is young", and that discipline should be carried forward and upheld in schools. Unfortunately I suspect that this rebel element have been brought up screaming at their parents at home and in the supermarkets in order to get their own way (parents mustn't discipline their children it's not PC), the kids then get what they want. This small percentage of brats then take this attitude to school and try it on there. If a parent has not had the moral fibre to discipline their own children as they grow up then they are not going to allow a head mistress to do so. Any school should expel trouble makers but cane them on the way out. If the parents come to the school to complain, cane them too. The yobs should either shut up and get their noses into their homework or go home quietlyto their mummys.
Can I suggest you lift your nose up of your copy of the Daily Mail, get off your arse and go outside and discover what is really happening in the world ?
[quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: Seems to be a lack of respect from the minority yob element in the school, they reflect a country and culture where they think they can commit almost any crime and get with it. This attitude is taken into school, and into the streets in the evening. Discipline begins at home, parents should "Bend a tree when it is young", and that discipline should be carried forward and upheld in schools. Unfortunately I suspect that this rebel element have been brought up screaming at their parents at home and in the supermarkets in order to get their own way (parents mustn't discipline their children it's not PC), the kids then get what they want. This small percentage of brats then take this attitude to school and try it on there. If a parent has not had the moral fibre to discipline their own children as they grow up then they are not going to allow a head mistress to do so. Any school should expel trouble makers but cane them on the way out. If the parents come to the school to complain, cane them too. The yobs should either shut up and get their noses into their homework or go home quietlyto their mummys.[/p][/quote]Can I suggest you lift your nose up of your copy of the Daily Mail, get off your arse and go outside and discover what is really happening in the world ? Julie's Brother
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9:28pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Julie's Brother says...

A friend of my wife had to step in the other day on Porchester Road (right in the shadow of the Woolston site's gates, for heavens sake !) to stop a group of "lads" from happy-slapping the crap out of another lad whilst they filmed it on the phones. I bet Johnson doesnt give a monkey's because it was outside her precious gates.
A friend of my wife had to step in the other day on Porchester Road (right in the shadow of the Woolston site's gates, for heavens sake !) to stop a group of "lads" from happy-slapping the crap out of another lad whilst they filmed it on the phones. I bet Johnson doesnt give a monkey's because it was outside her precious gates. Julie's Brother
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9:36pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mad mum says...

Well said Nick, they are all over 6 foot, did you know their names are all on a poster in the staff room almost as a trophy! Cant wait till we get our say (even though i may be collecting my pension by then!)
Well said Nick, they are all over 6 foot, did you know their names are all on a poster in the staff room almost as a trophy! Cant wait till we get our say (even though i may be collecting my pension by then!) mad mum
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9:39pm Thu 23 Oct 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

were their names up on the wall before this incident as targets
were their names up on the wall before this incident as targets NICK PAYNTER
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9:44pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mad mum says...

You would think so!
No, it was a 'these are the pupils ive permanently excused' poster. As you said, all over 6 ft, all boys , all ex Grove
You would think so! No, it was a 'these are the pupils ive permanently excused' poster. As you said, all over 6 ft, all boys , all ex Grove mad mum
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9:45pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

Daily Mail? That's a bit out of order! Mr Paynter apology accepted but if you read my posts again you will see that I was having a dig at the minority happy slap element (and their parents) that Julie's Brother refers to, hardly the entire school!
Daily Mail? That's a bit out of order! Mr Paynter apology accepted but if you read my posts again you will see that I was having a dig at the minority happy slap element (and their parents) that Julie's Brother refers to, hardly the entire school! Bright Spark
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9:47pm Thu 23 Oct 08

mad mum says...

Sorry, that was meant to say 'permanently excluded'
Sorry, that was meant to say 'permanently excluded' mad mum
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9:48pm Thu 23 Oct 08

davesbabe says...

john_do wrote:
Thanks davesbabe. A sensible post at last. So if they are the issues how can they be addressed?
the only way this will be resolved is if the head holds a meeting to parents of kids who go there and who will be joining next year pupils and teachers ( hard to accomodate i know ) listens to what we have to say then does something to rectify all the probs that everyones having mainly the bullying etc the fact that these kids arent learning and the conditions in which the teachers have to teach i.e travelling to and fro
[quote][p][bold]john_do[/bold] wrote: Thanks davesbabe. A sensible post at last. So if they are the issues how can they be addressed?[/p][/quote]the only way this will be resolved is if the head holds a meeting to parents of kids who go there and who will be joining next year pupils and teachers ( hard to accomodate i know ) listens to what we have to say then does something to rectify all the probs that everyones having mainly the bullying etc the fact that these kids arent learning and the conditions in which the teachers have to teach i.e travelling to and fro davesbabe
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9:51pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Julie's Brother says...

Hillarious contradictions in that video (could only stomach the first part - watching someone being economical with the truth is somewhat irritating). Apparently, it wasnt that big a deal - only a window broke and a door damaged, but then it was a "very serious incident" warranting 5 permanent exclusions. Apparently, it "wasnt organised", but one of the three reasons given for the permanent exclusion of one of the 5 boys was that he knew it was being organised a day before and did not report it to a teacher.

Beginning to think there really was a hit-list...
Hillarious contradictions in that video (could only stomach the first part - watching someone being economical with the truth is somewhat irritating). Apparently, it wasnt that big a deal - only a window broke and a door damaged, but then it was a "very serious incident" warranting 5 permanent exclusions. Apparently, it "wasnt organised", but one of the three reasons given for the permanent exclusion of one of the 5 boys was that he knew it was being organised a day before and did not report it to a teacher. Beginning to think there really was a hit-list... Julie's Brother
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9:52pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Jenna Freeman says...

right! whoever is blaming the parents (my mum) i would stop being so low. my mum is something to be proud off. its the childs own faught but should not be removed from school. this ruth lady is trying to find any reason to kick the child out, there is NO reason you should be blaming mums !!
Jenna Freeman Year 9 at sholing girls
right! whoever is blaming the parents (my mum) i would stop being so low. my mum is something to be proud off. its the childs own faught but should not be removed from school. this ruth lady is trying to find any reason to kick the child out, there is NO reason you should be blaming mums !! Jenna Freeman Year 9 at sholing girls Jenna Freeman
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9:54pm Thu 23 Oct 08

julie burns says...

omg -- can this get any worse - jordans mum -- today i have cancelled work and put my life on hold -- would all the parents who are going through what i am with thier boys being expelled like to meet up - i am being interviewed by the echo tomorrow - but would you like to do a joint interview......
omg -- can this get any worse - jordans mum -- today i have cancelled work and put my life on hold -- would all the parents who are going through what i am with thier boys being expelled like to meet up - i am being interviewed by the echo tomorrow - but would you like to do a joint interview...... julie burns
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9:55pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Julie's Brother says...

Why arent you in bed, Jenna ?
Why arent you in bed, Jenna ? Julie's Brother
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10:00pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Julie's Brother says...

Can anyone advise if Matt Smith went on later in the video interview to ask if there was any truth in the rumour that 50-odd kids have been excluded since term started, or that 30-40 kids have moved over to Chamberlayne through parental choice to get away from here and her "approach" to education ?
Can anyone advise if Matt Smith went on later in the video interview to ask if there was any truth in the rumour that 50-odd kids have been excluded since term started, or that 30-40 kids have moved over to Chamberlayne through parental choice to get away from here and her "approach" to education ? Julie's Brother
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10:10pm Thu 23 Oct 08

grumblemum says...

I have 2 high achieving boys at the Porchester Road site, I have also been a Governor at one of the feeder schools, I know children, parents and teachers within this area. At no point does Ms Johnson acknowledge the wonderful young people that she has the privilege to lead. At no point does the defensive Ms Johnson appear in any way as inspirational or as someone to be admired by her pupils.

I have just read in the Echo a transcript of Ms Johnson's interview and also heard it word for word on this site.

This new HT is so negative and hostile regarding this community. There is no mention that the previous schools were producing young people with very good results.

Her tone in all the communications which have come home has been condescending and dictatorial. The interview illustrates that my feelings are justified.

She tries to minimise the strength of feeling within this community as 'finding change difficult' and that our young people are 'encouraged' or 'incited' and that its simply a case of 'wanting the old schools back'. No, it goes way beyond this. As a community, we did not want Oasis and its closet Christianity. We have religious schools in this area, I for one wanted my children to have a secular education. We did not want an academy advertising for 'an instrument of God' and we did not want the Government to impose this Academy that is out of local control. To make matters worse, we did not want the newly elected Tory council appointing Oasis rather than the local consortium who at least had a good knowledge of the area.

I think the local authority and Government should sort out this sorry mess and not sacrifice our children's futures on the altar of 'change' that is Oasis.

(Also what a misnomer - Oasis- hardly an Oasis of calm.

Also chatting to friends tonight who are parents at Ruth Johnson's old school - her husband is the Headteacher of Kings School in Allington Lane (a Community church school). A couple of years ago this school supported by parents wanted to introduce corporal punishment in the form of bashing boys with paddles and girls with a ruler across the hand. Needless to say they weren't successful.
I have 2 high achieving boys at the Porchester Road site, I have also been a Governor at one of the feeder schools, I know children, parents and teachers within this area. At no point does Ms Johnson acknowledge the wonderful young people that she has the privilege to lead. At no point does the defensive Ms Johnson appear in any way as inspirational or as someone to be admired by her pupils. I have just read in the Echo a transcript of Ms Johnson's interview and also heard it word for word on this site. This new HT is so negative and hostile regarding this community. There is no mention that the previous schools were producing young people with very good results. Her tone in all the communications which have come home has been condescending and dictatorial. The interview illustrates that my feelings are justified. She tries to minimise the strength of feeling within this community as 'finding change difficult' and that our young people are 'encouraged' or 'incited' and that its simply a case of 'wanting the old schools back'. No, it goes way beyond this. As a community, we did not want Oasis and its closet Christianity. We have religious schools in this area, I for one wanted my children to have a secular education. We did not want an academy advertising for 'an instrument of God' and we did not want the Government to impose this Academy that is out of local control. To make matters worse, we did not want the newly elected Tory council appointing Oasis rather than the local consortium who at least had a good knowledge of the area. I think the local authority and Government should sort out this sorry mess and not sacrifice our children's futures on the altar of 'change' that is Oasis. (Also what a misnomer - Oasis- hardly an Oasis of calm. Also chatting to friends tonight who are parents at Ruth Johnson's old school - her husband is the Headteacher of Kings School in Allington Lane (a Community church school). A couple of years ago this school supported by parents wanted to introduce corporal punishment in the form of bashing boys with paddles and girls with a ruler across the hand. Needless to say they weren't successful. grumblemum
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10:10pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Zoeeee93 says...

john_do wrote:
How should she CHANGE the school Zoeeee93? Be specific. All I hear is ranting. Please will someone suggest HOW?????
I have said so many times on the previous articles.

Its not just Mrs Johnson that can change it either. Even tho its mostly her fault because any other adult would actually listen.

She should change the school by listening to the students and what theve got to say. Focus on important things going on rather then silly little issues like 'strippy socks'.

And everyone deserves a second chance, for example Ryan Paynter and the others who got PERMANTLY excluded. Some of them wasnt even in the riot and not there eduction is at steak because they now have to find another school to go to. She hasnt even heard the side.

?
[quote][p][bold]john_do[/bold] wrote: How should she CHANGE the school Zoeeee93? Be specific. All I hear is ranting. Please will someone suggest HOW?????[/p][/quote]I have said so many times on the previous articles. Its not just Mrs Johnson that can change it either. Even tho its mostly her fault because any other adult would actually listen. She should change the school by listening to the students and what theve got to say. Focus on important things going on rather then silly little issues like 'strippy socks'. And everyone deserves a second chance, for example Ryan Paynter and the others who got PERMANTLY excluded. Some of them wasnt even in the riot and not there eduction is at steak because they now have to find another school to go to. She hasnt even heard the side. ? Zoeeee93
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10:18pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Sly Stallone says...

"its the childs own faught but ..." faught? I fawt my Enland just int good but that takes the cookie.
"its the childs own faught but ..." faught? I fawt my Enland just int good but that takes the cookie. Sly Stallone
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10:22pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Zoeeee93 says...

Mrs Johnson needs to arrange a meeting with students, parents and even staff if the like. We should be able to speak to Mrs Johnson one-on-one and address the problems in the academy. We should get feedback from this meeting? To say whether she can change the things we want changed?

Or maybe, she should reply to the letters and emails she has had from people?
Mrs Johnson needs to arrange a meeting with students, parents and even staff if the like. We should be able to speak to Mrs Johnson one-on-one and address the problems in the academy. We should get feedback from this meeting? To say whether she can change the things we want changed? Or maybe, she should reply to the letters and emails she has had from people? Zoeeee93
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10:22pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Julie's Brother says...

Sly Stallone wrote:
"its the childs own faught but ..." faught? I fawt my Enland just int good but that takes the cookie.
Sorry, but that's "takes the biscuit"
[quote][p][bold]Sly Stallone[/bold] wrote: "its the childs own faught but ..." faught? I fawt my Enland just int good but that takes the cookie. [/p][/quote]Sorry, but that's "takes the biscuit" Julie's Brother
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10:25pm Thu 23 Oct 08

PostGraduateStudentTeacher says...

There are several issues that need to be highlighted, including the lack of respect for the student’s and parent’s opinions by the school, it would also seem that some of Ruth Johnson’s comments need to be severely questioned (from her body language in the interview you can see that she is clearly lying when talking about the riot, focusing anywhere but on the reporter, swaying back and forth etc.
The school seemed to be totally unprepared for the beginning of the academic year, something that is totally unacceptable in light of the promises that the management made about the new school. There is clearly a management issue, which is a direct reflection on Ruth’s style (or lack of) as pointed out by “wilko”. This needs to be addressed as soon as possible even if this means a CHANGE OF MANAGEMENT at the school.
We should not be blaming the pupils or parents, there are similar schools in this country which do not have these problems. We should defiantly not blame the teachers, they ALWAYS respect the pupils have the highest expectations of them, and this rather leaves the managers in the lurch.
The pupil’s education is at stake here. If you feel strongly about this, and many of you clearly do, then the issue should be reported to a higher body such as Ofsted, the school inspectors, so that the problems can be sorted and the PUPILS CAN RECEIVE THE HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION THAT THEY DESERVE.
There are several issues that need to be highlighted, including the lack of respect for the student’s and parent’s opinions by the school, it would also seem that some of Ruth Johnson’s comments need to be severely questioned (from her body language in the interview you can see that she is clearly lying when talking about the riot, focusing anywhere but on the reporter, swaying back and forth etc. The school seemed to be totally unprepared for the beginning of the academic year, something that is totally unacceptable in light of the promises that the management made about the new school. There is clearly a management issue, which is a direct reflection on Ruth’s style (or lack of) as pointed out by “wilko”. This needs to be addressed as soon as possible even if this means a CHANGE OF MANAGEMENT at the school. We should not be blaming the pupils or parents, there are similar schools in this country which do not have these problems. We should defiantly not blame the teachers, they ALWAYS respect the pupils have the highest expectations of them, and this rather leaves the managers in the lurch. The pupil’s education is at stake here. If you feel strongly about this, and many of you clearly do, then the issue should be reported to a higher body such as Ofsted, the school inspectors, so that the problems can be sorted and the PUPILS CAN RECEIVE THE HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION THAT THEY DESERVE. PostGraduateStudentTeacher
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10:27pm Thu 23 Oct 08

julie burns says...

excuse me but getting back to the children that this affects !!!!!! there are an awful lot of issues here - the travelling of the teachers - that can't be healthy - the lack of chairs and classrooms - the lack of support - the lack of listening - the lack of teaching - etc etc......
excuse me but getting back to the children that this affects !!!!!! there are an awful lot of issues here - the travelling of the teachers - that can't be healthy - the lack of chairs and classrooms - the lack of support - the lack of listening - the lack of teaching - etc etc...... julie burns
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10:29pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Mirage says...

Again, there will be a chance to have your voice.

Students - what would you do to make things better?

Parents - what would you want to see happen now in the Academy?

Again, there will be a chance to have your voice. Students - what would you do to make things better? Parents - what would you want to see happen now in the Academy? Mirage
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10:30pm Thu 23 Oct 08

PostGraduateStudentTeacher says...

I totally agree with you “grumblemum, Sholing”
I totally agree with you “grumblemum, Sholing” PostGraduateStudentTeacher
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10:40pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Mirage says...

If you had a face to face meeting with Mrs Johnson - what would be the top three issues that you would raise?

And what would your suggestion be for their improvement?
If you had a face to face meeting with Mrs Johnson - what would be the top three issues that you would raise? And what would your suggestion be for their improvement? Mirage
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10:51pm Thu 23 Oct 08

localangrymum says...

Do you remember the last meeting that was held at Eastpoint, with Ruth Johnson? She was, how shall I put it, very unhelpful at answering questions. Basically she wasn't interested in anybodies concerns over what is now a reality, and wasn't prepared to answer any questions that were directed at her during this meeting.
I guess that should have given us a glimpse of things to come!!!
Do you remember the last meeting that was held at Eastpoint, with Ruth Johnson? She was, how shall I put it, very unhelpful at answering questions. Basically she wasn't interested in anybodies concerns over what is now a reality, and wasn't prepared to answer any questions that were directed at her during this meeting. I guess that should have given us a glimpse of things to come!!! localangrymum
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10:51pm Thu 23 Oct 08

davesbabe says...

Mirage wrote:
If you had a face to face meeting with Mrs Johnson - what would be the top three issues that you would raise? And what would your suggestion be for their improvement?
timetables i.e travelling and the fact that children are left unattended sometimes for the whole lesson, if we did this we would have our kids taken off us its neglect!!, bullying, and lack of hands on support by senior management team and the principal,
the issue of the travelling etc should be addressed that there should be two lots of teachers and if thats not possible then move all kids to grove park, bullying should always be addressed, they manage it it primary schools so it shouldnt be that hard for a teacher of her experience to tackle, lastly she needs to be involved with the kids show herself to the pupils talk to them and listen!, i dont have a child at this school but i know her of old and know what shes like, she could be great if she listened, my daughter is due to start this school in september and im worried about the state of the school, ive even emailed her myself about my concerns and suggestions but alas no reply.
[quote][p][bold]Mirage[/bold] wrote: If you had a face to face meeting with Mrs Johnson - what would be the top three issues that you would raise? And what would your suggestion be for their improvement?[/p][/quote]timetables i.e travelling and the fact that children are left unattended sometimes for the whole lesson, if we did this we would have our kids taken off us its neglect!!, bullying, and lack of hands on support by senior management team and the principal, the issue of the travelling etc should be addressed that there should be two lots of teachers and if thats not possible then move all kids to grove park, bullying should always be addressed, they manage it it primary schools so it shouldnt be that hard for a teacher of her experience to tackle, lastly she needs to be involved with the kids show herself to the pupils talk to them and listen!, i dont have a child at this school but i know her of old and know what shes like, she could be great if she listened, my daughter is due to start this school in september and im worried about the state of the school, ive even emailed her myself about my concerns and suggestions but alas no reply. davesbabe
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11:02pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Mirage says...

Thanks Davesbabe, there isn't the funding to double up on the teaching staff, Academies get no more revenue funding than any other local authority school, the extra money is capital. There isn't the space on the Grove site for all the students, soon the new building works will take up alot of space.

How else can the travel between sites be addressed?

Are the senior management team unapproachable? The deputies responsible for the two sites both came to the parent forum last night and answered some frank questions very honestly.

How would students prefer to interact with Mrs Johnson?
Thanks Davesbabe, there isn't the funding to double up on the teaching staff, Academies get no more revenue funding than any other local authority school, the extra money is capital. There isn't the space on the Grove site for all the students, soon the new building works will take up alot of space. How else can the travel between sites be addressed? Are the senior management team unapproachable? The deputies responsible for the two sites both came to the parent forum last night and answered some frank questions very honestly. How would students prefer to interact with Mrs Johnson? Mirage
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11:08pm Thu 23 Oct 08

bbykitten09 says...

http://file042a.bebo
.com/3/original/2008
/10/21/15/3718954631
a9210237294o.jpg

a picture taken of the students involved in the riot.. to me that looks ALOT more than 40 students!
http://file042a.bebo .com/3/original/2008 /10/21/15/3718954631 a9210237294o.jpg a picture taken of the students involved in the riot.. to me that looks ALOT more than 40 students! bbykitten09
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11:10pm Thu 23 Oct 08

davesbabe says...

i dont know the answer to that but maybe a question and answer session for those who want it then a follow up one a couple of months or weeks after to see if concerns have been addressed, if theres no money then surely this should of all been thought of before opening the academy? how can they expect children to learn with no one to teach them or guide them and to be fair i think it needs ruth johnson to speak up and to be honest, she needs to let people know she does care and wants the best for everyone concerned because at the moment its just like she wants to save her own reputation, children being left on their own for some or all of the lesson is not acceptable, parents arent allowed to do it so how can a school, anything could happen in this time, ruth needs to answer the parents and teachers and kids its the only way she will stop the unrest she needs to do something positive and fast.
i dont know the answer to that but maybe a question and answer session for those who want it then a follow up one a couple of months or weeks after to see if concerns have been addressed, if theres no money then surely this should of all been thought of before opening the academy? how can they expect children to learn with no one to teach them or guide them and to be fair i think it needs ruth johnson to speak up and to be honest, she needs to let people know she does care and wants the best for everyone concerned because at the moment its just like she wants to save her own reputation, children being left on their own for some or all of the lesson is not acceptable, parents arent allowed to do it so how can a school, anything could happen in this time, ruth needs to answer the parents and teachers and kids its the only way she will stop the unrest she needs to do something positive and fast. davesbabe
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11:14pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Mirage says...

bbykitten09 - Do you have signed photo consent forms for that link?

Should you be putting it on a public forum?

How would the students feel about that?
bbykitten09 - Do you have signed photo consent forms for that link? Should you be putting it on a public forum? How would the students feel about that? Mirage
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11:17pm Thu 23 Oct 08

julie burns says...

i'm sorry mirage but all these issues were bought up in the meetings leading up to the merge - they weren't answered directly then... the travel issues can't be addressed - you have no funding - the students are suffering -
the food at the woolston site is totally unacceptable - my son had permission to go off site at lunch and ruth asked my son to go to a council meeting to address the issue of the food...
but that issue is really not top of priorities when someone mentions bullying - i hadn't heard of that one before tonite but it has to be top of your 3 wish list surely.....
i have no idea what is fact and what is fiction --- i am sure i am not alone ....
i'm sorry mirage but all these issues were bought up in the meetings leading up to the merge - they weren't answered directly then... the travel issues can't be addressed - you have no funding - the students are suffering - the food at the woolston site is totally unacceptable - my son had permission to go off site at lunch and ruth asked my son to go to a council meeting to address the issue of the food... but that issue is really not top of priorities when someone mentions bullying - i hadn't heard of that one before tonite but it has to be top of your 3 wish list surely..... i have no idea what is fact and what is fiction --- i am sure i am not alone .... julie burns
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11:18pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Mirage says...

Davesbabe, you make some really good points. Thank you for them.

Ruth does care hugely, whatever others think. She genuinely wants the best for the students. I sense you know that and your suggestions are helpful.
Davesbabe, you make some really good points. Thank you for them. Ruth does care hugely, whatever others think. She genuinely wants the best for the students. I sense you know that and your suggestions are helpful. Mirage
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11:24pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Mirage says...

Julie Burns - yes, you are totally right, bullying is a far more important issue than the quality of the food.

What is happening with the bullying? What are the issues?

I do hear what you are saying and yes you are right many of the questions were raised before but there were very few answers then, no-one was hiding the answers they just didn't exist, the whole process was so fast (no-one's fault, not the City Council and not Oasis - Government strictures) Funding can't strech to double the teaching staff but is there something that can be done with the timetabling?

Julie Burns - yes, you are totally right, bullying is a far more important issue than the quality of the food. What is happening with the bullying? What are the issues? I do hear what you are saying and yes you are right many of the questions were raised before but there were very few answers then, no-one was hiding the answers they just didn't exist, the whole process was so fast (no-one's fault, not the City Council and not Oasis - Government strictures) Funding can't strech to double the teaching staff but is there something that can be done with the timetabling? Mirage
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11:34pm Thu 23 Oct 08

julie burns says...

i have no idea and i'm sorry mirage but timetabling isn't my priority at the moment - my son has just been expelled on 3 reasons which i am seeking legal advice - i am afraid that is my priority at the moment......my son's future of the apprenticship he had lined up went out of the window this morning when i found out my son had been expelled through text.... not a meeting - but my son received a text from his mates saying thay had seen an e-mail saying he had been expelled...... thats how i found out .... is that right!!!!!!!!
i have no idea and i'm sorry mirage but timetabling isn't my priority at the moment - my son has just been expelled on 3 reasons which i am seeking legal advice - i am afraid that is my priority at the moment......my son's future of the apprenticship he had lined up went out of the window this morning when i found out my son had been expelled through text.... not a meeting - but my son received a text from his mates saying thay had seen an e-mail saying he had been expelled...... thats how i found out .... is that right!!!!!!!! julie burns
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11:54pm Thu 23 Oct 08

Max Holz says...

As a parent of pupils at the Woolston site (for the record, not involved in the 'disturbances') I'm at a loss as to how the situation can be resolved short of the speedy departure of Ruth Johnson and the withdrawal of Oasis to what they do best - religious indoctrination.

Having followed the sham 'consultation' that led to the closure of two excellent schools, I can only conclude that the whole process was CORRUPT. It was corrupt of Southampton City Council to wash its hands of responsibility for the education and welfare of hundreds of its younger citizens, who are now at the mercy of a Christian fundamentalist organisation. If the schools had still been under local authority control we would at least have had a governing body that would be accountable and open to the input of parents, staff and the local community. Additionally, Woolston School had a School Council, which gave the students a voice. Now we have an 'Academy Council' whose members are appointed by Oasis, with zero accountability to teachers, students and parents - that too is corrupt. It seems to me that the engineering of such a situation - by a government dead-set on the dictatorial powers of Academies, a local council keen to cut its education budget, and a religious cult with a not-so-hidden agenda - has all the hallmarks of a coup, mounted against the interests of children, teachers and parents.

Under the present regime, I'm afraid I can only see a continuing decline in the quality of education (and I'm not blaming the teachers for that), the slow death of all the values that made Woolston and the Grove popular schools. For most of us parents,and children, changing to another school isn't an option. What other options do we have left if we can't lean on the Council? Picket the Community Church at Central Hall every Sunday to tell the congregation how rotten we think Oasis is? Join the teachers with their strike action, if they vote to go ahead? Any ideas?

As a parent of pupils at the Woolston site (for the record, not involved in the 'disturbances') I'm at a loss as to how the situation can be resolved short of the speedy departure of Ruth Johnson and the withdrawal of Oasis to what they do best - religious indoctrination. Having followed the sham 'consultation' that led to the closure of two excellent schools, I can only conclude that the whole process was CORRUPT. It was corrupt of Southampton City Council to wash its hands of responsibility for the education and welfare of hundreds of its younger citizens, who are now at the mercy of a Christian fundamentalist organisation. If the schools had still been under local authority control we would at least have had a governing body that would be accountable and open to the input of parents, staff and the local community. Additionally, Woolston School had a School Council, which gave the students a voice. Now we have an 'Academy Council' whose members are appointed by Oasis, with zero accountability to teachers, students and parents - that too is corrupt. It seems to me that the engineering of such a situation - by a government dead-set on the dictatorial powers of Academies, a local council keen to cut its education budget, and a religious cult with a not-so-hidden agenda - has all the hallmarks of a coup, mounted against the interests of children, teachers and parents. Under the present regime, I'm afraid I can only see a continuing decline in the quality of education (and I'm not blaming the teachers for that), the slow death of all the values that made Woolston and the Grove popular schools. For most of us parents,and children, changing to another school isn't an option. What other options do we have left if we can't lean on the Council? Picket the Community Church at Central Hall every Sunday to tell the congregation how rotten we think Oasis is? Join the teachers with their strike action, if they vote to go ahead? Any ideas? Max Holz
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12:05am Fri 24 Oct 08

Em_Lou says...

Mirage wrote:
bbykitten09 - Do you have signed photo consent forms for that link? Should you be putting it on a public forum? How would the students feel about that?
i think by the fact that the link says 'bebo.com' suggests that it was taken/uploaded by a student and so there not really going to think about the PC brigade. how many pictures are on facebook of people that are in group shots who havnt signed a consent form.

bbykitten09 - are you by any chance a student at the school?
[quote][p][bold]Mirage[/bold] wrote: bbykitten09 - Do you have signed photo consent forms for that link? Should you be putting it on a public forum? How would the students feel about that?[/p][/quote]i think by the fact that the link says 'bebo.com' suggests that it was taken/uploaded by a student and so there not really going to think about the PC brigade. how many pictures are on facebook of people that are in group shots who havnt signed a consent form. bbykitten09 - are you by any chance a student at the school? Em_Lou
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12:11am Fri 24 Oct 08

julie burns says...

bbykitteno9 - the letter i COLLECTED from the school today said approximately 30 students were involved - does your photo show more than that??????
bbykitteno9 - the letter i COLLECTED from the school today said approximately 30 students were involved - does your photo show more than that?????? julie burns
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12:29am Fri 24 Oct 08

mums says...

Good luck Julie Burns for tomorrow it will be interesting to read about it good luck for the other parents that hopefully will join you.
Good luck Julie Burns for tomorrow it will be interesting to read about it good luck for the other parents that hopefully will join you. mums
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12:34am Fri 24 Oct 08

Em_Lou says...

after looking at the photo id say that someone cant count if thats approximately 30... then if you put into consideration the students who were running along corridors (im not entirely sure where/when the picture was taken) it would certainly add up to more than 30.

even without knowing the facts of the issue, any normal person could say that there are more pupils in that photo than 30
after looking at the photo id say that someone cant count if thats approximately 30... then if you put into consideration the students who were running along corridors (im not entirely sure where/when the picture was taken) it would certainly add up to more than 30. even without knowing the facts of the issue, any normal person could say that there are more pupils in that photo than 30 Em_Lou
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12:35am Fri 24 Oct 08

julie burns says...

thank you mums!!! because i felt i was to angry to be interviewed tonite you may have to wait until next week.....i am going through with the interview tomorrow but i don't know when it will be published.... and omg there are loads of photos floating about on bebo there looks like at least 100 kids ..... i don't know my legal rights yet so i am doing nothing....but good god i can't wait to speak to my solicitor tomorrow.......
thank you mums!!! because i felt i was to angry to be interviewed tonite you may have to wait until next week.....i am going through with the interview tomorrow but i don't know when it will be published.... and omg there are loads of photos floating about on bebo there looks like at least 100 kids ..... i don't know my legal rights yet so i am doing nothing....but good god i can't wait to speak to my solicitor tomorrow....... julie burns
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12:40am Fri 24 Oct 08

mums says...

You are doing a great job and I am sure that all Mum's would do the same I would, and you have been dignified in your response especially to mirage whoever that is, well once again good luck.
You are doing a great job and I am sure that all Mum's would do the same I would, and you have been dignified in your response especially to mirage whoever that is, well once again good luck. mums
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12:46am Fri 24 Oct 08

ally_m says...

Mirage wrote:
If you had a face to face meeting with Mrs Johnson - what would be the top three issues that you would raise? And what would your suggestion be for their improvement?
I would ask why my child has not bought any schoolwork home.

I would want to know why history, geography, languages, DT and IT are nowhere to be seen on her timetable.

I want to know why my daughter comes out upset every afternoon because she has been pushed and shoved whilst trying to leave the building.

I want to know why after 8 weeks back at school my daughter still hasn't been told where the library is despite her asking.

Most importantly I want to know if any other schools in ANY area of southampton have any spaces. My daughter was a high achiever at junior school and I don't particulary want Oasis ruining that.
[quote][p][bold]Mirage[/bold] wrote: If you had a face to face meeting with Mrs Johnson - what would be the top three issues that you would raise? And what would your suggestion be for their improvement?[/p][/quote]I would ask why my child has not bought any schoolwork home. I would want to know why history, geography, languages, DT and IT are nowhere to be seen on her timetable. I want to know why my daughter comes out upset every afternoon because she has been pushed and shoved whilst trying to leave the building. I want to know why after 8 weeks back at school my daughter still hasn't been told where the library is despite her asking. Most importantly I want to know if any other schools in ANY area of southampton have any spaces. My daughter was a high achiever at junior school and I don't particulary want Oasis ruining that. ally_m
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1:02am Fri 24 Oct 08

julie burns says...

i've been on the phone today to the schools admission dept -.... i was offered chamberlayne, cantell and upper shirley -the only problem is chamberlayne don't offer my sons courses so he will definetly under acheive not enough gcse's for his apprenticship - but want can i do!!! but if you are concerned phone them -- they were so helpful and when i mentioned oasis they were not phased at all.......i also spoke to chamberlayne personally and they were really helpful and LISTENED to me......
i've been on the phone today to the schools admission dept -.... i was offered chamberlayne, cantell and upper shirley -the only problem is chamberlayne don't offer my sons courses so he will definetly under acheive not enough gcse's for his apprenticship - but want can i do!!! but if you are concerned phone them -- they were so helpful and when i mentioned oasis they were not phased at all.......i also spoke to chamberlayne personally and they were really helpful and LISTENED to me...... julie burns
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3:16am Fri 24 Oct 08

Year11Student! says...

Well to be honest the school is a load of rubish!

the teachers are under so much stress going from one school to another they take it out on us! and were ment to be taking our GCSE's but how are we ment to acheive the grades we want and need are effected because of all this.

we havent even started coursework in main subjects cause they say our dead lines are up when there not up until are exams start they would just rather us get **** grades.

ruth johnson has been no help what so ever, she doesn't even listen to us and what is up with the mentoring sessions cause there no help what so ever its pathetic.

the head says it was only 40 pupils max well a pictures been taken to prove it was like a 100 pupils involed were not fighting agenst each other were fighting agenst the way were being treated. for example a boy was rascist in school and all he got was 4days exclusion and he even went for the 2girls he was rascist agenst its pathetic no-one listens to anything any student has to say!

its about time it gets sorted cause i havent even learnt anything since being back at school!
Well to be honest the school is a load of rubish! the teachers are under so much stress going from one school to another they take it out on us! and were ment to be taking our GCSE's but how are we ment to acheive the grades we want and need are effected because of all this. we havent even started coursework in main subjects cause they say our dead lines are up when there not up until are exams start they would just rather us get **** grades. ruth johnson has been no help what so ever, she doesn't even listen to us and what is up with the mentoring sessions cause there no help what so ever its pathetic. the head says it was only 40 pupils max well a pictures been taken to prove it was like a 100 pupils involed were not fighting agenst each other were fighting agenst the way were being treated. for example a boy was rascist in school and all he got was 4days exclusion and he even went for the 2girls he was rascist agenst its pathetic no-one listens to anything any student has to say! its about time it gets sorted cause i havent even learnt anything since being back at school! Year11Student!
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7:12am Fri 24 Oct 08

Condor Man says...

I think there's a fundemental issue here that's not been mentioned. Ruth Johnson's role is not some touchy feeling head at a primary school- she is the manager of a large business focussed on getting results.

Would you see Alex Ferguson or Alan Sugar listening to their staff? of course not. They are paid to make tough decisions as Mrs Johnson is. If I went to work and smashed up the office I'd be sacked. In the same way those offending pupils should be expelled for their lack of self-control and self-respect.

Life is not about being listened to or being respected (these are liberal values which are on the way out thankfully). Life is about providing for yourself and your dependants, about YOU being a good and upright person and about you being able to fit into systems that sometimes you don't agree with.

For more information read 1984 by George Orwell.
I think there's a fundemental issue here that's not been mentioned. Ruth Johnson's role is not some touchy feeling head at a primary school- she is the manager of a large business focussed on getting results. Would you see Alex Ferguson or Alan Sugar listening to their staff? of course not. They are paid to make tough decisions as Mrs Johnson is. If I went to work and smashed up the office I'd be sacked. In the same way those offending pupils should be expelled for their lack of self-control and self-respect. Life is not about being listened to or being respected (these are liberal values which are on the way out thankfully). Life is about providing for yourself and your dependants, about YOU being a good and upright person and about you being able to fit into systems that sometimes you don't agree with. For more information read 1984 by George Orwell. Condor Man
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7:45am Fri 24 Oct 08

mazzie says...

I just want to say all the best to you Julie... I hope that all the other parents who's children are involved in this farce of a school give you their support.. you certainly got mine even though my daughter is no longer a pupil at Mayfield. You mention about Chamberlayne being helpful & listening to you & I also agree with that..when I visited the school to have a chat they were great... I also got the impresion that they'd been contacted by a number of parents who's children were attending mayfield with queries about changing schools. Once again good luck with everything & I will be waiting to read the interview.
I just want to say all the best to you Julie... I hope that all the other parents who's children are involved in this farce of a school give you their support.. you certainly got mine even though my daughter is no longer a pupil at Mayfield. You mention about Chamberlayne being helpful & listening to you & I also agree with that..when I visited the school to have a chat they were great... I also got the impresion that they'd been contacted by a number of parents who's children were attending mayfield with queries about changing schools. Once again good luck with everything & I will be waiting to read the interview. mazzie
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9:12am Fri 24 Oct 08

wizard says...

if your as worried about your kids future schooling as i am email me at
oasisacademyparents@



gmail.com
we can then organise all these views and decide what action to take
if your as worried about your kids future schooling as i am email me at oasisacademyparents@ gmail.com we can then organise all these views and decide what action to take wizard
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10:28am Fri 24 Oct 08

ADMIN says...

If it is the same Jordan That I am thinking of. How did a boy who represented his school so well when he travelled to the Philippines to build a school playground for the kids out there. And who the Echo sang the praises of back in February. End up being excluded? Even if he did do something that was considered so bad that he had to be excluded (and I am not saying he did) How did a good, well behaved student get to that stage? The questions need to be asked and answered.

My son, luckily, left Grove July 07 so we didn't have to find him a new school. But my sympathy goes out to those parents who still have children in these schools.
If it is the same Jordan That I am thinking of. How did a boy who represented his school so well when he travelled to the Philippines to build a school playground for the kids out there. And who the Echo sang the praises of back in February. End up being excluded? Even if he did do something that was considered so bad that he had to be excluded (and I am not saying he did) How did a good, well behaved student get to that stage? The questions need to be asked and answered. My son, luckily, left Grove July 07 so we didn't have to find him a new school. But my sympathy goes out to those parents who still have children in these schools. ADMIN
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1:09pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Heartbroken says...

Whatever next!?? A Mirage from an Oasis.....who thinks of these things?!

Mirage......you sound like a politically correct councellor who has been given the job of 'smoothing things over' and trying to find out the top 3 priorities of concern from parents, which will then be listed as 'points for discussion' at Ruth Johnsons meeting with parents....OOOPS....
.I meant 'Presentation' to parents.

Do you think that the adults in this area are idiots? Do you think that we can be placated by this trivia?

The problems can be solved by Ruth Johnson TALKING to people, in person, face to face.......and by using by basic courtsey and respect when making decisions about pupils that she clearly knows nothing about, and apparently neither has the inclination to bother to discover.

Ok. So it is not perfect at the moment. It is early days in the Academy life. It is not early days in the life of our Year 11 students whose future relies on how this situation is managed over the coming months.

Please 'help' Ruth Johnson to realise that she must come out of her office and deal with the parents.

If mistakes have been made with exclusions then please, please say so and try to calm this situation down.

Please.

God help these children.
Whatever next!?? A Mirage from an Oasis.....who thinks of these things?! Mirage......you sound like a politically correct councellor who has been given the job of 'smoothing things over' and trying to find out the top 3 priorities of concern from parents, which will then be listed as 'points for discussion' at Ruth Johnsons meeting with parents....OOOPS.... .I meant 'Presentation' to parents. Do you think that the adults in this area are idiots? Do you think that we can be placated by this trivia? The problems can be solved by Ruth Johnson TALKING to people, in person, face to face.......and by using by basic courtsey and respect when making decisions about pupils that she clearly knows nothing about, and apparently neither has the inclination to bother to discover. Ok. So it is not perfect at the moment. It is early days in the Academy life. It is not early days in the life of our Year 11 students whose future relies on how this situation is managed over the coming months. Please 'help' Ruth Johnson to realise that she must come out of her office and deal with the parents. If mistakes have been made with exclusions then please, please say so and try to calm this situation down. Please. God help these children. Heartbroken
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1:13pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Heartbroken says...

To Julie Burns....be strong and do whatever you have to do for your son and his future.

This could be happening to any one of us and it is SO wrong.

It seems that the world has gone mad!
To Julie Burns....be strong and do whatever you have to do for your son and his future. This could be happening to any one of us and it is SO wrong. It seems that the world has gone mad! Heartbroken
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3:07pm Fri 24 Oct 08

woolstonstudents says...

as students that witnessed this rampage there was many girls that got involved with the protest regarding that we do not get listened to. after this riot we are suddenly being listened to every lesson we attend we are asked to write our problems
as students that witnessed this rampage there was many girls that got involved with the protest regarding that we do not get listened to. after this riot we are suddenly being listened to every lesson we attend we are asked to write our problems woolstonstudents
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5:26pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Dramatic Melody says...

After being a student of Ruth Johnson's for four years, I must admit I am not suprised to hear this news, as an incident like this has occured before.

I was a pupil at Cantell Maths and Computing College for five years, and for the latter four years of my attendance, Ruth Johnson was headteacher.

Ruth Johnson's callous mention of Cantell in this interview is underhand and does well in trying to sugar coat Ruth Johnson's leadership, when the true facts are not present.

First, I cannot agree more with those who describe Ruth Johnson as distant and cold, and that she is not interested in listening to the views of the parents of students at her school. Whilst at Cantell I was the victim of vicious bullying, which extended to incidents such as ambushes and assaults outside of my home and being pushed down flights of stairs. Despite the severity of these incidents, no action was taken - mostly due to the fact that no files of complaint were ever addressed directly, nor did they reach high enough on the "priority list" to be handed to one of Ruth Johnsons "Leadership Team", let alone to Ruth Johnson herself. I was one of the prefect team whilst at Cantell, and was personally interviewed by Ruth Johnson twice in the running for this position, and yet despite this, I do not believe she knew any of the prefect team's names, other than the elite who she dubbed "Senior Prefects", who were chosen not for their hardwork, dedication or team spirit, but because of how they would look either side of her in press photographs.

For the first four years of my time at Cantell, the school was in Special Measures, a decision I do not argue against. The school was a shambles for the five years I was there (I cannot extend this any further back or foward in time, having not attended the school during this time to make this decision), and I was astounded that the school was taken out of Special Measures. However, the decision was not, persee, a shock, due to the fact that it was common knowledge in the school that Ruth Johnson handed bribes to those students who were constantly ill-behaved to act in a manner that would portray the school in a good light.

Therefore, I am not at all suprised that the students, staff and parents are disgruntled by the leadership of Ruth Johnson.

I am also not suprised that an incident like this had happened, having predicted it upon the announcement that Ruth Johnson was to leave Cantell to become Headteacher of a new school in the city. The news was met with jubilation around the school, even in the Year 11 students, despite the fact that we would only have enjoyed three months without Ruth Johnson as headteacher. (And it must be noted that the new headteacher, Ruth Evans, provided a far better impression in three months than Ruth Johnson managed in the four years she was headteacher at the school)

I must, therefore, take you back to the moment three years ago when, due to a decision made by Ruth Johnson, a similar situation occured at Cantell, which was published in the Daily Echo. In that instance, Ruth Johnson took it upon herself to ban all fundraising events for Red Nose Day 2005, causing uproar in the school and outer community. Due to this decision, the majority of pupils at the school walked out of lessons in protest, with banners and chants of "RND". In this instance as well Ruth Johnson was portrayed in her true colours, with the Daily Echo going as far as to accompany an article on the incident with a picture of Ruth Johnson with a computer generated red-nose on her face.

It is time for the Daily Echo to once again take this stance and accept that the actions of Ruth Johnson have been unacceptable, both in this instance and in the Red Nose Day incident, and therefore the Daily Echo should not be trying to sugar coat the incident by providing Ruth Johnson with a private video interview when she should be dealing with the incident at hand, or preparing her resignation, as it is clear that she is not up to the task of handling even the smallest of schools, let alone schools the size of Cantell or Oasis Academy.

I dearly hope that the majority of the public will not be fooled by this interview, and hope that the facts I have given will assist in the running of the Oasis Academy, whether it helps to make Ruth Johnson realise that she cannot ignore the parents and students as she did at Cantell, or to assist in the resignation of Ruth Johnson, by providing the public with even more ample reason to want her gone.
After being a student of Ruth Johnson's for four years, I must admit I am not suprised to hear this news, as an incident like this has occured before. I was a pupil at Cantell Maths and Computing College for five years, and for the latter four years of my attendance, Ruth Johnson was headteacher. Ruth Johnson's callous mention of Cantell in this interview is underhand and does well in trying to sugar coat Ruth Johnson's leadership, when the true facts are not present. First, I cannot agree more with those who describe Ruth Johnson as distant and cold, and that she is not interested in listening to the views of the parents of students at her school. Whilst at Cantell I was the victim of vicious bullying, which extended to incidents such as ambushes and assaults outside of my home and being pushed down flights of stairs. Despite the severity of these incidents, no action was taken - mostly due to the fact that no files of complaint were ever addressed directly, nor did they reach high enough on the "priority list" to be handed to one of Ruth Johnsons "Leadership Team", let alone to Ruth Johnson herself. I was one of the prefect team whilst at Cantell, and was personally interviewed by Ruth Johnson twice in the running for this position, and yet despite this, I do not believe she knew any of the prefect team's names, other than the elite who she dubbed "Senior Prefects", who were chosen not for their hardwork, dedication or team spirit, but because of how they would look either side of her in press photographs. For the first four years of my time at Cantell, the school was in Special Measures, a decision I do not argue against. The school was a shambles for the five years I was there (I cannot extend this any further back or foward in time, having not attended the school during this time to make this decision), and I was astounded that the school was taken out of Special Measures. However, the decision was not, persee, a shock, due to the fact that it was common knowledge in the school that Ruth Johnson handed bribes to those students who were constantly ill-behaved to act in a manner that would portray the school in a good light. Therefore, I am not at all suprised that the students, staff and parents are disgruntled by the leadership of Ruth Johnson. I am also not suprised that an incident like this had happened, having predicted it upon the announcement that Ruth Johnson was to leave Cantell to become Headteacher of a new school in the city. The news was met with jubilation around the school, even in the Year 11 students, despite the fact that we would only have enjoyed three months without Ruth Johnson as headteacher. (And it must be noted that the new headteacher, Ruth Evans, provided a far better impression in three months than Ruth Johnson managed in the four years she was headteacher at the school) I must, therefore, take you back to the moment three years ago when, due to a decision made by Ruth Johnson, a similar situation occured at Cantell, which was published in the Daily Echo. In that instance, Ruth Johnson took it upon herself to ban all fundraising events for Red Nose Day 2005, causing uproar in the school and outer community. Due to this decision, the majority of pupils at the school walked out of lessons in protest, with banners and chants of "RND". In this instance as well Ruth Johnson was portrayed in her true colours, with the Daily Echo going as far as to accompany an article on the incident with a picture of Ruth Johnson with a computer generated red-nose on her face. It is time for the Daily Echo to once again take this stance and accept that the actions of Ruth Johnson have been unacceptable, both in this instance and in the Red Nose Day incident, and therefore the Daily Echo should not be trying to sugar coat the incident by providing Ruth Johnson with a private video interview when she should be dealing with the incident at hand, or preparing her resignation, as it is clear that she is not up to the task of handling even the smallest of schools, let alone schools the size of Cantell or Oasis Academy. I dearly hope that the majority of the public will not be fooled by this interview, and hope that the facts I have given will assist in the running of the Oasis Academy, whether it helps to make Ruth Johnson realise that she cannot ignore the parents and students as she did at Cantell, or to assist in the resignation of Ruth Johnson, by providing the public with even more ample reason to want her gone. Dramatic Melody
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5:57pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Cantellion says...

HaHa.I find most of these comments really quite amusing if you don't mind me saying. You are passing judgement on a person alot of you do not yet even know.Ruth Johnson has a fantastic track record with southampton schools. You should be happy to have her working there. And for all the academy puils,yes she does at first come across the way you are descibing her. But give her a chance. She will turn the school around. Trust me,get to know her, she is always happy to talk. If you aren't happy with the schooling ,arrange a meeting with her. She will Listen and take your views into consideration. What you have to realise is that woolston and grove park were never top-flite schools before the merge.So give it and ruth a chance before all this. She will turn your school around!
HaHa.I find most of these comments really quite amusing if you don't mind me saying. You are passing judgement on a person alot of you do not yet even know.Ruth Johnson has a fantastic track record with southampton schools. You should be happy to have her working there. And for all the academy puils,yes she does at first come across the way you are descibing her. But give her a chance. She will turn the school around. Trust me,get to know her, she is always happy to talk. If you aren't happy with the schooling ,arrange a meeting with her. She will Listen and take your views into consideration. What you have to realise is that woolston and grove park were never top-flite schools before the merge.So give it and ruth a chance before all this. She will turn your school around! Cantellion
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6:37pm Fri 24 Oct 08

davesbabe says...

Cantellion wrote:
HaHa.I find most of these comments really quite amusing if you don't mind me saying. You are passing judgement on a person alot of you do not yet even know.Ruth Johnson has a fantastic track record with southampton schools. You should be happy to have her working there. And for all the academy puils,yes she does at first come across the way you are descibing her. But give her a chance. She will turn the school around. Trust me,get to know her, she is always happy to talk. If you aren't happy with the schooling ,arrange a meeting with her. She will Listen and take your views into consideration. What you have to realise is that woolston and grove park were never top-flite schools before the merge.So give it and ruth a chance before all this. She will turn your school around!
well i for one do know her, she taught me for at least 3 years at sholing girls and im sorry but she does come across as cold and uncommunicable, she also has a way of making you feel like an idiot if you ask for help, i am not against ruth johnson as a person just against the way she is running the school and i pray that offsted does something very quickly or these poor kids lives will be ruined, i am starting to regret having to send my daughter there next year, i cant send her to the school i wanted to, tstc, because the government and bus company has cut the busses and she is far too young to walk all that way herself as i dont drive, the choice has been taken away from many of us and we want a better education for our kids, why is that so wrong? if the prime minister etc doesnt do his job he gets replaced, it is the same with everything the world over, football, rugby, actors actresses, so why shouldnt she? if she cant bring this academy together and do her job properly she should be replaced!!
[quote][p][bold]Cantellion[/bold] wrote: HaHa.I find most of these comments really quite amusing if you don't mind me saying. You are passing judgement on a person alot of you do not yet even know.Ruth Johnson has a fantastic track record with southampton schools. You should be happy to have her working there. And for all the academy puils,yes she does at first come across the way you are descibing her. But give her a chance. She will turn the school around. Trust me,get to know her, she is always happy to talk. If you aren't happy with the schooling ,arrange a meeting with her. She will Listen and take your views into consideration. What you have to realise is that woolston and grove park were never top-flite schools before the merge.So give it and ruth a chance before all this. She will turn your school around![/p][/quote]well i for one do know her, she taught me for at least 3 years at sholing girls and im sorry but she does come across as cold and uncommunicable, she also has a way of making you feel like an idiot if you ask for help, i am not against ruth johnson as a person just against the way she is running the school and i pray that offsted does something very quickly or these poor kids lives will be ruined, i am starting to regret having to send my daughter there next year, i cant send her to the school i wanted to, tstc, because the government and bus company has cut the busses and she is far too young to walk all that way herself as i dont drive, the choice has been taken away from many of us and we want a better education for our kids, why is that so wrong? if the prime minister etc doesnt do his job he gets replaced, it is the same with everything the world over, football, rugby, actors actresses, so why shouldnt she? if she cant bring this academy together and do her job properly she should be replaced!! davesbabe
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7:29pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Year10Kid says...

Sooo I've Taking Like 6 Tests This Term..And If All Of Them Ive Got Lower Than A...'D'...And Im In Top Sets, This Aint My Fault Because I Dont Misbehave At School,, 'Tis The Schools Fault..The Teachers Have Absolutely No Control Of Their Classes Therefore They Are Unable To Teach And Make Of Copy Of The Board Or Copy Out Of Textbooks I Really Only Learn In 2 Lessons And Thats..History And R.E. Mrs Johnson, The Stupid B**** Thinks Learning Happens In Those Classrooms Well She Could Not Be More Wrong.. At Grove..Our Headteacher Mr Freeman Was The Best.. He Actually Listens And Cared About His Students And Staff.. But Ruth.. She Just Doesnt Give A ****.
Sooo I've Taking Like 6 Tests This Term..And If All Of Them Ive Got Lower Than A...'D'...And Im In Top Sets, This Aint My Fault Because I Dont Misbehave At School,, 'Tis The Schools Fault..The Teachers Have Absolutely No Control Of Their Classes Therefore They Are Unable To Teach And Make Of Copy Of The Board Or Copy Out Of Textbooks I Really Only Learn In 2 Lessons And Thats..History And R.E. Mrs Johnson, The Stupid B**** Thinks Learning Happens In Those Classrooms Well She Could Not Be More Wrong.. At Grove..Our Headteacher Mr Freeman Was The Best.. He Actually Listens And Cared About His Students And Staff.. But Ruth.. She Just Doesnt Give A ****. Year10Kid
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7:58pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Dramatic Melody says...

Cantellion wrote:
HaHa.I find most of these comments really quite amusing if you don't mind me saying. You are passing judgement on a person alot of you do not yet even know.Ruth Johnson has a fantastic track record with southampton schools. You should be happy to have her working there. And for all the academy puils,yes she does at first come across the way you are descibing her. But give her a chance. She will turn the school around. Trust me,get to know her, she is always happy to talk. If you aren't happy with the schooling ,arrange a meeting with her. She will Listen and take your views into consideration. What you have to realise is that woolston and grove park were never top-flite schools before the merge.So give it and ruth a chance before all this. She will turn your school around!
If you honestly believe what you are saying about Ruth Johnson, I regret to inform you that you are, infact, deluded.

Ruth Johnson is NOT, as you put it, "Always happy to talk", is disrespectful to staff, parents and students alike, and surrounds herself with her "leadership team" to act as a barrier when at events for the school (This was the case at Cantell).

She IS inaccessable, and your advise to "arrange a meeting with her" is misguided, due to the fact that, whilst at Cantell, my own mother was told she would have to wait six months for Ruth Johnson to be available for a meeting with her to discuss the situation I was in with bullying. Not only that but my mother was told that "any meeting arranged is prior to cancellation if a more important matter arises". Surely the students are ALWAYS the "more important matter", and her pretentiousness and ignorance led me to suffer four years of hell where I was brutalised for having an IQ above that of the average fruit fly (Which was, it must be said, around the average for pupils at Cantell).

She is a cold-hearted, callous person who has no respect for her pupils, and her only intent in life is to appear good in press, even if this means stiffling the students she is supposed to be supporting.
[quote][p][bold]Cantellion[/bold] wrote: HaHa.I find most of these comments really quite amusing if you don't mind me saying. You are passing judgement on a person alot of you do not yet even know.Ruth Johnson has a fantastic track record with southampton schools. You should be happy to have her working there. And for all the academy puils,yes she does at first come across the way you are descibing her. But give her a chance. She will turn the school around. Trust me,get to know her, she is always happy to talk. If you aren't happy with the schooling ,arrange a meeting with her. She will Listen and take your views into consideration. What you have to realise is that woolston and grove park were never top-flite schools before the merge.So give it and ruth a chance before all this. She will turn your school around![/p][/quote]If you honestly believe what you are saying about Ruth Johnson, I regret to inform you that you are, infact, deluded. Ruth Johnson is NOT, as you put it, "Always happy to talk", is disrespectful to staff, parents and students alike, and surrounds herself with her "leadership team" to act as a barrier when at events for the school (This was the case at Cantell). She IS inaccessable, and your advise to "arrange a meeting with her" is misguided, due to the fact that, whilst at Cantell, my own mother was told she would have to wait six months for Ruth Johnson to be available for a meeting with her to discuss the situation I was in with bullying. Not only that but my mother was told that "any meeting arranged is prior to cancellation if a more important matter arises". Surely the students are ALWAYS the "more important matter", and her pretentiousness and ignorance led me to suffer four years of hell where I was brutalised for having an IQ above that of the average fruit fly (Which was, it must be said, around the average for pupils at Cantell). She is a cold-hearted, callous person who has no respect for her pupils, and her only intent in life is to appear good in press, even if this means stiffling the students she is supposed to be supporting. Dramatic Melody
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8:13pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Ex woolston student says...

This is an outrage i know many students attending the porchester road site that were formally attending grove and woolston school. From talking to the students i dont feel as though they are trying to get their old schools back the students and parents understand that is not possible, but when the children wake up not wanting to attend school because they have to wait around for a teacher and are told endless promises that are broken (such as trips, physical activities,prefect opportunities, computer facilities and a minority of situations that are not dealt with effectively)you can understand that 100 odd students feel they need 2 express their selves because they care!. I know students that went for the position of head girl for the new school but now they say they "i dont want to be assosiated with such a sham!!!" the students education has been severly effected and the students futures are not looking bright, but if the staff members at the school are more use than the head teacher what do you expect! not only does this head teacher insult her students by call them liers, she has no intent to listen, understand, compermise and work alongside the young adults.No one has expected this change to be easy but the things that should be provided for any school are not at the correct standad for their life changing GCSE exams coming up. parents and student have not expected so much disorginisation!!! i will be contacting the echo with photographic evadence of the "40" students making a stand so that everyone can see the true number of students striking for what they believe in!!!!!!!!!!!
This is an outrage i know many students attending the porchester road site that were formally attending grove and woolston school. From talking to the students i dont feel as though they are trying to get their old schools back the students and parents understand that is not possible, but when the children wake up not wanting to attend school because they have to wait around for a teacher and are told endless promises that are broken (such as trips, physical activities,prefect opportunities, computer facilities and a minority of situations that are not dealt with effectively)you can understand that 100 odd students feel they need 2 express their selves because they care!. I know students that went for the position of head girl for the new school but now they say they "i dont want to be assosiated with such a sham!!!" the students education has been severly effected and the students futures are not looking bright, but if the staff members at the school are more use than the head teacher what do you expect! not only does this head teacher insult her students by call them liers, she has no intent to listen, understand, compermise and work alongside the young adults.No one has expected this change to be easy but the things that should be provided for any school are not at the correct standad for their life changing GCSE exams coming up. parents and student have not expected so much disorginisation!!! i will be contacting the echo with photographic evadence of the "40" students making a stand so that everyone can see the true number of students striking for what they believe in!!!!!!!!!!! Ex woolston student
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9:50pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Cantellion says...

Dramatic Melody wrote:
After being a student of Ruth Johnson's for four years, I must admit I am not suprised to hear this news, as an incident like this has occured before. I was a pupil at Cantell Maths and Computing College for five years, and for the latter four years of my attendance, Ruth Johnson was headteacher. Ruth Johnson's callous mention of Cantell in this interview is underhand and does well in trying to sugar coat Ruth Johnson's leadership, when the true facts are not present. First, I cannot agree more with those who describe Ruth Johnson as distant and cold, and that she is not interested in listening to the views of the parents of students at her school. Whilst at Cantell I was the victim of vicious bullying, which extended to incidents such as ambushes and assaults outside of my home and being pushed down flights of stairs. Despite the severity of these incidents, no action was taken - mostly due to the fact that no files of complaint were ever addressed directly, nor did they reach high enough on the "priority list" to be handed to one of Ruth Johnsons "Leadership Team", let alone to Ruth Johnson herself. I was one of the prefect team whilst at Cantell, and was personally interviewed by Ruth Johnson twice in the running for this position, and yet despite this, I do not believe she knew any of the prefect team's names, other than the elite who she dubbed "Senior Prefects", who were chosen not for their hardwork, dedication or team spirit, but because of how they would look either side of her in press photographs. For the first four years of my time at Cantell, the school was in Special Measures, a decision I do not argue against. The school was a shambles for the five years I was there (I cannot extend this any further back or foward in time, having not attended the school during this time to make this decision), and I was astounded that the school was taken out of Special Measures. However, the decision was not, persee, a shock, due to the fact that it was common knowledge in the school that Ruth Johnson handed bribes to those students who were constantly ill-behaved to act in a manner that would portray the school in a good light. Therefore, I am not at all suprised that the students, staff and parents are disgruntled by the leadership of Ruth Johnson. I am also not suprised that an incident like this had happened, having predicted it upon the announcement that Ruth Johnson was to leave Cantell to become Headteacher of a new school in the city. The news was met with jubilation around the school, even in the Year 11 students, despite the fact that we would only have enjoyed three months without Ruth Johnson as headteacher. (And it must be noted that the new headteacher, Ruth Evans, provided a far better impression in three months than Ruth Johnson managed in the four years she was headteacher at the school) I must, therefore, take you back to the moment three years ago when, due to a decision made by Ruth Johnson, a similar situation occured at Cantell, which was published in the Daily Echo. In that instance, Ruth Johnson took it upon herself to ban all fundraising events for Red Nose Day 2005, causing uproar in the school and outer community. Due to this decision, the majority of pupils at the school walked out of lessons in protest, with banners and chants of "RND". In this instance as well Ruth Johnson was portrayed in her true colours, with the Daily Echo going as far as to accompany an article on the incident with a picture of Ruth Johnson with a computer generated red-nose on her face. It is time for the Daily Echo to once again take this stance and accept that the actions of Ruth Johnson have been unacceptable, both in this instance and in the Red Nose Day incident, and therefore the Daily Echo should not be trying to sugar coat the incident by providing Ruth Johnson with a private video interview when she should be dealing with the incident at hand, or preparing her resignation, as it is clear that she is not up to the task of handling even the smallest of schools, let alone schools the size of Cantell or Oasis Academy. I dearly hope that the majority of the public will not be fooled by this interview, and hope that the facts I have given will assist in the running of the Oasis Academy, whether it helps to make Ruth Johnson realise that she cannot ignore the parents and students as she did at Cantell, or to assist in the resignation of Ruth Johnson, by providing the public with even more ample reason to want her gone.
Are you sure you attended Cantell,because that is a really bad lie you have thought up there my friend. Ruth Johnson turnt the school around,you should be thankfull. She will do the same for this school aswell (if the parents gave a half a chance). And yes there will be quite a few exclusions along the way,but thtas good (well at least for the well behaved pupils). The "bad bunch" should be excluded, it will make the school safer and a better learning enviroment. And as Much as you say that Ruth isn't for the kids,YOU ARE WRONG! She will listening to any concerns pupils have. And any pupils complaing of the lack of a student voice,if you'd of given Ruth a chance you would have had one by now. But nooooo you want to riot! Well it doesn't really bother me, i know Ruth and i know she will succeed. But all you parents come on here sl**ging her off won't help. You need to stop and let her get on with her job,give it six months that school will be a better place,give it a year it may even be better than Cantell. But as i said before Ruth has worked her magic on one school let her do it again .... PLEASE!
[quote][p][bold]Dramatic Melody[/bold] wrote: After being a student of Ruth Johnson's for four years, I must admit I am not suprised to hear this news, as an incident like this has occured before. I was a pupil at Cantell Maths and Computing College for five years, and for the latter four years of my attendance, Ruth Johnson was headteacher. Ruth Johnson's callous mention of Cantell in this interview is underhand and does well in trying to sugar coat Ruth Johnson's leadership, when the true facts are not present. First, I cannot agree more with those who describe Ruth Johnson as distant and cold, and that she is not interested in listening to the views of the parents of students at her school. Whilst at Cantell I was the victim of vicious bullying, which extended to incidents such as ambushes and assaults outside of my home and being pushed down flights of stairs. Despite the severity of these incidents, no action was taken - mostly due to the fact that no files of complaint were ever addressed directly, nor did they reach high enough on the "priority list" to be handed to one of Ruth Johnsons "Leadership Team", let alone to Ruth Johnson herself. I was one of the prefect team whilst at Cantell, and was personally interviewed by Ruth Johnson twice in the running for this position, and yet despite this, I do not believe she knew any of the prefect team's names, other than the elite who she dubbed "Senior Prefects", who were chosen not for their hardwork, dedication or team spirit, but because of how they would look either side of her in press photographs. For the first four years of my time at Cantell, the school was in Special Measures, a decision I do not argue against. The school was a shambles for the five years I was there (I cannot extend this any further back or foward in time, having not attended the school during this time to make this decision), and I was astounded that the school was taken out of Special Measures. However, the decision was not, persee, a shock, due to the fact that it was common knowledge in the school that Ruth Johnson handed bribes to those students who were constantly ill-behaved to act in a manner that would portray the school in a good light. Therefore, I am not at all suprised that the students, staff and parents are disgruntled by the leadership of Ruth Johnson. I am also not suprised that an incident like this had happened, having predicted it upon the announcement that Ruth Johnson was to leave Cantell to become Headteacher of a new school in the city. The news was met with jubilation around the school, even in the Year 11 students, despite the fact that we would only have enjoyed three months without Ruth Johnson as headteacher. (And it must be noted that the new headteacher, Ruth Evans, provided a far better impression in three months than Ruth Johnson managed in the four years she was headteacher at the school) I must, therefore, take you back to the moment three years ago when, due to a decision made by Ruth Johnson, a similar situation occured at Cantell, which was published in the Daily Echo. In that instance, Ruth Johnson took it upon herself to ban all fundraising events for Red Nose Day 2005, causing uproar in the school and outer community. Due to this decision, the majority of pupils at the school walked out of lessons in protest, with banners and chants of "RND". In this instance as well Ruth Johnson was portrayed in her true colours, with the Daily Echo going as far as to accompany an article on the incident with a picture of Ruth Johnson with a computer generated red-nose on her face. It is time for the Daily Echo to once again take this stance and accept that the actions of Ruth Johnson have been unacceptable, both in this instance and in the Red Nose Day incident, and therefore the Daily Echo should not be trying to sugar coat the incident by providing Ruth Johnson with a private video interview when she should be dealing with the incident at hand, or preparing her resignation, as it is clear that she is not up to the task of handling even the smallest of schools, let alone schools the size of Cantell or Oasis Academy. I dearly hope that the majority of the public will not be fooled by this interview, and hope that the facts I have given will assist in the running of the Oasis Academy, whether it helps to make Ruth Johnson realise that she cannot ignore the parents and students as she did at Cantell, or to assist in the resignation of Ruth Johnson, by providing the public with even more ample reason to want her gone.[/p][/quote]Are you sure you attended Cantell,because that is a really bad lie you have thought up there my friend. Ruth Johnson turnt the school around,you should be thankfull. She will do the same for this school aswell (if the parents gave a half a chance). And yes there will be quite a few exclusions along the way,but thtas good (well at least for the well behaved pupils). The "bad bunch" should be excluded, it will make the school safer and a better learning enviroment. And as Much as you say that Ruth isn't for the kids,YOU ARE WRONG! She will listening to any concerns pupils have. And any pupils complaing of the lack of a student voice,if you'd of given Ruth a chance you would have had one by now. But nooooo you want to riot! Well it doesn't really bother me, i know Ruth and i know she will succeed. But all you parents come on here sl**ging her off won't help. You need to stop and let her get on with her job,give it six months that school will be a better place,give it a year it may even be better than Cantell. But as i said before Ruth has worked her magic on one school let her do it again .... PLEASE! Cantellion
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10:53pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Dramatic Melody says...

Cantellion wrote:
Dramatic Melody wrote: After being a student of Ruth Johnson's for four years, I must admit I am not suprised to hear this news, as an incident like this has occured before. I was a pupil at Cantell Maths and Computing College for five years, and for the latter four years of my attendance, Ruth Johnson was headteacher. Ruth Johnson's callous mention of Cantell in this interview is underhand and does well in trying to sugar coat Ruth Johnson's leadership, when the true facts are not present. First, I cannot agree more with those who describe Ruth Johnson as distant and cold, and that she is not interested in listening to the views of the parents of students at her school. Whilst at Cantell I was the victim of vicious bullying, which extended to incidents such as ambushes and assaults outside of my home and being pushed down flights of stairs. Despite the severity of these incidents, no action was taken - mostly due to the fact that no files of complaint were ever addressed directly, nor did they reach high enough on the "priority list" to be handed to one of Ruth Johnsons "Leadership Team", let alone to Ruth Johnson herself. I was one of the prefect team whilst at Cantell, and was personally interviewed by Ruth Johnson twice in the running for this position, and yet despite this, I do not believe she knew any of the prefect team's names, other than the elite who she dubbed "Senior Prefects", who were chosen not for their hardwork, dedication or team spirit, but because of how they would look either side of her in press photographs. For the first four years of my time at Cantell, the school was in Special Measures, a decision I do not argue against. The school was a shambles for the five years I was there (I cannot extend this any further back or foward in time, having not attended the school during this time to make this decision), and I was astounded that the school was taken out of Special Measures. However, the decision was not, persee, a shock, due to the fact that it was common knowledge in the school that Ruth Johnson handed bribes to those students who were constantly ill-behaved to act in a manner that would portray the school in a good light. Therefore, I am not at all suprised that the students, staff and parents are disgruntled by the leadership of Ruth Johnson. I am also not suprised that an incident like this had happened, having predicted it upon the announcement that Ruth Johnson was to leave Cantell to become Headteacher of a new school in the city. The news was met with jubilation around the school, even in the Year 11 students, despite the fact that we would only have enjoyed three months without Ruth Johnson as headteacher. (And it must be noted that the new headteacher, Ruth Evans, provided a far better impression in three months than Ruth Johnson managed in the four years she was headteacher at the school) I must, therefore, take you back to the moment three years ago when, due to a decision made by Ruth Johnson, a similar situation occured at Cantell, which was published in the Daily Echo. In that instance, Ruth Johnson took it upon herself to ban all fundraising events for Red Nose Day 2005, causing uproar in the school and outer community. Due to this decision, the majority of pupils at the school walked out of lessons in protest, with banners and chants of "RND". In this instance as well Ruth Johnson was portrayed in her true colours, with the Daily Echo going as far as to accompany an article on the incident with a picture of Ruth Johnson with a computer generated red-nose on her face. It is time for the Daily Echo to once again take this stance and accept that the actions of Ruth Johnson have been unacceptable, both in this instance and in the Red Nose Day incident, and therefore the Daily Echo should not be trying to sugar coat the incident by providing Ruth Johnson with a private video interview when she should be dealing with the incident at hand, or preparing her resignation, as it is clear that she is not up to the task of handling even the smallest of schools, let alone schools the size of Cantell or Oasis Academy. I dearly hope that the majority of the public will not be fooled by this interview, and hope that the facts I have given will assist in the running of the Oasis Academy, whether it helps to make Ruth Johnson realise that she cannot ignore the parents and students as she did at Cantell, or to assist in the resignation of Ruth Johnson, by providing the public with even more ample reason to want her gone.
Are you sure you attended Cantell,because that is a really bad lie you have thought up there my friend. Ruth Johnson turnt the school around,you should be thankfull. She will do the same for this school aswell (if the parents gave a half a chance). And yes there will be quite a few exclusions along the way,but thtas good (well at least for the well behaved pupils). The "bad bunch" should be excluded, it will make the school safer and a better learning enviroment. And as Much as you say that Ruth isn't for the kids,YOU ARE WRONG! She will listening to any concerns pupils have. And any pupils complaing of the lack of a student voice,if you'd of given Ruth a chance you would have had one by now. But nooooo you want to riot! Well it doesn't really bother me, i know Ruth and i know she will succeed. But all you parents come on here sl**ging her off won't help. You need to stop and let her get on with her job,give it six months that school will be a better place,give it a year it may even be better than Cantell. But as i said before Ruth has worked her magic on one school let her do it again .... PLEASE!
I attended from September 2003 until June 2008. From the look of your post it is you who has never attended the school, given the fact that no student who attended the school whilst it was under Ruth Johnson's tyranny would speak of her as highly as you do. I would guess that either you are a "friend" of Ruth Johnson's (Though it is hard to believe that she has any "friends"), a spokesperson for Ruth Johnson, or one of the few teachers at the school who liked Ruth Johnson, and even then, these teachers were few and far between.

Firstly, why on earth would I lie about the regime of Ruth Johnson at Cantell. I have finished with Cantell now, and I am now happy in college (A feeling I believed I had long forgotten). Why on earth would I have such a passionate need to inform the public of the true nature of Cantell whilst under Ruth Johnson's dictatorship? Why would I make up such an elaborate lie if I did not personally live through the account I have given you. To give even a brief analogy of what I went through thanks to Cantell, and Ruth Johnson, I have had to reopen wounds I have tried my hardest to heal. Emotional scars are impossible to truly be rid of, but I was hoping that I was coping well, but seeing Ruth Johnson's face in the paper, and hearing her try and stifle the truth about what is going on at her new school, has ripped open those scars, and this time I refuse to take a step back and accept everything like I did when I attended the school, for fear of being punished for having an opinion.

So please, tell me, why would I pen such an emotional response to this story that I was sat trembelling as I recollected it whilst writing it, if I did not actually live through it?

Ruth Johnson DID NOT turn the school around, and it is common knowledge to all students at the school that Ruth Johnson offered bribes when it came to HMI inspections, so as to try and pull the school out of Special Measures. You cannot deny she was successful, but does this mean that the school deserves to be out of special measures? Under an honest headteacher such as Ruth Evans, if the school is irrepairable after the damage caused by Ruth Johnson, the school will quickly slip back into Special Measures, which will be a shame, as this will tar Ruth Evans' reputation, whilst boosting Ruth Johnson's, when it should be the other way around. Ruth Johnson is a manipulative dictator in her leadership, and makes my skin crawl at the thought of her, due to the cruel way she treated her students, including myself, by ignoring the problems faced by those of us who lived through hell at Cantell. To those of us with parents who feared each morning that they would get the phone call telling them that their child has been violantly attacked, stabbed or worse, like my parents did each and every morning I was at Cantell. If the saying that "School is the best time of your life" rings true, what sort of life does this leave us who experienced the true terrors of the school to expect later in life. Because I will NEVER say that Cantell was the best time of my life, because if it gets worse than it was then, I would end up committing suicide. Considering I was suicidal for the past three years thanks to Ruth Johnson's regime at the school, these are by no means empty-words.

I only stuck with the school through a sense of blind-loyalty at first, and then due to dedication to honour the teaching of the teachers at the school who truly cared about their students, and wanted them to do well. I did not feel I should abandon those teachers who had dedicated so much time, energy and care into each and every student at the school, including myself. There are some teachers at the school who go unnoticed, yet deserve top honours for their teaching, and their attitudes towards the students.

Ruth Johnson was not, and never was, one of them, and it is an insult to those teachers who are to have her compared to them.

Now, before you get any ideas, I was not involved in the Red Nose Day Riot myself, for I was far too timid to stand up for something I believed to be right, and I must admit that my experience at Cantell has hardened me enough to be able to recollect such instances, and be able to officially have my voice heard, so I can say "This is wrong".

Whilst I do not disagree that "the bad bunch" should be excluded, but I do not agree that those who protest to Ruth Johnson's tyranny are, by definition, the "bad bunch", and this is highly stereotypical of you to assume. Would you say that every worker who has striked in protest to bad pay, or poor working conditions, is one of the "Bad bunch", and should therefore automatically be fired, and shunned from society?

No.

But of course, that is a different situation, as it is adults involved.

When it comes down to it, a child or a teenager's voice is ignored, and it takes something to this extent for the world to open their ears. The fact that this is the second time there has been a mass-riot when it comes to Ruth Johnson's way of dictating a school should surely show who the villain is in the situation, and it is not the students who you have so wrongly automatically branded as "the bad bunch". It is Ruth Johnson, and the world needs to see her in her true colours.
[quote][p][bold]Cantellion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dramatic Melody[/bold] wrote: After being a student of Ruth Johnson's for four years, I must admit I am not suprised to hear this news, as an incident like this has occured before. I was a pupil at Cantell Maths and Computing College for five years, and for the latter four years of my attendance, Ruth Johnson was headteacher. Ruth Johnson's callous mention of Cantell in this interview is underhand and does well in trying to sugar coat Ruth Johnson's leadership, when the true facts are not present. First, I cannot agree more with those who describe Ruth Johnson as distant and cold, and that she is not interested in listening to the views of the parents of students at her school. Whilst at Cantell I was the victim of vicious bullying, which extended to incidents such as ambushes and assaults outside of my home and being pushed down flights of stairs. Despite the severity of these incidents, no action was taken - mostly due to the fact that no files of complaint were ever addressed directly, nor did they reach high enough on the "priority list" to be handed to one of Ruth Johnsons "Leadership Team", let alone to Ruth Johnson herself. I was one of the prefect team whilst at Cantell, and was personally interviewed by Ruth Johnson twice in the running for this position, and yet despite this, I do not believe she knew any of the prefect team's names, other than the elite who she dubbed "Senior Prefects", who were chosen not for their hardwork, dedication or team spirit, but because of how they would look either side of her in press photographs. For the first four years of my time at Cantell, the school was in Special Measures, a decision I do not argue against. The school was a shambles for the five years I was there (I cannot extend this any further back or foward in time, having not attended the school during this time to make this decision), and I was astounded that the school was taken out of Special Measures. However, the decision was not, persee, a shock, due to the fact that it was common knowledge in the school that Ruth Johnson handed bribes to those students who were constantly ill-behaved to act in a manner that would portray the school in a good light. Therefore, I am not at all suprised that the students, staff and parents are disgruntled by the leadership of Ruth Johnson. I am also not suprised that an incident like this had happened, having predicted it upon the announcement that Ruth Johnson was to leave Cantell to become Headteacher of a new school in the city. The news was met with jubilation around the school, even in the Year 11 students, despite the fact that we would only have enjoyed three months without Ruth Johnson as headteacher. (And it must be noted that the new headteacher, Ruth Evans, provided a far better impression in three months than Ruth Johnson managed in the four years she was headteacher at the school) I must, therefore, take you back to the moment three years ago when, due to a decision made by Ruth Johnson, a similar situation occured at Cantell, which was published in the Daily Echo. In that instance, Ruth Johnson took it upon herself to ban all fundraising events for Red Nose Day 2005, causing uproar in the school and outer community. Due to this decision, the majority of pupils at the school walked out of lessons in protest, with banners and chants of "RND". In this instance as well Ruth Johnson was portrayed in her true colours, with the Daily Echo going as far as to accompany an article on the incident with a picture of Ruth Johnson with a computer generated red-nose on her face. It is time for the Daily Echo to once again take this stance and accept that the actions of Ruth Johnson have been unacceptable, both in this instance and in the Red Nose Day incident, and therefore the Daily Echo should not be trying to sugar coat the incident by providing Ruth Johnson with a private video interview when she should be dealing with the incident at hand, or preparing her resignation, as it is clear that she is not up to the task of handling even the smallest of schools, let alone schools the size of Cantell or Oasis Academy. I dearly hope that the majority of the public will not be fooled by this interview, and hope that the facts I have given will assist in the running of the Oasis Academy, whether it helps to make Ruth Johnson realise that she cannot ignore the parents and students as she did at Cantell, or to assist in the resignation of Ruth Johnson, by providing the public with even more ample reason to want her gone.[/p][/quote]Are you sure you attended Cantell,because that is a really bad lie you have thought up there my friend. Ruth Johnson turnt the school around,you should be thankfull. She will do the same for this school aswell (if the parents gave a half a chance). And yes there will be quite a few exclusions along the way,but thtas good (well at least for the well behaved pupils). The "bad bunch" should be excluded, it will make the school safer and a better learning enviroment. And as Much as you say that Ruth isn't for the kids,YOU ARE WRONG! She will listening to any concerns pupils have. And any pupils complaing of the lack of a student voice,if you'd of given Ruth a chance you would have had one by now. But nooooo you want to riot! Well it doesn't really bother me, i know Ruth and i know she will succeed. But all you parents come on here sl**ging her off won't help. You need to stop and let her get on with her job,give it six months that school will be a better place,give it a year it may even be better than Cantell. But as i said before Ruth has worked her magic on one school let her do it again .... PLEASE![/p][/quote]I attended from September 2003 until June 2008. From the look of your post it is you who has never attended the school, given the fact that no student who attended the school whilst it was under Ruth Johnson's tyranny would speak of her as highly as you do. I would guess that either you are a "friend" of Ruth Johnson's (Though it is hard to believe that she has any "friends"), a spokesperson for Ruth Johnson, or one of the few teachers at the school who liked Ruth Johnson, and even then, these teachers were few and far between. Firstly, why on earth would I lie about the regime of Ruth Johnson at Cantell. I have finished with Cantell now, and I am now happy in college (A feeling I believed I had long forgotten). Why on earth would I have such a passionate need to inform the public of the true nature of Cantell whilst under Ruth Johnson's dictatorship? Why would I make up such an elaborate lie if I did not personally live through the account I have given you. To give even a brief analogy of what I went through thanks to Cantell, and Ruth Johnson, I have had to reopen wounds I have tried my hardest to heal. Emotional scars are impossible to truly be rid of, but I was hoping that I was coping well, but seeing Ruth Johnson's face in the paper, and hearing her try and stifle the truth about what is going on at her new school, has ripped open those scars, and this time I refuse to take a step back and accept everything like I did when I attended the school, for fear of being punished for having an opinion. So please, tell me, why would I pen such an emotional response to this story that I was sat trembelling as I recollected it whilst writing it, if I did not actually live through it? Ruth Johnson DID NOT turn the school around, and it is common knowledge to all students at the school that Ruth Johnson offered bribes when it came to HMI inspections, so as to try and pull the school out of Special Measures. You cannot deny she was successful, but does this mean that the school deserves to be out of special measures? Under an honest headteacher such as Ruth Evans, if the school is irrepairable after the damage caused by Ruth Johnson, the school will quickly slip back into Special Measures, which will be a shame, as this will tar Ruth Evans' reputation, whilst boosting Ruth Johnson's, when it should be the other way around. Ruth Johnson is a manipulative dictator in her leadership, and makes my skin crawl at the thought of her, due to the cruel way she treated her students, including myself, by ignoring the problems faced by those of us who lived through hell at Cantell. To those of us with parents who feared each morning that they would get the phone call telling them that their child has been violantly attacked, stabbed or worse, like my parents did each and every morning I was at Cantell. If the saying that "School is the best time of your life" rings true, what sort of life does this leave us who experienced the true terrors of the school to expect later in life. Because I will NEVER say that Cantell was the best time of my life, because if it gets worse than it was then, I would end up committing suicide. Considering I was suicidal for the past three years thanks to Ruth Johnson's regime at the school, these are by no means empty-words. I only stuck with the school through a sense of blind-loyalty at first, and then due to dedication to honour the teaching of the teachers at the school who truly cared about their students, and wanted them to do well. I did not feel I should abandon those teachers who had dedicated so much time, energy and care into each and every student at the school, including myself. There are some teachers at the school who go unnoticed, yet deserve top honours for their teaching, and their attitudes towards the students. Ruth Johnson was not, and never was, one of them, and it is an insult to those teachers who are to have her compared to them. Now, before you get any ideas, I was not involved in the Red Nose Day Riot myself, for I was far too timid to stand up for something I believed to be right, and I must admit that my experience at Cantell has hardened me enough to be able to recollect such instances, and be able to officially have my voice heard, so I can say "This is wrong". Whilst I do not disagree that "the bad bunch" should be excluded, but I do not agree that those who protest to Ruth Johnson's tyranny are, by definition, the "bad bunch", and this is highly stereotypical of you to assume. Would you say that every worker who has striked in protest to bad pay, or poor working conditions, is one of the "Bad bunch", and should therefore automatically be fired, and shunned from society? No. But of course, that is a different situation, as it is adults involved. When it comes down to it, a child or a teenager's voice is ignored, and it takes something to this extent for the world to open their ears. The fact that this is the second time there has been a mass-riot when it comes to Ruth Johnson's way of dictating a school should surely show who the villain is in the situation, and it is not the students who you have so wrongly automatically branded as "the bad bunch". It is Ruth Johnson, and the world needs to see her in her true colours. Dramatic Melody
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11:36pm Fri 24 Oct 08

julie burns says...

oh dramatic melody - i have been in tears reading what you have just wrote - feelings are running so high with recent events, my son who has just been excluded is just walking around the house looking lost... but hearing that you are now happy at college and have managed to deal with what you have been through is giving me hope - i have never said my son was perfect -but he now has to live with being brannded as was one of the boys who got expelled through the protest. don't let this open new wounds for you - like you said you are happy now at college - take care.
oh dramatic melody - i have been in tears reading what you have just wrote - feelings are running so high with recent events, my son who has just been excluded is just walking around the house looking lost... but hearing that you are now happy at college and have managed to deal with what you have been through is giving me hope - i have never said my son was perfect -but he now has to live with being brannded as was one of the boys who got expelled through the protest. don't let this open new wounds for you - like you said you are happy now at college - take care. julie burns
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9:08am Sat 25 Oct 08

mmmmm says...


It's not Ruth Johnson's fault that she has been handed a school on a split site that decision was handed to her by the DFES, despite her pleas for portacabins on the GP site. Obviously the points raised in the last few days will reiterate her calls for alternative arrangements.

I was there last Thursday. The Echo has exaggerated the story in real tabloid style, something it has been criticised for quite heavily on these boards recently. There were no weapons, chunks of wood; I saw wires pulled from a plasma screen TV and two fire door hinges pulled down. Some paper was pulled down from display boards, but this has been going on for weeks by some individuals determined to cause unrest. What was inexcusable was a group of kids charging through a science prep room, surely they realise there are dangerous chemicals and glass in that area? There were about 40 kids involved, I saw 3 girls, the rest were boys. Not knowing names of some individuals as they are new to me, I cannot comment on whether or not the right kids have paid the price, ie been excluded.

There is absolutely no way Ruth Johnson was and I quote “Locked in the medical room” while it happened.

Yes, there are some teething problems, but the kids who want to be treated like adults could behave like adults and wait in an orderly fashion for their teachers to arrive, respect the environment and realise that we aren’t going to go back to the way it was, think ahead, and be positive.
It's not Ruth Johnson's fault that she has been handed a school on a split site that decision was handed to her by the DFES, despite her pleas for portacabins on the GP site. Obviously the points raised in the last few days will reiterate her calls for alternative arrangements. I was there last Thursday. The Echo has exaggerated the story in real tabloid style, something it has been criticised for quite heavily on these boards recently. There were no weapons, chunks of wood; I saw wires pulled from a plasma screen TV and two fire door hinges pulled down. Some paper was pulled down from display boards, but this has been going on for weeks by some individuals determined to cause unrest. What was inexcusable was a group of kids charging through a science prep room, surely they realise there are dangerous chemicals and glass in that area? There were about 40 kids involved, I saw 3 girls, the rest were boys. Not knowing names of some individuals as they are new to me, I cannot comment on whether or not the right kids have paid the price, ie been excluded. There is absolutely no way Ruth Johnson was and I quote “Locked in the medical room” while it happened. Yes, there are some teething problems, but the kids who want to be treated like adults could behave like adults and wait in an orderly fashion for their teachers to arrive, respect the environment and realise that we aren’t going to go back to the way it was, think ahead, and be positive. mmmmm
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3:59pm Sat 25 Oct 08

mad mum says...

mmmmm wrote:
It's not Ruth Johnson's fault that she has been handed a school on a split site that decision was handed to her by the DFES, despite her pleas for portacabins on the GP site. Obviously the points raised in the last few days will reiterate her calls for alternative arrangements. I was there last Thursday. The Echo has exaggerated the story in real tabloid style, something it has been criticised for quite heavily on these boards recently. There were no weapons, chunks of wood; I saw wires pulled from a plasma screen TV and two fire door hinges pulled down. Some paper was pulled down from display boards, but this has been going on for weeks by some individuals determined to cause unrest. What was inexcusable was a group of kids charging through a science prep room, surely they realise there are dangerous chemicals and glass in that area? There were about 40 kids involved, I saw 3 girls, the rest were boys. Not knowing names of some individuals as they are new to me, I cannot comment on whether or not the right kids have paid the price, ie been excluded. There is absolutely no way Ruth Johnson was and I quote “Locked in the medical room” while it happened. Yes, there are some teething problems, but the kids who want to be treated like adults could behave like adults and wait in an orderly fashion for their teachers to arrive, respect the environment and realise that we aren’t going to go back to the way it was, think ahead, and be positive.
They have been waiting for there teachers. For FIVE weeks in some subjects!
[quote][p][bold]mmmmm[/bold] wrote: It's not Ruth Johnson's fault that she has been handed a school on a split site that decision was handed to her by the DFES, despite her pleas for portacabins on the GP site. Obviously the points raised in the last few days will reiterate her calls for alternative arrangements. I was there last Thursday. The Echo has exaggerated the story in real tabloid style, something it has been criticised for quite heavily on these boards recently. There were no weapons, chunks of wood; I saw wires pulled from a plasma screen TV and two fire door hinges pulled down. Some paper was pulled down from display boards, but this has been going on for weeks by some individuals determined to cause unrest. What was inexcusable was a group of kids charging through a science prep room, surely they realise there are dangerous chemicals and glass in that area? There were about 40 kids involved, I saw 3 girls, the rest were boys. Not knowing names of some individuals as they are new to me, I cannot comment on whether or not the right kids have paid the price, ie been excluded. There is absolutely no way Ruth Johnson was and I quote “Locked in the medical room” while it happened. Yes, there are some teething problems, but the kids who want to be treated like adults could behave like adults and wait in an orderly fashion for their teachers to arrive, respect the environment and realise that we aren’t going to go back to the way it was, think ahead, and be positive. [/p][/quote]They have been waiting for there teachers. For FIVE weeks in some subjects! mad mum
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10:41pm Sun 26 Oct 08

cross of woolston says...

someone out there is trying to coordinate - join this site and let's try to do something in a sensible, articulate manner!!!!
http://oasisacademyp
arents.info/index.ph
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someone out there is trying to coordinate - join this site and let's try to do something in a sensible, articulate manner!!!! http://oasisacademyp arents.info/index.ph p cross of woolston
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1:50pm Thu 30 Oct 08

forget me says...

hi my son also goes to this oasis school could anybody please tell me if u have had any meetings or any letters because i know i havent i think its a sham my son was bullied and they done nothing about it i am still waiting for phone calls but never got any of them my son was happy with woolston school why they had to change i dont know.
hi my son also goes to this oasis school could anybody please tell me if u have had any meetings or any letters because i know i havent i think its a sham my son was bullied and they done nothing about it i am still waiting for phone calls but never got any of them my son was happy with woolston school why they had to change i dont know. forget me
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6:30pm Fri 31 Oct 08

schoolsintrouble says...

hi my son goes to the woolston site and i have just heard that 15 teachers have quit last friday with no replacements so our kids will have substitute teachers as they start their gcse what is going on at the school? will they start to suffer? the head has said it will take two years to sort everything out meanwhile our kids fail? i dont think so!
hi my son goes to the woolston site and i have just heard that 15 teachers have quit last friday with no replacements so our kids will have substitute teachers as they start their gcse what is going on at the school? will they start to suffer? the head has said it will take two years to sort everything out meanwhile our kids fail? i dont think so! schoolsintrouble
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11:27am Mon 24 Nov 08

mumsie says...

just she really listen to what she say we ask, my daughter has difficultys at school but its like going to the doctors you never see the same one twice. at school you can see as many teachers as you like unless they listen as well as talk nothing will change. i feel that the woolston site was a good site with good end results there was firm rule and boundries which the new school do not have and there fore the pupils have picked up on this and are using it to there advantage
just she really listen to what she say we ask, my daughter has difficultys at school but its like going to the doctors you never see the same one twice. at school you can see as many teachers as you like unless they listen as well as talk nothing will change. i feel that the woolston site was a good site with good end results there was firm rule and boundries which the new school do not have and there fore the pupils have picked up on this and are using it to there advantage mumsie
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11:40am Mon 24 Nov 08

mumsie says...

forget me wrote:
hi my son also goes to this oasis school could anybody please tell me if u have had any meetings or any letters because i know i havent i think its a sham my son was bullied and they done nothing about it i am still waiting for phone calls but never got any of them my son was happy with woolston school why they had to change i dont know.
i have the same problem, but i have many meetings but all i get is a lot of talk and till the same result still no more help for my daughter just more detentions and all it would take is to talk to her to find out what the problem is ... the problem is she needs more help with reading writing and lit but as they say they do not have the money to help her more than they allready are so she is pushed to the side in woolston she had the extra help with what she needed plz does anyone else feel like us .
[quote][p][bold]forget me[/bold] wrote: hi my son also goes to this oasis school could anybody please tell me if u have had any meetings or any letters because i know i havent i think its a sham my son was bullied and they done nothing about it i am still waiting for phone calls but never got any of them my son was happy with woolston school why they had to change i dont know.[/p][/quote]i have the same problem, but i have many meetings but all i get is a lot of talk and till the same result still no more help for my daughter just more detentions and all it would take is to talk to her to find out what the problem is ... the problem is she needs more help with reading writing and lit but as they say they do not have the money to help her more than they allready are so she is pushed to the side in woolston she had the extra help with what she needed plz does anyone else feel like us . mumsie
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