Ofsted inspectors called into Oasis Academy Mayfield

Daily Echo: Ruth Johnson and pupils at Oasis Academy Ruth Johnson and pupils at Oasis Academy

A PROBE is underway at a Southampton school where dozens of students went on the rampage.

Government inspectors are investigating the Oasis Academy Mayfield after a number of concerns were raised.

Ofsted, the body that inspects and regulates schools, last night confirmed it was looking into complaints that had been made about the troubled school.

A spokesman said: “Ofsted has been made aware of the concerns about the academy. They are following them up. They are aware of it and looking into it to see what course of action is needed, if any.”

The spokesman declined to give further details.

Video interview with Ruth Johnson - part one

Ofsted normally make monitoring inspections to academies within two years of them opening.

Parents have voiced concerns about the timetabling and organisation of the new academy, which was formed from the merger of Grove Park and Woolston secondary schools.

Woolston ward councillors yesterday complained they had not been able to give parents any reassurances because of a “wall of silence” from school staff.

And they said they were unhappy after they were advised that the academy, as an independent state-funded school, was outside of the city council’s remit.

In a joint statement Labour councillors Warwick Payne, Carol Cunio and Richard Williams said: “We feel that more direct action by the local education authority is required as there is clearly a very significant problem between senior teachers and pupils.

Video interview - part two

“We feel that Ofsted should be brought in to see what sort of ‘failings’ are evident at this educational establishment.

“They may not be educational, but they are certainly in need of a serious external investigation.”

The councillors also called for a meeting with the school.

As reported in the Daily Echo, principal Ruth Johnson insisted she was listening to pupils and parents and wanted them to join her in making the new school a success. She promised to resolve the timetabling problems that have prompted unions to threaten industrial action.

She also said reports of rampaging students were exaggerated adding that no more than 40 were involved and that only one window and door were damaged.

She said the protest was about impossible demands concerning the changes brought in, particularly the academy’s firm rules.

A spokesman for Mrs Johnson said she did not wish to make a comment on the Ofsted investigation or councillor comments.

Video interview with Ruth Johnson - part three

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10:56am Fri 24 Oct 08

pinkie55 says...

The video and article didnt mention that Mrs Johnson was hiding in the medical room when all this was going on did it?
Its a nice, safe, secure medical room....locks on the door...safe as houses she was!!
The video and article didnt mention that Mrs Johnson was hiding in the medical room when all this was going on did it? Its a nice, safe, secure medical room....locks on the door...safe as houses she was!! pinkie55
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10:57am Fri 24 Oct 08

cherrypi says...

Love the clasped hands! Are they praying? Looks like their prayers haven't been answered though - she's still there!
Love the clasped hands! Are they praying? Looks like their prayers haven't been answered though - she's still there! cherrypi
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10:57am Fri 24 Oct 08

cherrypi says...

Love the clasped hands! Are they praying? Looks like their prayers haven't been answered though - she's still there!
Love the clasped hands! Are they praying? Looks like their prayers haven't been answered though - she's still there! cherrypi
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10:57am Fri 24 Oct 08

cherrypi says...

Love the clasped hands! Are they praying? Looks like their prayers haven't been answered though - she's still there!
Love the clasped hands! Are they praying? Looks like their prayers haven't been answered though - she's still there! cherrypi
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11:11am Fri 24 Oct 08

Woolstonian says...

Ruth Johnson has only every worked in Girl's schools.
All 5 of her year heads are female.
In her interview she stresses that no Girls were involved, even though witnesses saw them and Girls have even admitted being involved.
All 5 of the pupils suspended are Boys (all over 6ft tall.)

Sugar and spice and all things nice, slugs snails and puppy dogs tails?

Or the rather more serious matter of SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION?

Ruth Johnson has only every worked in Girl's schools. All 5 of her year heads are female. In her interview she stresses that no Girls were involved, even though witnesses saw them and Girls have even admitted being involved. All 5 of the pupils suspended are Boys (all over 6ft tall.) Sugar and spice and all things nice, slugs snails and puppy dogs tails? Or the rather more serious matter of SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION? Woolstonian
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11:18am Fri 24 Oct 08

cgt says...

Woolstonian, Cantell, where Ruth Johnson was previously head, is a mixed school.
Woolstonian, Cantell, where Ruth Johnson was previously head, is a mixed school. cgt
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11:20am Fri 24 Oct 08

ADMIN says...

Woolstonian wrote:
Ruth Johnson has only every worked in Girl's schools. All 5 of her year heads are female. In her interview she stresses that no Girls were involved, even though witnesses saw them and Girls have even admitted being involved. All 5 of the pupils suspended are Boys (all over 6ft tall.) Sugar and spice and all things nice, slugs snails and puppy dogs tails? Or the rather more serious matter of SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION?
Isn't Cantell a mixed school? Although I do not disagree with any of your other statements.
[quote][p][bold]Woolstonian[/bold] wrote: Ruth Johnson has only every worked in Girl's schools. All 5 of her year heads are female. In her interview she stresses that no Girls were involved, even though witnesses saw them and Girls have even admitted being involved. All 5 of the pupils suspended are Boys (all over 6ft tall.) Sugar and spice and all things nice, slugs snails and puppy dogs tails? Or the rather more serious matter of SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION? [/p][/quote]Isn't Cantell a mixed school? Although I do not disagree with any of your other statements. ADMIN
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11:37am Fri 24 Oct 08

Woolstonian says...

cgt wrote:
Woolstonian, Cantell, where Ruth Johnson was previously head, is a mixed school.
Apologies.
I looked at her career history on the Mayfield Oasis web-site and did not spot the Cantell bit.

I wonder how she treated the boys there?

It seems the major problem of settling into the new academy is the lack of communication between pupils and staff. The pupils and the majority of staff accept there are problems and hope against hope they can be rectified, and soon.
Mrs Johnson cannot see there are any problems and blames a minority of trouble-makers, who she is proud to have singled out and suspended.
Is this the correct attitude of a Head of School.
Perhaps there is a far easier way of removing a single trouble-maker so the Academy can move on and flourish.
[quote][p][bold]cgt[/bold] wrote: Woolstonian, Cantell, where Ruth Johnson was previously head, is a mixed school.[/p][/quote]Apologies. I looked at her career history on the Mayfield Oasis web-site and did not spot the Cantell bit. I wonder how she treated the boys there? It seems the major problem of settling into the new academy is the lack of communication between pupils and staff. The pupils and the majority of staff accept there are problems and hope against hope they can be rectified, and soon. Mrs Johnson cannot see there are any problems and blames a minority of trouble-makers, who she is proud to have singled out and suspended. Is this the correct attitude of a Head of School. Perhaps there is a far easier way of removing a single trouble-maker so the Academy can move on and flourish. Woolstonian
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11:37am Fri 24 Oct 08

Mr Chips says...

Well done Councillor Peter Baillie. You've managed to take a successful and improving school (Woolston), combine it with another one that was getting better each year (Grove Park) and hand them over to a bunch of religious amateurs with the results we've all seen this week and which the pupils and staff have seen since the (late) beginning of term. Are you proud that you ignored all the advice of your professional officers that the schools should be run by the Southampton Education Trust (made up of the universities, colleges and local employers)? These people knew about education. As well as the universities and colleges, VT were involved and they run education around the world (see a recent Echo for details). But no, you knew better, didn't you?

At what stage do you think you ought to apologise to the children whose education you have blighted and to the staff who are desperately trying to find employment in other schools?
Well done Councillor Peter Baillie. You've managed to take a successful and improving school (Woolston), combine it with another one that was getting better each year (Grove Park) and hand them over to a bunch of religious amateurs with the results we've all seen this week and which the pupils and staff have seen since the (late) beginning of term. Are you proud that you ignored all the advice of your professional officers that the schools should be run by the Southampton Education Trust (made up of the universities, colleges and local employers)? These people knew about education. As well as the universities and colleges, VT were involved and they run education around the world (see a recent Echo for details). But no, you knew better, didn't you? At what stage do you think you ought to apologise to the children whose education you have blighted and to the staff who are desperately trying to find employment in other schools? Mr Chips
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11:42am Fri 24 Oct 08

Lone Ranger says...

Woolstonian wrote:
Ruth Johnson has only every worked in Girl's schools. All 5 of her year heads are female. In her interview she stresses that no Girls were involved, even though witnesses saw them and Girls have even admitted being involved. All 5 of the pupils suspended are Boys (all over 6ft tall.) Sugar and spice and all things nice, slugs snails and puppy dogs tails? Or the rather more serious matter of SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION?
She said that there were 3 girls involved. You have got what you wanted " an Enquiry ". It will be interesting to see what that comes up with. In the meantime everyones continual, and at times pathetic, character assassination is not helping to resolve issues. Start aproaching it like adults ( thats if you are ) instead of this name calling farce
[quote][p][bold]Woolstonian[/bold] wrote: Ruth Johnson has only every worked in Girl's schools. All 5 of her year heads are female. In her interview she stresses that no Girls were involved, even though witnesses saw them and Girls have even admitted being involved. All 5 of the pupils suspended are Boys (all over 6ft tall.) Sugar and spice and all things nice, slugs snails and puppy dogs tails? Or the rather more serious matter of SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION? [/p][/quote]She said that there were 3 girls involved. You have got what you wanted " an Enquiry ". It will be interesting to see what that comes up with. In the meantime everyones continual, and at times pathetic, character assassination is not helping to resolve issues. Start aproaching it like adults ( thats if you are ) instead of this name calling farce Lone Ranger
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11:42am Fri 24 Oct 08

Kiwi says...

As an old boy at what was Woolston Modern Secondary School and was a founder pupil I have followed the recent reports of the uproar with interest.
First question is:- Why shut a school down just to reopen it under another name.
Second:_ Why should a State School need a Founder?
Third :- Is this a new format for Privatisation
As an old boy at what was Woolston Modern Secondary School and was a founder pupil I have followed the recent reports of the uproar with interest. First question is:- Why shut a school down just to reopen it under another name. Second:_ Why should a State School need a Founder? Third :- Is this a new format for Privatisation Kiwi
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11:48am Fri 24 Oct 08

Kiwi says...

Further to the above comments. The Oxford Dictionary describes 'Academy" as a special school. Please could the Principle take a few minutes of her time to tell me and the readers as well as the students and parents just what is so special about the "Oasis Academy"
Further to the above comments. The Oxford Dictionary describes 'Academy" as a special school. Please could the Principle take a few minutes of her time to tell me and the readers as well as the students and parents just what is so special about the "Oasis Academy" Kiwi
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12:02pm Fri 24 Oct 08

kitty38 says...

As I said before on YOUR SAY, I told my child and friends yesterday when I picked them up from school looking fed up and depressed to just keep their heads down and TRY and get on with learning something, their reply was 'we can't, as most of the lesson was spent with kids throwing chairs from one side of the class to another,' this is top set! AND again, they looked up and said that their education died the day they started at the new Oasis and there is just no point in going.
As I said before on YOUR SAY, I told my child and friends yesterday when I picked them up from school looking fed up and depressed to just keep their heads down and TRY and get on with learning something, their reply was 'we can't, as most of the lesson was spent with kids throwing chairs from one side of the class to another,' this is top set! AND again, they looked up and said that their education died the day they started at the new Oasis and there is just no point in going. kitty38
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12:13pm Fri 24 Oct 08

keiran33 says...

Untill there are teaching staff at one school rather than them trying to go between the two schools it is not going not work, kids waiting in corridors unattended for half hour while waiting for a teacher to turn up is just totally unexceptable, what do think a bunch of teenagers will do left unattended!! then not to mention when the teacher does arive they have no work for them to do becuase they have no time.come on why do think they are misbehaving there frustrated and bored with nothing else to do.
Untill there are teaching staff at one school rather than them trying to go between the two schools it is not going not work, kids waiting in corridors unattended for half hour while waiting for a teacher to turn up is just totally unexceptable, what do think a bunch of teenagers will do left unattended!! then not to mention when the teacher does arive they have no work for them to do becuase they have no time.come on why do think they are misbehaving there frustrated and bored with nothing else to do. keiran33
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12:20pm Fri 24 Oct 08

kitty38 says...

Hurry up Ofsted and start the investigation, our children want to learn, nearly 2 months wasted out of this school year already.
Hurry up Ofsted and start the investigation, our children want to learn, nearly 2 months wasted out of this school year already. kitty38
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12:34pm Fri 24 Oct 08

elly2 says...

Having spent some time on a placement at Woolston school a while ago I have been following this story with interest.

The main concern here is the students, several times I have read that the former schools were 'thriving and excellent' and 'improving year on year' but I have to ask, was it not the students that contributed to that? Instead of resorting to sniping, backbiting and causing more negativity should people not be working together to make the academy work so that the 'thriving, excellent, valuable' students can continue to do well, and turn Oasis Academy Mayfield into a 'thriving, excellent' academy that improves 'year on year'. Both former schools in the past had bad reputations, but they were 'improving', so why could that not be the case here?

It appears that there has been so much negativity and distrust in the new academy from the very beginning, it seems that some people were waiting for the day something went wrong to make their point, which is a shame, because this negativity will only serve to make things worse.

From reading and having friends and family at the academy in this situation it does seem that it wouldn't have mattered who was in charge, it does seem that whoever it was, Ruth or someone else, many people would still have found fault and had cause to complain. I think complaining is one thing, but resorting to character assassination is inexcusable, if the students are reading what people are writing on here surely it will only add to the disrespect that has already been displayed.

Maybe people need to accept that pulling together to make this work for every single student who is willing to work and learn, who is willing to accept that boundaries have to be in place, to ensure education is not disrupted is actually the way forward?

What has happened in the past as to the decisions that were made is in the past, that can now not be changed, this is the now, the present. It seems that so many of the staff and management are willing to try and work to move things forward, and that they are willing to work for the students, it just seems a shame that many do not feel this is possible.






Having spent some time on a placement at Woolston school a while ago I have been following this story with interest. The main concern here is the students, several times I have read that the former schools were 'thriving and excellent' and 'improving year on year' but I have to ask, was it not the students that contributed to that? Instead of resorting to sniping, backbiting and causing more negativity should people not be working together to make the academy work so that the 'thriving, excellent, valuable' students can continue to do well, and turn Oasis Academy Mayfield into a 'thriving, excellent' academy that improves 'year on year'. Both former schools in the past had bad reputations, but they were 'improving', so why could that not be the case here? It appears that there has been so much negativity and distrust in the new academy from the very beginning, it seems that some people were waiting for the day something went wrong to make their point, which is a shame, because this negativity will only serve to make things worse. From reading and having friends and family at the academy in this situation it does seem that it wouldn't have mattered who was in charge, it does seem that whoever it was, Ruth or someone else, many people would still have found fault and had cause to complain. I think complaining is one thing, but resorting to character assassination is inexcusable, if the students are reading what people are writing on here surely it will only add to the disrespect that has already been displayed. Maybe people need to accept that pulling together to make this work for every single student who is willing to work and learn, who is willing to accept that boundaries have to be in place, to ensure education is not disrupted is actually the way forward? What has happened in the past as to the decisions that were made is in the past, that can now not be changed, this is the now, the present. It seems that so many of the staff and management are willing to try and work to move things forward, and that they are willing to work for the students, it just seems a shame that many do not feel this is possible. elly2
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12:45pm Fri 24 Oct 08

AndyAndrews says...

There is not much prospect of resolving this when the parties cannot even remotely agree on the number of students involved in the disturbances and the extent of the damage. What are the FACTS?
There is not much prospect of resolving this when the parties cannot even remotely agree on the number of students involved in the disturbances and the extent of the damage. What are the FACTS? AndyAndrews
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1:03pm Fri 24 Oct 08

noel999 says...

THIS SCHOOL IS A !!!!JOKE!!!!

i will probly get kicked out for saying that

THIS SCHOOL IS A !!!!JOKE!!!! i will probly get kicked out for saying that noel999
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1:09pm Fri 24 Oct 08

sjf6 says...

My opinion is that the anger that is being directed at Ruth Johnson is because as the principal it is her job to sort any any problems, which is becoming very clear, she isn't doing!
She has brushed the incident under the carpet and from what i gather has only responded via the echo and not spoken to the students or parents to try and sort anything out.
My son is in yr 10 and was previously at woolston school, he is by no means an angel but back then his bad behaviour was few and far between. Since this school opened however this has changed dramatically. I get several calls a week from teachers and sometimes for the silliest things such as he came to the lesson with no pen !!
The one thing they never picked up though was the fact that several of the students have found that if they skip classes it's not picked up on (my son included).
I found out a few weeks ago that my son took it upon himself to attend a class he shouldnt have been in at a different site to where he should have been. He was 'missing' for 3 hours and nobody picked up on it. The teacher thought he'd been put there so didn't query it. When i phoned to complain i was told the 'system' had let me down as they dont take registers there and it's up to the individual teacher to sign in the students to his/her lesson which they sometimes forget to do!
Several times my son has done this and each time I have been the one to find out and telephone them. When i ask what punishment they are going to give my son i get told they DONT do reports as it doesn't benefit the child and detentions are hard to organise as the teachers are all over the place! I had to practically beg to get my son a detention.
I discipline my son at home but what use is it if i have no support from the school! I dont blame the staff as they are all lovely and just as dissolusioned as i am but the whole system needs looking at before one of the kids goes walkabout and ends up in an accident as WHO WILL KNOW.
I've been told the registration system will be running properly after half term, hmmm we shall see.
My opinion is that the anger that is being directed at Ruth Johnson is because as the principal it is her job to sort any any problems, which is becoming very clear, she isn't doing! She has brushed the incident under the carpet and from what i gather has only responded via the echo and not spoken to the students or parents to try and sort anything out. My son is in yr 10 and was previously at woolston school, he is by no means an angel but back then his bad behaviour was few and far between. Since this school opened however this has changed dramatically. I get several calls a week from teachers and sometimes for the silliest things such as he came to the lesson with no pen !! The one thing they never picked up though was the fact that several of the students have found that if they skip classes it's not picked up on (my son included). I found out a few weeks ago that my son took it upon himself to attend a class he shouldnt have been in at a different site to where he should have been. He was 'missing' for 3 hours and nobody picked up on it. The teacher thought he'd been put there so didn't query it. When i phoned to complain i was told the 'system' had let me down as they dont take registers there and it's up to the individual teacher to sign in the students to his/her lesson which they sometimes forget to do! Several times my son has done this and each time I have been the one to find out and telephone them. When i ask what punishment they are going to give my son i get told they DONT do reports as it doesn't benefit the child and detentions are hard to organise as the teachers are all over the place! I had to practically beg to get my son a detention. I discipline my son at home but what use is it if i have no support from the school! I dont blame the staff as they are all lovely and just as dissolusioned as i am but the whole system needs looking at before one of the kids goes walkabout and ends up in an accident as WHO WILL KNOW. I've been told the registration system will be running properly after half term, hmmm we shall see. sjf6
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1:14pm Fri 24 Oct 08

furtive_vole says...

My daughter was at Cantell during Mrs Johnson's tenure. While she was not a 'popular' person with many of the parents, students and staff, that was not her role - behaviour and attendance improved considerably and the school was able to come out of Ofted speacial measures quickly.
Merging schools is probably always an unpopular measure as well, whatever the reasons.
While I've no personal contact with either Oasis Academy in Southampton, my guess is that much of the problem was that the logistic, political and other issues (and contingency plans) were not fully recognised, thought through and communicated upfront in the rush for Oasis to gets its mitts on the new establishment.
And for families with children already at either school, realistically there was no choice about having the schools taken over by a remote organisation, presumably with its own long-term 'Christian' agenda.
My daughter was at Cantell during Mrs Johnson's tenure. While she was not a 'popular' person with many of the parents, students and staff, that was not her role - behaviour and attendance improved considerably and the school was able to come out of Ofted speacial measures quickly. Merging schools is probably always an unpopular measure as well, whatever the reasons. While I've no personal contact with either Oasis Academy in Southampton, my guess is that much of the problem was that the logistic, political and other issues (and contingency plans) were not fully recognised, thought through and communicated upfront in the rush for Oasis to gets its mitts on the new establishment. And for families with children already at either school, realistically there was no choice about having the schools taken over by a remote organisation, presumably with its own long-term 'Christian' agenda. furtive_vole
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1:36pm Fri 24 Oct 08

baz1 says...

Mrs Johnson is earning £100,000+a year (the going rate for Heads these days) and can thus afford to laugh all the way to the bank...and,before long,take early retirement(as most heads and senior "managers" do) on a huge index-linked pension based on final salary.No matter what-she'll be O.K....unlike the kids!
Mrs Johnson is earning £100,000+a year (the going rate for Heads these days) and can thus afford to laugh all the way to the bank...and,before long,take early retirement(as most heads and senior "managers" do) on a huge index-linked pension based on final salary.No matter what-she'll be O.K....unlike the kids! baz1
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1:58pm Fri 24 Oct 08

goard says...

Have all this in mind - we, the Southampton people, have had it up to our chins with beaurocrats. We were a peaceful City until this disgraceful intrusion in all our walks of life. Over the last four months our City has been ramsacked! If you all go on like this, we will end up like Pakistan - a disgusting heap of disorganisation - keep going, you will destroy us. There is a very dangerous intrusion in everyones life and sooner or later we will revolt. Whatever Mrs. Johnson is earning, £100,000, she has been put into a hotchpotch of disorganization. There is a recession and believe me we are beginning to get use to these 'cut backs'but don't push us too hard. However when it comes to schools the kids must have a stress free relationship with its teachers and other school mates. Don't rattle our cage!!

goard
Have all this in mind - we, the Southampton people, have had it up to our chins with beaurocrats. We were a peaceful City until this disgraceful intrusion in all our walks of life. Over the last four months our City has been ramsacked! If you all go on like this, we will end up like Pakistan - a disgusting heap of disorganisation - keep going, you will destroy us. There is a very dangerous intrusion in everyones life and sooner or later we will revolt. Whatever Mrs. Johnson is earning, £100,000, she has been put into a hotchpotch of disorganization. There is a recession and believe me we are beginning to get use to these 'cut backs'but don't push us too hard. However when it comes to schools the kids must have a stress free relationship with its teachers and other school mates. Don't rattle our cage!! goard goard
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2:02pm Fri 24 Oct 08

SUPERTOAD says...

When I heard about this matter I felt a need to join in the discussion as education is very dear to my heart. However I am not a teacher and as such I would never consider sinking that low. The Education that concerns me mostly is “Real” education which only comes to one after leaving Secondary Education.
I am an Engineer and a Problem solver by nature for which I have a track record second to none. I am now a cripple, (Thanks to the lack of Education in the NHS.) I most definitely have an, “Axe to grind!”
I therefore decided to obtain evidence concerning this matter which I have no doubt Ofstead is doing as well.
There is a lot of anger and emotion about this particular thread and as the old saying goes, “No smoke without fire”
It has been mentioned on this site that Ruth Johnston was at “Cantell School” which is where my son, (Now a Bsc, and Msc, he declined his Phd) was educated and I heard nothing but praise about him from all of his Teachers.
I can literally throw a stone into it from where I live. I have successfully trained a number of senior pupils from that school (and others) very successfully. I have heard praise about it indirectly from my neighbour who is a very good Technical College Lecturer and appears to have the same jaded view as my own on teachers.
I have therefore taken the step of contacting them through a pupil I have conducted some training with, (very successfully I might add) to do a “Straw poll” of Senior Boys opinions on Ruth Johnston, as I have found already that she was and is as popular as, “A rattlesnake in a lucky dip” I will report my findings on this site as soon as I have them. So far I have only expressed my opinion. Hopefully that will change. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” However she had better keep looking over her, (ample) shoulders!
Ruth Jonston appears to have lost any respect from the pupils which therefore makes her position untenable, she also apears to have none for others. Without respect which can only be earned not demanded. Education cannot take place meaning that her obscene salary is a waste of Taxpayer’s money.
Here is a bit of education for all, Salaries have to be earned honestly, we have already witnessed the result if they are not!
When I heard about this matter I felt a need to join in the discussion as education is very dear to my heart. However I am not a teacher and as such I would never consider sinking that low. The Education that concerns me mostly is “Real” education which only comes to one after leaving Secondary Education. I am an Engineer and a Problem solver by nature for which I have a track record second to none. I am now a cripple, (Thanks to the lack of Education in the NHS.) I most definitely have an, “Axe to grind!” I therefore decided to obtain evidence concerning this matter which I have no doubt Ofstead is doing as well. There is a lot of anger and emotion about this particular thread and as the old saying goes, “No smoke without fire” It has been mentioned on this site that Ruth Johnston was at “Cantell School” which is where my son, (Now a Bsc, and Msc, he declined his Phd) was educated and I heard nothing but praise about him from all of his Teachers. I can literally throw a stone into it from where I live. I have successfully trained a number of senior pupils from that school (and others) very successfully. I have heard praise about it indirectly from my neighbour who is a very good Technical College Lecturer and appears to have the same jaded view as my own on teachers. I have therefore taken the step of contacting them through a pupil I have conducted some training with, (very successfully I might add) to do a “Straw poll” of Senior Boys opinions on Ruth Johnston, as I have found already that she was and is as popular as, “A rattlesnake in a lucky dip” I will report my findings on this site as soon as I have them. So far I have only expressed my opinion. Hopefully that will change. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” However she had better keep looking over her, (ample) shoulders! Ruth Jonston appears to have lost any respect from the pupils which therefore makes her position untenable, she also apears to have none for others. Without respect which can only be earned not demanded. Education cannot take place meaning that her obscene salary is a waste of Taxpayer’s money. Here is a bit of education for all, Salaries have to be earned honestly, we have already witnessed the result if they are not! SUPERTOAD
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3:05pm Fri 24 Oct 08

AngrySotonResident says...

A new revelation has come from my daughter this afternoon. She purposely requests to go to an isolation room so she can continue with her work in peace and away from disruptive students.

She will ask the teacher for the work and then make her way to the isolation room.

Why should she have to do this. To me this just promotes bad behaviour in the class and detaches the children that want to learn away from the teacher leaving the bad student to continue with their disruptive ways.

How is this disipline? How can the head allow this to continue?

If this is how the school works then it's no wonder there is disruption.
A new revelation has come from my daughter this afternoon. She purposely requests to go to an isolation room so she can continue with her work in peace and away from disruptive students. She will ask the teacher for the work and then make her way to the isolation room. Why should she have to do this. To me this just promotes bad behaviour in the class and detaches the children that want to learn away from the teacher leaving the bad student to continue with their disruptive ways. How is this disipline? How can the head allow this to continue? If this is how the school works then it's no wonder there is disruption. AngrySotonResident
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3:26pm Fri 24 Oct 08

angrymum says...

as a parent of 2 children who attend the lordshill oasis academy i feel there is just as much a problem at this academy as there are at mayfield. the rules that have been put into place are not working these include putting children on reports and inclusion on the other school site where they are kept in a room with a group of other so called naughty children. sometimes i never know what site my chlidren are on until they get home. the head teacher mr golding is never available when problems do arise with children..if other parents are experiencing problems then let it be known
as a parent of 2 children who attend the lordshill oasis academy i feel there is just as much a problem at this academy as there are at mayfield. the rules that have been put into place are not working these include putting children on reports and inclusion on the other school site [oaklands/millbrook] where they are kept in a room with a group of other so called naughty children. sometimes i never know what site my chlidren are on until they get home. the head teacher mr golding is never available when problems do arise with children..if other parents are experiencing problems then let it be known angrymum
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3:32pm Fri 24 Oct 08

AngrySotonResident says...

If you look at the photo of mrs Johnson with the students you will not that the students are all prefects.
If you look at the photo of mrs Johnson with the students you will not that the students are all prefects. AngrySotonResident
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3:51pm Fri 24 Oct 08

SUPERTOAD says...

I said that I would be back to state the opinion of Ruth Johnston at Cantell school however a lot sooner than I expected. I will not give an analysis of the conversation, simply a verbatim account.
“Can you tell me anything about Ruth Johnston at Cantell School?”
“Oh our Headmistress who went to Oasis?”
“Yes”
“Well nobody liked her, even the staff were glad to see the back of her!”
“Would you say that she had it in for boys in particular?”
“Oh no she was like it with everyone”
“Oh, in what way”
“She was ‘orrible, she was a strict disciplinarian which I thought was a good thing but she was ‘orrible to everyone. Even the teachers, they would not disagree with her because they knew she’d go off on one, even the Deputy Head had no say in anything!”
“ Bit of a control freak then?”
“Oh yeah”
“Would you, yourself describe her as a pre-menstrual ****?”
“Oh yeah, definitely”
Now, the person I spoke to is as honest as the day is long, his Father is a lifelong friend who never stops singing his praises and is not what I would honestly describe as an articulate person but is “As sound as a pound”
The conclusion that I have come to is not the fact that she appears to have bitten off more than she can chew which is natural Human behaviour, it is the fault of the person who appointed her. Being good at dragging schools up which was also expressed to me, but definitely the WRONG person to join two schools?
Someone suggested that she is some kind of overpaid political appointment which rings very well with me. There have been many, many examples of Nu Labour just giving out ill though through orders which they expect to happen by Magic!
Combining, requires some sympathy and understanding as well as discipline, changes must be implemented slowly even with adults let alone children!
Methinks this new broom has swept a little too thoroughly and a little lesson or rather a big one in humility is needed. An old saying I often use is, “No one is bigger than the gig!” Or this school will simply fail which would be disaster but a complete and utter failure for the children involved. The children appear to have been given a shock that they cannot deal with.
Which I have heard is happening, not enough teachers, travelling when they should be teaching, lack of furniture, (After combining two schools? Where’s it gone then?) No time to organise classrooms, Children left to hang around in corridors locked out of classrooms? Sounds like the perfect recipe for disaster to me. Tearing down children’s work from the walls? Replaced by posters declaring how good the school is? Do the children feel part of it? I suspect not. After all it appears to be for the glory of a Headmistress who shouldn’t be there in the first place! Let alone being paid an obscene amount of money that she’ll never be worth as long as she’s got a hole in her arse!
From what I have heard it sounds like utter greed to me at the children’s expense!
What do you get out of Chaos, CHAOS!
Caused by some **** that places her own comforts before those of children. I’m very glad that this Victorian Cow is not my mum.
Q.E.D.
I said that I would be back to state the opinion of Ruth Johnston at Cantell school however a lot sooner than I expected. I will not give an analysis of the conversation, simply a verbatim account. “Can you tell me anything about Ruth Johnston at Cantell School?” “Oh our Headmistress who went to Oasis?” “Yes” “Well nobody liked her, even the staff were glad to see the back of her!” “Would you say that she had it in for boys in particular?” “Oh no she was like it with everyone” “Oh, in what way” “She was ‘orrible, she was a strict disciplinarian which I thought was a good thing but she was ‘orrible to everyone. Even the teachers, they would not disagree with her because they knew she’d go off on one, even the Deputy Head had no say in anything!” “ Bit of a control freak then?” “Oh yeah” “Would you, yourself describe her as a pre-menstrual ****?” “Oh yeah, definitely” Now, the person I spoke to is as honest as the day is long, his Father is a lifelong friend who never stops singing his praises and is not what I would honestly describe as an articulate person but is “As sound as a pound” The conclusion that I have come to is not the fact that she appears to have bitten off more than she can chew which is natural Human behaviour, it is the fault of the person who appointed her. Being good at dragging schools up which was also expressed to me, but definitely the WRONG person to join two schools? Someone suggested that she is some kind of overpaid political appointment which rings very well with me. There have been many, many examples of Nu Labour just giving out ill though through orders which they expect to happen by Magic! Combining, requires some sympathy and understanding as well as discipline, changes must be implemented slowly even with adults let alone children! Methinks this new broom has swept a little too thoroughly and a little lesson or rather a big one in humility is needed. An old saying I often use is, “No one is bigger than the gig!” Or this school will simply fail which would be disaster but a complete and utter failure for the children involved. The children appear to have been given a shock that they cannot deal with. Which I have heard is happening, not enough teachers, travelling when they should be teaching, lack of furniture, (After combining two schools? Where’s it gone then?) No time to organise classrooms, Children left to hang around in corridors locked out of classrooms? Sounds like the perfect recipe for disaster to me. Tearing down children’s work from the walls? Replaced by posters declaring how good the school is? Do the children feel part of it? I suspect not. After all it appears to be for the glory of a Headmistress who shouldn’t be there in the first place! Let alone being paid an obscene amount of money that she’ll never be worth as long as she’s got a hole in her arse! From what I have heard it sounds like utter greed to me at the children’s expense! What do you get out of Chaos, CHAOS! Caused by some **** that places her own comforts before those of children. I’m very glad that this Victorian Cow is not my mum. Q.E.D. SUPERTOAD
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4:03pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Condor Man says...

angrymum wrote:
as a parent of 2 children who attend the lordshill oasis academy i feel there is just as much a problem at this academy as there are at mayfield. the rules that have been put into place are not working these include putting children on reports and inclusion on the other school site where they are kept in a room with a group of other so called naughty children. sometimes i never know what site my chlidren are on until they get home. the head teacher mr golding is never available when problems do arise with children..if other parents are experiencing problems then let it be known
so called naughty children? heaven forbid. Surely in the contract you sign with the school you have to send your child on the understanding that they will behave.

As a pupil 20 years ago at Bitterne Park I don't remember pupils being excluded- In 4 years there were no expulsions , only a few suspensions and the occasional detention. What the hell has happened in 20 years? INCLUSION.

back in the 80's unruly kids would never have been accepted into mainstream schools, having to go to 'special' schools instead. This meant that the well behaved had a chance to be taught. It's a pity Mr Blair decided to restrict the opportunities of the masses by introducing a policy that has destroyed the chances of a lot of kids in Southampton- willing accepted by then city education boss Cllr Bridle
[quote][p][bold]angrymum[/bold] wrote: as a parent of 2 children who attend the lordshill oasis academy i feel there is just as much a problem at this academy as there are at mayfield. the rules that have been put into place are not working these include putting children on reports and inclusion on the other school site [oaklands/millbrook] where they are kept in a room with a group of other so called naughty children. sometimes i never know what site my chlidren are on until they get home. the head teacher mr golding is never available when problems do arise with children..if other parents are experiencing problems then let it be known[/p][/quote]so called naughty children? heaven forbid. Surely in the contract you sign with the school you have to send your child on the understanding that they will behave. As a pupil 20 years ago at Bitterne Park I don't remember pupils being excluded- In 4 years there were no expulsions , only a few suspensions and the occasional detention. What the hell has happened in 20 years? INCLUSION. back in the 80's unruly kids would never have been accepted into mainstream schools, having to go to 'special' schools instead. This meant that the well behaved had a chance to be taught. It's a pity Mr Blair decided to restrict the opportunities of the masses by introducing a policy that has destroyed the chances of a lot of kids in Southampton- willing accepted by then city education boss Cllr Bridle Condor Man
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4:11pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Steve123 says...

Not just their work taken down but also their trophies that the school had won dating back many years!!!!!!!
Not just their work taken down but also their trophies that the school had won dating back many years!!!!!!! Steve123
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4:11pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Doomed school says...

I am a pupil at Oasis mayfield.
the school is a sham and getting worse everyday, There are so many children messing about in every class, most of mine people throw items around the classroom, chairs, boxes, books, paper balls and pens...Very little teaching is being done, The staff just cant control them,
something needs to be done!
I am a pupil at Oasis mayfield. the school is a sham and getting worse everyday, There are so many children messing about in every class, most of mine people throw items around the classroom, chairs, boxes, books, paper balls and pens...Very little teaching is being done, The staff just cant control them, something needs to be done! Doomed school
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4:23pm Fri 24 Oct 08

sharpe says...

Hear hear to ‘Supertoad!’ I am angry at Ruth Johnson saying that Cantell was in a mess before she took over. I think Supertoad’s straw poll will come up with some very interesting findings relating to what went on during her reign. From my experience in dealings with Cantell all communication ceased abruptly as soon as she became head. This seems to be the theme running through so many of the passionate responses to this debate. Parents and children don’t feel that they are being listened to or are being taken seriously. Until this issue of communication is resolved, no amount of permanent exclusions and disciplining will sort the school out.
So, I am pleased that OFSTED is going in. I just hope they are thorough and ask the parents and pupils about their experience of Oasis and take their opinions seriously. They would also do well to refer to ‘Supertoad’s’ straw poll when it comes out!
Hear hear to ‘Supertoad!’ I am angry at Ruth Johnson saying that Cantell was in a mess before she took over. I think Supertoad’s straw poll will come up with some very interesting findings relating to what went on during her reign. From my experience in dealings with Cantell all communication ceased abruptly as soon as she became head. This seems to be the theme running through so many of the passionate responses to this debate. Parents and children don’t feel that they are being listened to or are being taken seriously. Until this issue of communication is resolved, no amount of permanent exclusions and disciplining will sort the school out. So, I am pleased that OFSTED is going in. I just hope they are thorough and ask the parents and pupils about their experience of Oasis and take their opinions seriously. They would also do well to refer to ‘Supertoad’s’ straw poll when it comes out! sharpe
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4:24pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Sly Stallone says...

Apparently this would never have happened if the 2 rival schools had not merged. When push comes to shove that's what it comes down to. Those who wish to live by the sword, should be prepared to die by the sword. Good luck Head Mistress lady discipline is what is required here. Then those that want to knuckle down and learn will be able to. Kick out the dead wood.
Apparently this would never have happened if the 2 rival schools had not merged. When push comes to shove that's what it comes down to. Those who wish to live by the sword, should be prepared to die by the sword. Good luck Head Mistress lady discipline is what is required here. Then those that want to knuckle down and learn will be able to. Kick out the dead wood. Sly Stallone
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4:51pm Fri 24 Oct 08

10 Minute Man says...

Hi everyone ! I went to school once, so I feel qualified to comment on this story. I'm going accuse the headteacher, the kids, the government, the parents, and the French (hey, why not, they're an easy target) of not behaving in the way they ought. I don't have any answers and very few facts, but I do have plenty of unsubstantiated claims and a few bizarre or extreme opinions. Oh plus, everything was better in the good old days. Except when this headteacher was involved. Then it was bad and nothing improved.
Naturally, my off spring are perfect and all they want to do is learn, but are being put off/led astray by the naughty ones.
Let me finish by going off on a rambling story which does really go any where, but then our lizardy overlords at the IMF are really in control of this and if we only took to the streets in protest, they'd have to listen, wouldn't they?

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Hi everyone ! I went to school once, so I feel qualified to comment on this story. I'm going accuse the headteacher, the kids, the government, the parents, and the French (hey, why not, they're an easy target) of not behaving in the way they ought. I don't have any answers and very few facts, but I do have plenty of unsubstantiated claims and a few bizarre or extreme opinions. Oh plus, everything was better in the good old days. Except when this headteacher was involved. Then it was bad and nothing improved. Naturally, my off spring are perfect and all they want to do is learn, but are being put off/led astray by the naughty ones. Let me finish by going off on a rambling story which does really go any where, but then our lizardy overlords at the IMF are really in control of this and if we only took to the streets in protest, they'd have to listen, wouldn't they? I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. 10 Minute Man
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4:52pm Fri 24 Oct 08

nicola h says...

i think that the schools should have been left as they were, my son is in the last year and dosn't need a school like this, bring back mr freeman and stop sending kids from one site to the other, for some subjets it's just bloody crazy
i think that the schools should have been left as they were, my son is in the last year and dosn't need a school like this, bring back mr freeman and stop sending kids from one site to the other, for some subjets it's just bloody crazy nicola h
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5:05pm Fri 24 Oct 08

elly2 says...

Out of interest, am I alone in thinking that students throwing 'chairs' around a room is really inappropriate, and just an example of poor behaviour? I can see that some students may be frustrated, but to start throwing chairs seems a very silly way to express this. If people are complaining about there being no teaching or 'control' in lessons, then is it any wonder - should a teacher really be expected to deal with a pupil throwing a chair,? which could potentially could harm another person/people in the room?!
Out of interest, am I alone in thinking that students throwing 'chairs' around a room is really inappropriate, and just an example of poor behaviour? I can see that some students may be frustrated, but to start throwing chairs seems a very silly way to express this. If people are complaining about there being no teaching or 'control' in lessons, then is it any wonder - should a teacher really be expected to deal with a pupil throwing a chair,? which could potentially could harm another person/people in the room?! elly2
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5:22pm Fri 24 Oct 08

madworld says...

This school is slowly turning into chaos because there are no boundaries for the children. As a teacher at the school not a day goes by without having to deal with fights, threatening behaviour and kids running through the corridors when they should be in class. Nothing is made clear to us about behaviour policy of the school (it seems there isn't one)and there is no support for both staff and students. Lets hope this inspection causes Ruth open her eyes and acknowledge the real problems, for all of our sakes.
This school is slowly turning into chaos because there are no boundaries for the children. As a teacher at the school not a day goes by without having to deal with fights, threatening behaviour and kids running through the corridors when they should be in class. Nothing is made clear to us about behaviour policy of the school (it seems there isn't one)and there is no support for both staff and students. Lets hope this inspection causes Ruth open her eyes and acknowledge the real problems, for all of our sakes. madworld
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5:23pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Jimbo123 says...

It does seem to me that we now need to say enough is enough with this- it is being dealt with now, and all of this talk is in no way allowing the children to move on and learn-
For 100's of years children have always moaned about their teachers and head teachers- it seems that this lot now see this new academy as a reason to substantiate in their eyes these age old moans
To say that Ruth does not listen does seem outrageous if you know the facts- why do the people who say that she is not talking or listening not mention the parents evening on Wednesday that was a success- or why is no one talking about the number of applications being double the number of spaces available for 2009 intake
Yes so Ruth may not have the best personal skills and may seem aloof, but she is a Head teacher and not a PR person- there are 8 deputy/ assistant principles at the school, one with a role to promote student voice- these people may not be doing their job properly either.
It is time to leave this be, it has happened, all of the facts have been laid out by Ruth (has no one ever heard of the boy who cried wolf or seen a teenager exaggerate- this does happen!!!)
By keeping this arguement on an on, this is what is disrupting school business.
Ex teachers with an axe to bear as they did not get a promotion- move on, let this team do the job.

It does seem to me that we now need to say enough is enough with this- it is being dealt with now, and all of this talk is in no way allowing the children to move on and learn- For 100's of years children have always moaned about their teachers and head teachers- it seems that this lot now see this new academy as a reason to substantiate in their eyes these age old moans To say that Ruth does not listen does seem outrageous if you know the facts- why do the people who say that she is not talking or listening not mention the parents evening on Wednesday that was a success- or why is no one talking about the number of applications being double the number of spaces available for 2009 intake Yes so Ruth may not have the best personal skills and may seem aloof, but she is a Head teacher and not a PR person- there are 8 deputy/ assistant principles at the school, one with a role to promote student voice- these people may not be doing their job properly either. It is time to leave this be, it has happened, all of the facts have been laid out by Ruth (has no one ever heard of the boy who cried wolf or seen a teenager exaggerate- this does happen!!!) By keeping this arguement on an on, this is what is disrupting school business. Ex teachers with an axe to bear as they did not get a promotion- move on, let this team do the job. Jimbo123
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5:35pm Fri 24 Oct 08

revelator says...

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5:38pm Fri 24 Oct 08

revelator says...

Having read the many comments on the Echo’s site, I feel compelled to comment. It is clear from the amount of anecdotal and photographic evidence that Mrs Johnson’s claims of numbers of students involved in the disturbances is untrue. It is also very clear that her relationship with the students and parents is fractured beyond repair. I appreciate that any new school takes time to bed in new systems, etc. Which surely makes it even more important to ensure that you do not alienate everybody else involved? However, in the space of just half a term, Ruth Johnson has managed to alienate the students, parents, local community and teachers at the school (to the extent that both the NUT and NAS/UWT have threatened strike action over the timetable fiasco). Incidentally, this is not the first time her ‘robust’ management style has managed to create problems at a school. Speak to any of her former teachers and students at Cantell School, and the vast majority will tell you how much happier they are now that she has been replaced with a Head teacher who actually listens to people and values their input.



Perhaps the most telling comment is the one that Oasis gave to the local councillors who asked about what was happening. They were told “that academy, as an independent state-funded school, was outside the city council’s remit”. In other words, there is no local accountability whatsoever. Perhaps you could complain via your MPs, but given that the academies were enthusiastically promoted by Blair, and backed by the Tories complaints are likely to be ignored. This is precisely why many members of the local community were so against the setting up of an academy in the first place. The sense of frustration is now apparent from the comments on the message board from parents/students who simply want a decent local school. We used to have two of them here – now we have one that is a complete mess, and will be until Oasis gets out and the school goes back to local control.

Having read the many comments on the Echo’s site, I feel compelled to comment. It is clear from the amount of anecdotal and photographic evidence that Mrs Johnson’s claims of numbers of students involved in the disturbances is untrue. It is also very clear that her relationship with the students and parents is fractured beyond repair. I appreciate that any new school takes time to bed in new systems, etc. Which surely makes it even more important to ensure that you do not alienate everybody else involved? However, in the space of just half a term, Ruth Johnson has managed to alienate the students, parents, local community and teachers at the school (to the extent that both the NUT and NAS/UWT have threatened strike action over the timetable fiasco). Incidentally, this is not the first time her ‘robust’ management style has managed to create problems at a school. Speak to any of her former teachers and students at Cantell School, and the vast majority will tell you how much happier they are now that she has been replaced with a Head teacher who actually listens to people and values their input. Perhaps the most telling comment is the one that Oasis gave to the local councillors who asked about what was happening. They were told “that academy, as an independent state-funded school, was outside the city council’s remit”. In other words, there is no local accountability whatsoever. Perhaps you could complain via your MPs, but given that the academies were enthusiastically promoted by Blair, and backed by the Tories complaints are likely to be ignored. This is precisely why many members of the local community were so against the setting up of an academy in the first place. The sense of frustration is now apparent from the comments on the message board from parents/students who simply want a decent local school. We used to have two of them here – now we have one that is a complete mess, and will be until Oasis gets out and the school goes back to local control. revelator
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6:10pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Max Holz says...

Revelator, you're spot on. Is it too much to hope that Ofsted intervention can clear out Johnson, Oasis and co.? If not, how can it be achieved?
Revelator, you're spot on. Is it too much to hope that Ofsted intervention can clear out Johnson, Oasis and co.? If not, how can it be achieved? Max Holz
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6:28pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Nod says...

hmmmm the the security word I have to type "SHOT - HEAD"

ironic...?

the Times Educational Supplement have a nice unbiased article up if anyone wants to read it's at:-

http://www.tes.co.uk
/article.aspx?storyc
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94
hmmmm the the security word I have to type "SHOT - HEAD" ironic...? the Times Educational Supplement have a nice unbiased article up if anyone wants to read it's at:- http://www.tes.co.uk /article.aspx?storyc ode=6004180&navcode= 94 Nod
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7:06pm Fri 24 Oct 08

keith007 says...

iv,e been reading the paper today and i fell that oasies should be closed down at once or sack ruth johnson and replace her with someone who can run the school. That school is very bad children runing out of school.the smoking. the children from that school are very rude. they are very disruptive throwing chairs.hitting teachers and other pupils the throwing bins down stairs the women in the office do not take any notice of what is going on and they dont seem to care
what happens to the pupils. thoses pupils how are very disruptive should be thrown out of the school.
iv,e been reading the paper today and i fell that oasies should be closed down at once or sack ruth johnson and replace her with someone who can run the school. That school is very bad children runing out of school.the smoking. the children from that school are very rude. they are very disruptive throwing chairs.hitting teachers and other pupils the throwing bins down stairs the women in the office do not take any notice of what is going on and they dont seem to care what happens to the pupils. thoses pupils how are very disruptive should be thrown out of the school. keith007
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7:27pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Worried of Woolston says...

Really pleased there is to be an external enquiry. it is really tough for the parents trying to deal with this situation on a daily basis. I do know because my Grandson is one of the ones excluded. No discussion, no presentaion of evidence etc etc etc. I am just gagging for an independant investigation to reveal the truth.
just a few last thoughts. . . I'm not sure that poor communication skills necessarily translate into good leadership ability.
i did smile at condor man comment that when my generation taught his things were sooo much better and now his generation is teaching the situation is soo much worse.
Really pleased there is to be an external enquiry. it is really tough for the parents trying to deal with this situation on a daily basis. I do know because my Grandson is one of the ones excluded. No discussion, no presentaion of evidence etc etc etc. I am just gagging for an independant investigation to reveal the truth. just a few last thoughts. . . I'm not sure that poor communication skills necessarily translate into good leadership ability. i did smile at condor man comment that when my generation taught his things were sooo much better and now his generation is teaching the situation is soo much worse. Worried of Woolston
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7:41pm Fri 24 Oct 08

wizzle says...

Steve123 wrote:
Not just their work taken down but also their trophies that the school had won dating back many years!!!!!!!
My son was proud of the fact that his father was in one of the photosgraphs on the wall. Its such a crying shame that the school has nothing left to display and be proud of apart from fabricated, pre-printed posters!!!!
I will however stand up for the receptionist who i think does a fantastic job and must in most cases get shouted at day in and day out. She was receptionist when the grove was there last year and the poor woman i think is taking on to much and putting up with to much from everyone else. She knows all the boys well from last year and feels so isolated now that they are not allowed in this area of the school....why?....be
cause they spent loads of money on carpet that wasnt necessary, and heaven forbid that it now get dirty.
I have witnessed myself prefects standing like lemons at the entrance of the school, only to open the doors to visitors!!!! surly the visitor can open the door themselves and much rather know that these kids are in class learning rather than standing at a door for an hour a time!!!!!
Go to the forum that has started, and state your problems here, as many people are joing now, and things need to be done. At least if we express ourselves on the forum in a civilised manner, we may have some chance of being listened too.
Just get Ofsted in quickly and hope they can help sort this mess out.
[quote][p][bold]Steve123[/bold] wrote: Not just their work taken down but also their trophies that the school had won dating back many years!!!!!!![/p][/quote]My son was proud of the fact that his father was in one of the photosgraphs on the wall. Its such a crying shame that the school has nothing left to display and be proud of apart from fabricated, pre-printed posters!!!! I will however stand up for the receptionist who i think does a fantastic job and must in most cases get shouted at day in and day out. She was receptionist when the grove was there last year and the poor woman i think is taking on to much and putting up with to much from everyone else. She knows all the boys well from last year and feels so isolated now that they are not allowed in this area of the school....why?....be cause they spent loads of money on carpet that wasnt necessary, and heaven forbid that it now get dirty. I have witnessed myself prefects standing like lemons at the entrance of the school, only to open the doors to visitors!!!! surly the visitor can open the door themselves and much rather know that these kids are in class learning rather than standing at a door for an hour a time!!!!! Go to the forum that has started, and state your problems here, as many people are joing now, and things need to be done. At least if we express ourselves on the forum in a civilised manner, we may have some chance of being listened too. Just get Ofsted in quickly and hope they can help sort this mess out. wizzle
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8:10pm Fri 24 Oct 08

mad mum says...

Sly Stallone wrote:
Apparently this would never have happened if the 2 rival schools had not merged. When push comes to shove that's what it comes down to. Those who wish to live by the sword, should be prepared to die by the sword. Good luck Head Mistress lady discipline is what is required here. Then those that want to knuckle down and learn will be able to. Kick out the dead wood.
Does 'kick out the dead wood' include excluding boys who have done nothing wrong. And no im not just a mum who thinks her child is perfect. Im a mum who has had teachers and staff(from both sites) contacting me confirming that he wasnt to blame and that Ms Johnson has NO proof!She has neither spoken to my son or to us his parents! So if dead wood is a tall boy who has had his future ruined then yes you have your way!
[quote][p][bold]Sly Stallone[/bold] wrote: Apparently this would never have happened if the 2 rival schools had not merged. When push comes to shove that's what it comes down to. Those who wish to live by the sword, should be prepared to die by the sword. Good luck Head Mistress lady discipline is what is required here. Then those that want to knuckle down and learn will be able to. Kick out the dead wood.[/p][/quote]Does 'kick out the dead wood' include excluding boys who have done nothing wrong. And no im not just a mum who thinks her child is perfect. Im a mum who has had teachers and staff(from both sites) contacting me confirming that he wasnt to blame and that Ms Johnson has NO proof!She has neither spoken to my son or to us his parents! So if dead wood is a tall boy who has had his future ruined then yes you have your way! mad mum
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8:15pm 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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8:18pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Woolstonian says...

I cannot stand this pig-headedness, the I am right and EVERYONE ELSE is wrong attitude, the obvious failings being papered over by changing the subject during pre-arranged interviews to the invited local press, happy to just carry on with the master-plan even though it is clearly failing, blaming the angry mob of the lower classes who are too thick to have an opinion of their own, the smug self-satisfied grin, a couple of people defending her actions to the hilt on this web-site.

Does anyone else think Ruth Johnson could be Rupert Lowe in drag?
I cannot stand this pig-headedness, the I am right and EVERYONE ELSE is wrong attitude, the obvious failings being papered over by changing the subject during pre-arranged interviews to the invited local press, happy to just carry on with the master-plan even though it is clearly failing, blaming the angry mob of the lower classes who are too thick to have an opinion of their own, the smug self-satisfied grin, a couple of people defending her actions to the hilt on this web-site. Does anyone else think Ruth Johnson could be Rupert Lowe in drag? Woolstonian
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8:20pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Waynes world lover =] says...

Thank god that ofsted are getting involved!!!
The academy is a mess and seeing as our headteacher does not want to admit it has serious problems then it is obvious that someone else has to get involved! Many students and parents our worried about our gcse's being affected and i have to say i am deeply concered to lets hope ofsted will help us out before we all fail our gcse's and have no worth while future!
Thank god that ofsted are getting involved!!! The academy is a mess and seeing as our headteacher does not want to admit it has serious problems then it is obvious that someone else has to get involved! Many students and parents our worried about our gcse's being affected and i have to say i am deeply concered to lets hope ofsted will help us out before we all fail our gcse's and have no worth while future! Waynes world lover =]
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8:31pm Fri 24 Oct 08

deckdog says...

i think that health and safety should get down to this school as soon as possible to observe the way the whole school gets out the 2 doors at the end of the day. as a student of this school i am very un-happy with this school and i hope this school gets its act together otherwise who knows what will happen...
i think that health and safety should get down to this school as soon as possible to observe the way the whole school gets out the 2 doors at the end of the day. as a student of this school i am very un-happy with this school and i hope this school gets its act together otherwise who knows what will happen... deckdog
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8:52pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Year10Kid says...

Why. Oh Why Oh Why.. Ofsted Should Take Severe Action On The School And Sack Ruth Because She Really Does Not Care All She Cares About Is Her Prefects..She Trusts No1 Apart From Her Prefects..Har! What A Looser! Like I Said They Were Chanting 'Mrs Johnson What A ****' So She Is Clearly Hated By Every Single Student And Most Of The Staff Aswell She Should Actually Just Resign Before She Gets Sacked.. I Cant See How A Cold-Hearted Women Like Mrs Johnson Can Make 100K+ A Year By Hiding In Her Office All Day Planning Things Which Will Never Ever Happen..They Promise Us All Aload Of Stuff.. But It Never Happens! Just Get Rid Of Oasis And Bring In A New Sponsor! Bahgarr!
Why. Oh Why Oh Why.. Ofsted Should Take Severe Action On The School And Sack Ruth Because She Really Does Not Care All She Cares About Is Her Prefects..She Trusts No1 Apart From Her Prefects..Har! What A Looser! Like I Said They Were Chanting 'Mrs Johnson What A ****' So She Is Clearly Hated By Every Single Student And Most Of The Staff Aswell She Should Actually Just Resign Before She Gets Sacked.. I Cant See How A Cold-Hearted Women Like Mrs Johnson Can Make 100K+ A Year By Hiding In Her Office All Day Planning Things Which Will Never Ever Happen..They Promise Us All Aload Of Stuff.. But It Never Happens! Just Get Rid Of Oasis And Bring In A New Sponsor! Bahgarr! Year10Kid
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9:27pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Rob444 says...

Max Holz wrote:
Revelator, you're spot on. Is it too much to hope that Ofsted intervention can clear out Johnson, Oasis and co.? If not, how can it be achieved?
If enough parents demand a vote of no confidence in the Oasis Trust then something might happen. Just keep up the pressure, don't let it simply die down when Ofsted say everything will be alright.

PEOPLE POWER!

[quote][p][bold]Max Holz[/bold] wrote: Revelator, you're spot on. Is it too much to hope that Ofsted intervention can clear out Johnson, Oasis and co.? If not, how can it be achieved? [/p][/quote]If enough parents demand a vote of no confidence in the Oasis Trust then something might happen. Just keep up the pressure, don't let it simply die down when Ofsted say everything will be alright. PEOPLE POWER! Rob444
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9:34pm Fri 24 Oct 08

supporter08itchen says...


Below is a phrase that appears on Oasis documentation:

‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’
W.B. Yeats

Speaks volumes....
Below is a phrase that appears on Oasis documentation: ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ W.B. Yeats Speaks volumes.... supporter08itchen
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9:44pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Rob444 says...

Nod wrote:
hmmmm the the security word I have to type "SHOT - HEAD"

ironic...?

the Times Educational Supplement have a nice unbiased article up if anyone wants to read it's at:-

http://www.tes.co.uk
/article.aspx?storyc
ode=6004180&navc
ode=
94
The TES article is worth reading, but you will probably need to remove the spaces in the URL to make the link work.

The related articles:
"Sponsor rebuked for pupil riot"
and
"Minister's anger over academies decision"

in the right-hand column of the article are eye-openers too, particularly the second one, which is dated 13 July, 2007.

[quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: hmmmm the the security word I have to type "SHOT - HEAD" ironic...? the Times Educational Supplement have a nice unbiased article up if anyone wants to read it's at:- http://www.tes.co.uk /article.aspx?storyc ode=6004180&navc ode= 94[/p][/quote]The TES article is worth reading, but you will probably need to remove the spaces in the URL to make the link work. The related articles: "Sponsor rebuked for pupil riot" and "Minister's anger over academies decision" in the right-hand column of the article are eye-openers too, particularly the second one, which is dated 13 July, 2007. Rob444
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10:03pm Fri 24 Oct 08

julie burns says...

i just wanted to say a very big thank you to all those parents, teachers, and children that i have had contact with in the last 24hrs - telling me how sorry they are to hear about was has happened to jordan and the other ex-grove boys "they don't deserve it" and "i can't believe you found out about jordans exclusion by text" are the the sentences that i have heard the most today.
i just wanted to say a very big thank you to all those parents, teachers, and children that i have had contact with in the last 24hrs - telling me how sorry they are to hear about was has happened to jordan and the other ex-grove boys "they don't deserve it" and "i can't believe you found out about jordans exclusion by text" are the the sentences that i have heard the most today. julie burns
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10:08pm Fri 24 Oct 08

kitty38 says...

deckdog you are so right about health and safety going in. I know of a incident last week where some children thought it was funny to block the 2 doors you were talking about at the end of day and the children that got to the doors first couldn't get out and were squashed up against the doors whilst the rest of the school were piling up and pushing from behind. The poor kids at the front were stuck for 5minutes before a teacher came along and moved the kids away that thought it was funny to block the doors from opening. One of the children that was being squashed was very scared and had a asthma attack and was seen by a medical person at home.
deckdog you are so right about health and safety going in. I know of a incident last week where some children thought it was funny to block the 2 doors you were talking about at the end of day and the children that got to the doors first couldn't get out and were squashed up against the doors whilst the rest of the school were piling up and pushing from behind. The poor kids at the front were stuck for 5minutes before a teacher came along and moved the kids away that thought it was funny to block the doors from opening. One of the children that was being squashed was very scared and had a asthma attack and was seen by a medical person at home. kitty38
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10:56pm Fri 24 Oct 08

Bitterne Parent says...

It comes as no surprise to me the problems that are now associated with the new acadamy. It was clear in the oasis meetings prior to the schools merging that Ruth Johnson and some associates were not listening to concerned parents.

In my opinion, right or wrong, Ruth Johnson gives the impression that the pupils are not essential to running a school. Certainly she comes across as someone who is more concerned with her own career than the welfare and education of our sons/daughters.

Oasis have had months to organise the resources and timetable. There can be no excuses for the shambles we are hearing about at the moment. Heads would be rolling already if this was a business.

There can be no quick fix. Why, oh why, were Oasis given the responsibility for the education of our children?

By the way I have been told between 100 and 150 pupils were involved in the disturbance during last week (By my own sons who witnessed the events). It was not 40, as Mrs Johnson stated, yet another example of Mrs Johnsons refusal to accept reality.

unfortunately Mrs Johnson will never gain the respect of the pupils or parents because she does not respect her fellow teachers, pupils, or parents.

'Every Child Matters' except at Oasis Academy Mayfield!
It comes as no surprise to me the problems that are now associated with the new acadamy. It was clear in the oasis meetings prior to the schools merging that Ruth Johnson and some associates were not listening to concerned parents. In my opinion, right or wrong, Ruth Johnson gives the impression that the pupils are not essential to running a school. Certainly she comes across as someone who is more concerned with her own career than the welfare and education of our sons/daughters. Oasis have had months to organise the resources and timetable. There can be no excuses for the shambles we are hearing about at the moment. Heads would be rolling already if this was a business. There can be no quick fix. Why, oh why, were Oasis given the responsibility for the education of our children? By the way I have been told between 100 and 150 pupils were involved in the disturbance during last week (By my own sons who witnessed the events). It was not 40, as Mrs Johnson stated, yet another example of Mrs Johnsons refusal to accept reality. unfortunately Mrs Johnson will never gain the respect of the pupils or parents because she does not respect her fellow teachers, pupils, or parents. 'Every Child Matters' except at Oasis Academy Mayfield! Bitterne Parent
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12:08am Sat 25 Oct 08

mums says...

Just a quick question does anyone know if OFSTED will give notice of a visit or will they just show up so that they can see for themselves the real school as it usually is. and when will everyone know of their findings
Just a quick question does anyone know if OFSTED will give notice of a visit or will they just show up so that they can see for themselves the real school as it usually is. and when will everyone know of their findings mums
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1:25am Sat 25 Oct 08

julie burns says...

i'm not sleeping at the moment - quite a bit on my mind - so have been reading all the posts on the oasis over the last few days.... in answer to your question mums - i thought ofsted could just walk in --but not 100% sure... ofsted are mentioned on mondays comments... if you have time have a look !!!!!
i'm not sleeping at the moment - quite a bit on my mind - so have been reading all the posts on the oasis over the last few days.... in answer to your question mums - i thought ofsted could just walk in --but not 100% sure... ofsted are mentioned on mondays comments... if you have time have a look !!!!! julie burns
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1:51am Sat 25 Oct 08

Sly Stallone says...

Jordan sounds as guilty as a puppy sat next to a pile of pooo to me!
Jordan sounds as guilty as a puppy sat next to a pile of pooo to me! Sly Stallone
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2:00am Sat 25 Oct 08

julie burns says...

thanks sly - but you have no real understanding of who is to blame or what is going on.... as a parent i don't have any understanding - i am making my appeal and have been seeking legal advice - so until all this is cleared up would you please not pass judgement on my son.. i have passed no judgement on a personal level at any time about anyone - i don't judege and would appreciate it if you would kindly do the same - i have said earlier that i feel i have lost the battle with my son -but other children's futures are at stake here...!!!!!!
thanks sly - but you have no real understanding of who is to blame or what is going on.... as a parent i don't have any understanding - i am making my appeal and have been seeking legal advice - so until all this is cleared up would you please not pass judgement on my son.. i have passed no judgement on a personal level at any time about anyone - i don't judege and would appreciate it if you would kindly do the same - i have said earlier that i feel i have lost the battle with my son -but other children's futures are at stake here...!!!!!! julie burns
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2:17am Sat 25 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

Sorry Jordan's Mom. Good luck over there.
Sorry Jordan's Mom. Good luck over there. Bright Spark
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2:42am Sat 25 Oct 08

julie burns says...

thanks bright spark - i came on this site after other parents told me about it -- it has really helped me to get through the last couple of days - listening to other views -knowing i'm not alone.. that my views were being taking seriously and listened to by others in the same situation --listening to others views and letting them know they were not alone... but comments like sly --- hurt...he dosen't know my son!!!! or what the reasons are that i have been given to why my son has been excluded - please this is hard enough watching my son wondering around the house lost - knowing want he wanted to do when he left school has gone because he will be unable to complete his gcse's - we will come out the other side of this --.. But how many other students of oasis is all this going to affect!!!!
thanks bright spark - i came on this site after other parents told me about it -- it has really helped me to get through the last couple of days - listening to other views -knowing i'm not alone.. that my views were being taking seriously and listened to by others in the same situation --listening to others views and letting them know they were not alone... but comments like sly --- hurt...he dosen't know my son!!!! or what the reasons are that i have been given to why my son has been excluded - please this is hard enough watching my son wondering around the house lost - knowing want he wanted to do when he left school has gone because he will be unable to complete his gcse's - we will come out the other side of this --.. But how many other students of oasis is all this going to affect!!!! julie burns
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7:04am Sat 25 Oct 08

amie says...

Mrs johnson was at regents park girls school when i was pupil there and left to go to another school whilst i was in yr 10. Maybe the pupils would learn more if the pupils at mayfield school actually wanted to learn instead of wanting to mess around running through the corridors like a 2 year old!
she was a good teacher/head at regents park!
Mrs johnson was at regents park girls school when i was pupil there and left to go to another school whilst i was in yr 10. Maybe the pupils would learn more if the pupils at mayfield school actually wanted to learn instead of wanting to mess around running through the corridors like a 2 year old! she was a good teacher/head at regents park! amie
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8:26am Sat 25 Oct 08

mad mum says...

amie wrote:
Mrs johnson was at regents park girls school when i was pupil there and left to go to another school whilst i was in yr 10. Maybe the pupils would learn more if the pupils at mayfield school actually wanted to learn instead of wanting to mess around running through the corridors like a 2 year old! she was a good teacher/head at regents park!
Maybe you had teachers for every lesson at your school, maybe you didnt have to waste learning time going from one site to another, maybe you didnt have to wait 6 weeks to be allowed to do GCSE PE because 'there hadnt been time to get the authorisation letters out to parents'. To which i say good for you, you were obviously a lot luckier than the children at oasis mayfield!
[quote][p][bold]amie[/bold] wrote: Mrs johnson was at regents park girls school when i was pupil there and left to go to another school whilst i was in yr 10. Maybe the pupils would learn more if the pupils at mayfield school actually wanted to learn instead of wanting to mess around running through the corridors like a 2 year old! she was a good teacher/head at regents park! [/p][/quote]Maybe you had teachers for every lesson at your school, maybe you didnt have to waste learning time going from one site to another, maybe you didnt have to wait 6 weeks to be allowed to do GCSE PE because 'there hadnt been time to get the authorisation letters out to parents'. To which i say good for you, you were obviously a lot luckier than the children at oasis mayfield! mad mum
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9:05am Sat 25 Oct 08

mmmmm says...

amie wrote:
Mrs johnson was at regents park girls school when i was pupil there and left to go to another school whilst i was in yr 10. Maybe the pupils would learn more if the pupils at mayfield school actually wanted to learn instead of wanting to mess around running through the corridors like a 2 year old! she was a good teacher/head at regents park!
What a sensible post!

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!
[quote][p][bold]amie[/bold] wrote: Mrs johnson was at regents park girls school when i was pupil there and left to go to another school whilst i was in yr 10. Maybe the pupils would learn more if the pupils at mayfield school actually wanted to learn instead of wanting to mess around running through the corridors like a 2 year old! she was a good teacher/head at regents park! [/p][/quote]What a sensible post! 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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9:13am Sat 25 Oct 08

amie says...

Yes i agree with both of you, but "mad- mum" if the kids were better behaved surely the teachers would have more time to sort out getting teachers etc if the kids behaved, rather then finding 'evidence' to exclude pupils and wasting time getting parents in.
I never had a teacher for a certain subject in the last year of my school (in an exam in which i passed gcse b level ) - due to the teacher being extremely ill, but my class didnt play truent and run round regents park, they learnt with what was provided!
Yes i agree with both of you, but "mad- mum" if the kids were better behaved surely the teachers would have more time to sort out getting teachers etc if the kids behaved, rather then finding 'evidence' to exclude pupils and wasting time getting parents in. I never had a teacher for a certain subject in the last year of my school (in an exam in which i passed gcse b level ) - due to the teacher being extremely ill, but my class didnt play truent and run round regents park, they learnt with what was provided! amie
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12:13pm Sat 25 Oct 08

SUPERTOAD says...

I thought that I had finished, “Saying my piece on this” but the more I learn about this schools progress, (or rather lack of it) I have become horrified by what I have learned. I have heard today that pupils are being taught (when they can get there) by people unqualified to do so! It is turning into a horror story!
I can only compare this policy as being akin to being up to one’s goolies in freezing cold water and alligators trying to defuse a bomb which could vaporize one at any second. Normal people would say, “Impossible” only a fool and an eternal optimist would even attempt it! Certainly not as a solo effort which leaves one trying to find two like minded fools!
When I was at school the best teachers by far were those that had had previous industrial experience so that they could relate dry, dusty uninspiring apparently useless theory to the real world. Seeing a practical application made those being taught positively enthusiastic. When I left school, half the people around me wanted to go to Teacher Training College because and I quote, “It’s a cushy well paid job with a lot of Holidays!
Also when I was a child, the Newspapers of the day were full of Headlines about, “The Brain Drain” Anyone hear about it now?
The incredible lowering of standards actually makes my son see red! One of the things I used to say to him was incredibly simple as he was a worrier about Exams which I never was, in fact I paid lip service to revision, you either remembered something or you didn’t I used to say to him, “That you will find that when you go out into the real world, you will find that every day of your life is an examination!” It used to make him furious, however it is true whether you like it or not. Basing results on course work is only a measure of short term retentively but no measure of long term retentively.
The sudden apparent increase in the success of Exam results can be put down to one of only two things, a sudden and unexplained leap in Evolution or a gross lowering of standards. Evolution has never made a sudden leap forward in evolutionary terms however if you believe in black art, black magic, things that go bump in the night conspiracy theory’s and any Mumbo jumbo you can dream up when you’re **** go ahead, it’s a free country.
It can be summed up very neatly by a famous speech that the great Disraeli made to the House of Commons one day, it started with the words, “Gentlemen there are 3 kinds of lie, lies, dammed lies and STATISTICS!
Statistics are useful mostly in scientific work to provide clues or identify trends to the TRAINED EYE! This immediately rules out Politicians and their well paid sidekicks!
Good Teaching is insufficient unless they can make the subject interesting to the pupil, children have proven time after time for ever and a day that if they find something interesting they will learn and learn well without any help from a Teacher at all! However it is necessary to inspire some discipline and guidance for best results. From someone who knows what they are doing, that’s why Apprentice schemes were so successful! Jesus it aint Rocket Science! (This works on the simplest law of the Universe!)
It is also far more successful and rewarding if those being taught, or entertained feel part of it! Simple but an Axiom.
Being “Taught” by boring uninteresting people, even in the subject being taught by someone who is incapable of bringing order to a sleeping baby is quite simply an impossibility and an accident waiting to happen. I hear that yesterday rioting children smashed up the Canteen. It appears to be getting more serious by the minute.
Ruth Johnston may not be totally to blame however, this is happening on, “Her watch” the only course of action an honourable person can make in these circumstances is to RESIGN!
I thought that I had finished, “Saying my piece on this” but the more I learn about this schools progress, (or rather lack of it) I have become horrified by what I have learned. I have heard today that pupils are being taught (when they can get there) by people unqualified to do so! It is turning into a horror story! I can only compare this policy as being akin to being up to one’s goolies in freezing cold water and alligators trying to defuse a bomb which could vaporize one at any second. Normal people would say, “Impossible” only a fool and an eternal optimist would even attempt it! Certainly not as a solo effort which leaves one trying to find two like minded fools! When I was at school the best teachers by far were those that had had previous industrial experience so that they could relate dry, dusty uninspiring apparently useless theory to the real world. Seeing a practical application made those being taught positively enthusiastic. When I left school, half the people around me wanted to go to Teacher Training College because and I quote, “It’s a cushy well paid job with a lot of Holidays! Also when I was a child, the Newspapers of the day were full of Headlines about, “The Brain Drain” Anyone hear about it now? The incredible lowering of standards actually makes my son see red! One of the things I used to say to him was incredibly simple as he was a worrier about Exams which I never was, in fact I paid lip service to revision, you either remembered something or you didn’t I used to say to him, “That you will find that when you go out into the real world, you will find that every day of your life is an examination!” It used to make him furious, however it is true whether you like it or not. Basing results on course work is only a measure of short term retentively but no measure of long term retentively. The sudden apparent increase in the success of Exam results can be put down to one of only two things, a sudden and unexplained leap in Evolution or a gross lowering of standards. Evolution has never made a sudden leap forward in evolutionary terms however if you believe in black art, black magic, things that go bump in the night conspiracy theory’s and any Mumbo jumbo you can dream up when you’re **** go ahead, it’s a free country. It can be summed up very neatly by a famous speech that the great Disraeli made to the House of Commons one day, it started with the words, “Gentlemen there are 3 kinds of lie, lies, dammed lies and STATISTICS! Statistics are useful mostly in scientific work to provide clues or identify trends to the TRAINED EYE! This immediately rules out Politicians and their well paid sidekicks! Good Teaching is insufficient unless they can make the subject interesting to the pupil, children have proven time after time for ever and a day that if they find something interesting they will learn and learn well without any help from a Teacher at all! However it is necessary to inspire some discipline and guidance for best results. From someone who knows what they are doing, that’s why Apprentice schemes were so successful! Jesus it aint Rocket Science! (This works on the simplest law of the Universe!) It is also far more successful and rewarding if those being taught, or entertained feel part of it! Simple but an Axiom. Being “Taught” by boring uninteresting people, even in the subject being taught by someone who is incapable of bringing order to a sleeping baby is quite simply an impossibility and an accident waiting to happen. I hear that yesterday rioting children smashed up the Canteen. It appears to be getting more serious by the minute. Ruth Johnston may not be totally to blame however, this is happening on, “Her watch” the only course of action an honourable person can make in these circumstances is to RESIGN! SUPERTOAD
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1:40pm Sat 25 Oct 08

amie says...

How is ruth johnston to blame? the school was falling to bits when she got there neway!....
people just want sum1 to blame, and pass the buck to.... how easy!
How is ruth johnston to blame? the school was falling to bits when she got there neway!.... people just want sum1 to blame, and pass the buck to.... how easy! amie
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1:58pm Sat 25 Oct 08

elly2 says...

There are some good points raised in the last few posts. Especially the point that there does seem to be some that appear to want to cause 'unrest' in the school. However, perhaps it is time to for those individuals to realise they need to behave like adults, they need to realise they are disrupting other peoples learning, people who want to learn, and that if teachers weren't spending time in disarry because yet another lesson has been spent with pupils throwing things, walking out etc, none of which is adult behaviour then they could actually get on with teaching the class.

As for the split site argument, i do think it has been acknowledged that it isn't ideal, and as previously mentioned I believe Ruth herself has acknowledged this, but until the new site is ready, this is how it is, and maybe people need to get used to it, look forward and work together to get the school going and try and repair some of the damage caused.
There are some good points raised in the last few posts. Especially the point that there does seem to be some that appear to want to cause 'unrest' in the school. However, perhaps it is time to for those individuals to realise they need to behave like adults, they need to realise they are disrupting other peoples learning, people who want to learn, and that if teachers weren't spending time in disarry because yet another lesson has been spent with pupils throwing things, walking out etc, none of which is adult behaviour then they could actually get on with teaching the class. As for the split site argument, i do think it has been acknowledged that it isn't ideal, and as previously mentioned I believe Ruth herself has acknowledged this, but until the new site is ready, this is how it is, and maybe people need to get used to it, look forward and work together to get the school going and try and repair some of the damage caused. elly2
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3:56pm Sat 25 Oct 08

mad mum says...

amie wrote:
Yes i agree with both of you, but Amie, you are obviously as clever as you are lucky!

You missed my point, they didnt waste time looking for evidence, and they didnt waste time calling me in, i got a phone call, im still waiting to speak to the decision maker!
Happy?
[quote][p][bold]amie[/bold] wrote: Yes i agree with both of you, but Amie, you are obviously as clever as you are lucky! You missed my point, they didnt waste time looking for evidence, and they didnt waste time calling me in, i got a phone call, im still waiting to speak to the decision maker! Happy? mad mum
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3:57pm Sat 25 Oct 08

mums says...

How easy it must be for those of you who say such horrible things, you really have no idea do you sly what gives you the right to be so god **** rude about someone elses child, I wonder how you would react if it was your son or daughter, and as for Aimee how the hell would you know what either School was like you attended neither, both Grove and Woolston were great COMMUNITY schools for the COMMUNITY you, as I, were fortunate enough to have Teachers at the ONE sight we didn't have to rely on them being shipped back an forth so before we pass judgment on others try and imagine (if you can) what pupils and staff have to go through EVERY DAY not once or twice a day but 6 times, students knowing that there is not enough regular Teachers and supplies do the work and not knowing how many Teachers are going to be there after Christmas, for gods sake before making crass comments think first or say nothing.Julie Burns is doing what any other GOOD mother would do. It looks a lot more than 40 Mmmmmmmm take a look on beebo then come back and tell me there are only 40
How easy it must be for those of you who say such horrible things, you really have no idea do you sly what gives you the right to be so god **** rude about someone elses child, I wonder how you would react if it was your son or daughter, and as for Aimee how the hell would you know what either School was like you attended neither, both Grove and Woolston were great COMMUNITY schools for the COMMUNITY you, as I, were fortunate enough to have Teachers at the ONE sight we didn't have to rely on them being shipped back an forth so before we pass judgment on others try and imagine (if you can) what pupils and staff have to go through EVERY DAY not once or twice a day but 6 times, students knowing that there is not enough regular Teachers and supplies do the work and not knowing how many Teachers are going to be there after Christmas, for gods sake before making crass comments think first or say nothing.Julie Burns is doing what any other GOOD mother would do. It looks a lot more than 40 Mmmmmmmm take a look on beebo then come back and tell me there are only 40 mums
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4:45pm Sat 25 Oct 08

mmmmm says...

I am not a Bebo user, so I don't think I can access the footage. I just tell it how I saw it.
I am not a Bebo user, so I don't think I can access the footage. I just tell it how I saw it. mmmmm
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4:47pm Sat 25 Oct 08

mums says...

I guess you are a member of staff then.
I guess you are a member of staff then. mums
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5:05pm Sat 25 Oct 08

mmmmm says...

I would have expected some advice as to how to view this footage??? Not assumptions being aired.
I would have expected some advice as to how to view this footage??? Not assumptions being aired. mmmmm
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5:34pm Sat 25 Oct 08

mums says...

I appologise for the assumption, I thought about what I had said and I am sorry,
I appologise for the assumption, I thought about what I had said and I am sorry, mums
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5:35pm Sat 25 Oct 08

amie says...

i must say it just shows how immature these people are .... " go on bebo and have look" ...enough said.
i must say it just shows how immature these people are .... " go on bebo and have look" ...enough said. amie
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5:50pm Sat 25 Oct 08

mmmmm says...

Tell me how to search the footage and I will as I have had no luck so far. To date I have praised your posts. Don't spoil yourself.
Tell me how to search the footage and I will as I have had no luck so far. To date I have praised your posts. Don't spoil yourself. mmmmm
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7:52pm Sat 25 Oct 08

chrissysmurf says...

as a parent i am annoyed by this school, my son went missing for 4 hours, i got a text message to say he had gone missing, no one from the school phoned, last week him and a few of his friends were sat in a lesson, that he doesnt even do, and no one said anything, they sign in for lesson 1 and lesson 7 the rest of the day they dont sign in, it has got to the stage now, my son doesnt want to go to school because as he puts it " theres no point".
what if someone has accident, or is killed outside the school, then will they sort it out.
as a parent i am annoyed by this school, my son went missing for 4 hours, i got a text message to say he had gone missing, no one from the school phoned, last week him and a few of his friends were sat in a lesson, that he doesnt even do, and no one said anything, they sign in for lesson 1 and lesson 7 the rest of the day they dont sign in, it has got to the stage now, my son doesnt want to go to school because as he puts it " theres no point". what if someone has accident, or is killed outside the school, then will they sort it out. chrissysmurf
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9:33pm Sat 25 Oct 08

Year10Kid says...

We learn nothing at school whatsoever..im at that stage where im still sat at home at 8:55..(as i only live a short walk away) saying to my dad..whats the piont in school..all we do it wander corridors and no1 seems to care we dont learn anything whatsoever..the women dont know what shes talking about..learning in their classrooms..what learning? what classrooms? what teachers? and at the year of year 11.. whats GCSE's will we have?..total shambles..the daily echo should interview kids and staff instead of mrs johnson who just lies.. it's not that she isnt a nice headteacher to have it just that she doesnt listen to the staff or students.. just get rid of her..she onyl got appointed at the new principal because of her history.. ! just resign! Slag!
We learn nothing at school whatsoever..im at that stage where im still sat at home at 8:55..(as i only live a short walk away) saying to my dad..whats the piont in school..all we do it wander corridors and no1 seems to care we dont learn anything whatsoever..the women dont know what shes talking about..learning in their classrooms..what learning? what classrooms? what teachers? and at the year of year 11.. whats GCSE's will we have?..total shambles..the daily echo should interview kids and staff instead of mrs johnson who just lies.. it's not that she isnt a nice headteacher to have it just that she doesnt listen to the staff or students.. just get rid of her..she onyl got appointed at the new principal because of her history.. ! just resign! Slag! Year10Kid
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6:27am Sun 26 Oct 08

amie says...

my comment goes to chrissy smurf - what was ur son doing out of his normal lesson anyway?
playing truent?
and as for the YEAR 10 KID- ur post was going ok until the end.
my comment goes to chrissy smurf - what was ur son doing out of his normal lesson anyway? playing truent? and as for the YEAR 10 KID- ur post was going ok until the end. amie
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10:36am Sun 26 Oct 08

sholing mum says...

Good luck Julie.....Wat a mess !!! Lets hope its a case of mistaken identity like it was with my son... I received a letter home about my sons unacceptable and disruptive behaviour and if it continued he would be put into fixed term exclusion.Then after numerous phone calls i was informed it was a case of mistaken identity .....What hope have any of these children got ...
Good luck Julie.....Wat a mess !!! Lets hope its a case of mistaken identity like it was with my son... I received a letter home about my sons unacceptable and disruptive behaviour and if it continued he would be put into fixed term exclusion.Then after numerous phone calls i was informed it was a case of mistaken identity .....What hope have any of these children got ... sholing mum
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4:31pm Sun 26 Oct 08

chrissysmurf says...

no he is on a part time timetable because of his illness,
no he is on a part time timetable because of his illness, chrissysmurf
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10:42pm 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
p
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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9:23am Mon 27 Oct 08

allotment lover says...

I had to pick my son senior school for 2009 this month,this school is in my catchment.I was dead against the two school's mixing,i knew it would casue problems,also i was pleased with the way it was going to be run etc,for my own beliefs.You have to pick three schools on the forms and this school was my last choice,even though its my catchment school.I dont know many parents that have picked this as their 1st choice,I picked an out of catchment school as my 2nd choice,I would rather drive my child to school out of my area then take them to this school.any one else feel the same????
I had to pick my son senior school for 2009 this month,this school is in my catchment.I was dead against the two school's mixing,i knew it would casue problems,also i was pleased with the way it was going to be run etc,for my own beliefs.You have to pick three schools on the forms and this school was my last choice,even though its my catchment school.I dont know many parents that have picked this as their 1st choice,I picked an out of catchment school as my 2nd choice,I would rather drive my child to school out of my area then take them to this school.any one else feel the same???? allotment lover
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9:27am Mon 27 Oct 08

allotment lover says...

opps meant to write wasnt pleased ,,not was pleased
opps meant to write wasnt pleased ,,not was pleased allotment lover
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10:49am Mon 27 Oct 08

Priscilla02 says...

I spent several months on a teacher-training placement at this school just a few years ago. I was verbally abused at least once a day, usually being called such delightful names as a F***ing W***er. At break and lunchtimes the corridors became 'no-go' areas for most staff, with pupils roaming in gangs,hurling food as well as further insults at staff. I have no direct links with Ruth Johnson, either personally or professionally, but I cannot see how she can do any worse than previous heads in dealing with behaviour at the school. Looking back now, with the benefit of almost 5 years teaching experience, I am appalled that the Head Teacher at that time did absolutely NOTHING in response to my written statements of abuse. This would certainly NOT be the case at the school where I now teach.
As for those who are calling for greater Local Authority control, be careful what you wish for: in my subject area we largely ignore highly paid LEA 'Advisers' who would seem to have been mediocre teachers themselves.
I spent several months on a teacher-training placement at this school just a few years ago. I was verbally abused at least once a day, usually being called such delightful names as a F***ing W***er. At break and lunchtimes the corridors became 'no-go' areas for most staff, with pupils roaming in gangs,hurling food as well as further insults at staff. I have no direct links with Ruth Johnson, either personally or professionally, but I cannot see how she can do any worse than previous heads in dealing with behaviour at the school. Looking back now, with the benefit of almost 5 years teaching experience, I am appalled that the Head Teacher at that time did absolutely NOTHING in response to my written statements of abuse. This would certainly NOT be the case at the school where I now teach. As for those who are calling for greater Local Authority control, be careful what you wish for: in my subject area we largely ignore highly paid LEA 'Advisers' who would seem to have been mediocre teachers themselves. Priscilla02
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4:04pm Mon 27 Oct 08

Worried of Woolston says...

Does anyone know if there is any truth in the rumour that 15 teachers have resigned and one has been sacked?
Does anyone know if there is any truth in the rumour that 15 teachers have resigned and one has been sacked? Worried of Woolston
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10:02am Tue 28 Oct 08

davesbabe says...

allotment lover wrote:
I had to pick my son senior school for 2009 this month,this school is in my catchment.I was dead against the two school's mixing,i knew it would casue problems,also i was pleased with the way it was going to be run etc,for my own beliefs.You have to pick three schools on the forms and this school was my last choice,even though its my catchment school.I dont know many parents that have picked this as their 1st choice,I picked an out of catchment school as my 2nd choice,I would rather drive my child to school out of my area then take them to this school.any one else feel the same????
yes but i cant drive so didnt have a choice! shes too young to walk so far its a 45 min walk for her from where we live so she has to go to oasis, cos the government stopped the busses to make sure all kids in the catchment went to this school.
[quote][p][bold]allotment lover[/bold] wrote: I had to pick my son senior school for 2009 this month,this school is in my catchment.I was dead against the two school's mixing,i knew it would casue problems,also i was pleased with the way it was going to be run etc,for my own beliefs.You have to pick three schools on the forms and this school was my last choice,even though its my catchment school.I dont know many parents that have picked this as their 1st choice,I picked an out of catchment school as my 2nd choice,I would rather drive my child to school out of my area then take them to this school.any one else feel the same????[/p][/quote]yes but i cant drive so didnt have a choice! shes too young to walk so far its a 45 min walk for her from where we live so she has to go to oasis, cos the government stopped the busses to make sure all kids in the catchment went to this school. davesbabe
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5:10pm Tue 28 Oct 08

allotment lover says...

i picked TSTC as my 1st choice!!!!!,its about the same distance as Oasis Academy Mayfield,to us,,,Hamble is my 2nd choice ,even though i would have to drive my child to school(on the way to work)! and still have one in the local junior school, but its out of catchment for us,so im keeping my fingers crossed we get into TSTC,other wise i dont know what we'll do?
i picked TSTC as my 1st choice!!!!!,its about the same distance as Oasis Academy Mayfield,to us,,,Hamble is my 2nd choice ,even though i would have to drive my child to school(on the way to work)! and still have one in the local junior school, but its out of catchment for us,so im keeping my fingers crossed we get into TSTC,other wise i dont know what we'll do? allotment lover
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7:30pm Tue 28 Oct 08

3 Amigos says...

Amigo 1: Firstly, I would like to point out the FACTS about the Riot which accured at Oasis Academy Mayfield. On the day this occured, pupils protested in the playground for around 40 minutes. They then continued to rampage around the school corridors for another school period (around 50 minutes). This is Fact as I was there!! There were numerous windows broken, displays ripped off (there is photo evidence of this) and chairs thrown around meaninglessly! Overall, the 'riot' was outragous! There was no need for it and it was over dramatised!

Amigo 2:

I would like to firstly correct miss johnson in her first video above when she describes the protest/riot that took place at Oasis Academy Mayfield, Miss johnson clearly states that there was about 40 pupils that took part in this strike , however, I was in my lesson but could see the whole thing of which approximatly 150 pupils took part.In doing so the protest took about 50 minutes for teachers to gain control and in the following 50 minutes a riot took place.During this riot,18 windows were smashed and most display boards were ripped down (There is photo evidence of this ).I would also like to say how it was the majority of boys yet there were at least 40 girls that were involved!Also I think that the staff at the oasis need to realise that this protest did not happen because the stsudents do not like change and merge but because they think there education is being ruined due to poor organisation of the school.I agree that the protest should not of happened but i do think that miss johnson should have admitted to what has happened and said how she was going to improve the school so this does not happen again.


Amigo 3 : I would just like to correct Mrs Johnson on everything she say in her videos.As someone who was actually there and not someone that chose to turn up halfway through the protest, look at the students and disapear to leave the other staff to sort out the protest.It was actually around 150 students that took part this "riot" not including the other students that were out of lessons watching the protest or standing in the corridors talking.It was also around 18 windows that got broken aswell as a few display boards that suprisingly got fix before the next day as about three or for of these windows had previsly been broken and taken up to a week to actually be sorted out( i believe this was because Steve Chalke him self was goin to be called in to "talk" to us students).I would also like to point out that everytime Mrs Johnson "indulges" us with her presents that it is only to talk to us about something bad and not comming in to our assemblys to talk to us about something good we have achieved as she is to busy caring about the other school as it is the "main" site and the is less hastle to sort out down there.I believe the protest was nessesary as the school is so unorganised that something need to be done!
Amigo 1: Firstly, I would like to point out the FACTS about the Riot which accured at Oasis Academy Mayfield. On the day this occured, pupils protested in the playground for around 40 minutes. They then continued to rampage around the school corridors for another school period (around 50 minutes). This is Fact as I was there!! There were numerous windows broken, displays ripped off (there is photo evidence of this) and chairs thrown around meaninglessly! Overall, the 'riot' was outragous! There was no need for it and it was over dramatised! Amigo 2: I would like to firstly correct miss johnson in her first video above when she describes the protest/riot that took place at Oasis Academy Mayfield, Miss johnson clearly states that there was about 40 pupils that took part in this strike , however, I was in my lesson but could see the whole thing of which approximatly 150 pupils took part.In doing so the protest took about 50 minutes for teachers to gain control and in the following 50 minutes a riot took place.During this riot,18 windows were smashed and most display boards were ripped down (There is photo evidence of this ).I would also like to say how it was the majority of boys yet there were at least 40 girls that were involved!Also I think that the staff at the oasis need to realise that this protest did not happen because the stsudents do not like change and merge but because they think there education is being ruined due to poor organisation of the school.I agree that the protest should not of happened but i do think that miss johnson should have admitted to what has happened and said how she was going to improve the school so this does not happen again. Amigo 3 : I would just like to correct Mrs Johnson on everything she say in her videos.As someone who was actually there and not someone that chose to turn up halfway through the protest, look at the students and disapear to leave the other staff to sort out the protest.It was actually around 150 students that took part this "riot" not including the other students that were out of lessons watching the protest or standing in the corridors talking.It was also around 18 windows that got broken aswell as a few display boards that suprisingly got fix before the next day as about three or for of these windows had previsly been broken and taken up to a week to actually be sorted out( i believe this was because Steve Chalke him self was goin to be called in to "talk" to us students).I would also like to point out that everytime Mrs Johnson "indulges" us with her presents that it is only to talk to us about something bad and not comming in to our assemblys to talk to us about something good we have achieved as she is to busy caring about the other school as it is the "main" site and the is less hastle to sort out down there.I believe the protest was nessesary as the school is so unorganised that something need to be done! 3 Amigos
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7:35pm Tue 28 Oct 08

truthfinder says...

im one of the parents of one exluded boy. they said they had eyewitnesses that my son wasbeing destructive. yet no names are mentioned as to who "saw" my (6'2") son break anything. thing is he didint do anything but run along the corridor with them then went straight into his next class!!!! the school havent looked into the matter properly and my son was kicked out unessarily. i for one will fight this school till the end to get the TRUTH out!!
im one of the parents of one exluded boy. they said they had eyewitnesses that my son wasbeing destructive. yet no names are mentioned as to who "saw" my (6'2") son break anything. thing is he didint do anything but run along the corridor with them then went straight into his next class!!!! the school havent looked into the matter properly and my son was kicked out unessarily. i for one will fight this school till the end to get the TRUTH out!! truthfinder
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8:07pm Tue 28 Oct 08

truthfinder says...

mad mum wrote:
Sly Stallone wrote: Apparently this would never have happened if the 2 rival schools had not merged. When push comes to shove that's what it comes down to. Those who wish to live by the sword, should be prepared to die by the sword. Good luck Head Mistress lady discipline is what is required here. Then those that want to knuckle down and learn will be able to. Kick out the dead wood.
Does 'kick out the dead wood' include excluding boys who have done nothing wrong. And no im not just a mum who thinks her child is perfect. Im a mum who has had teachers and staff(from both sites) contacting me confirming that he wasnt to blame and that Ms Johnson has NO proof!She has neither spoken to my son or to us his parents! So if dead wood is a tall boy who has had his future ruined then yes you have your way!
can anyone from the science class in yr 10 tell me what reaaly happend about the "apparant knife threat" im his mum and i want to get an appology from thatlying teacher.
[quote][p][bold]mad mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sly Stallone[/bold] wrote: Apparently this would never have happened if the 2 rival schools had not merged. When push comes to shove that's what it comes down to. Those who wish to live by the sword, should be prepared to die by the sword. Good luck Head Mistress lady discipline is what is required here. Then those that want to knuckle down and learn will be able to. Kick out the dead wood.[/p][/quote]Does 'kick out the dead wood' include excluding boys who have done nothing wrong. And no im not just a mum who thinks her child is perfect. Im a mum who has had teachers and staff(from both sites) contacting me confirming that he wasnt to blame and that Ms Johnson has NO proof!She has neither spoken to my son or to us his parents! So if dead wood is a tall boy who has had his future ruined then yes you have your way![/p][/quote]can anyone from the science class in yr 10 tell me what reaaly happend about the "apparant knife threat" im his mum and i want to get an appology from thatlying teacher. truthfinder
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8:53pm Tue 28 Oct 08

julie burns says...

Hi, i have joined the forum mentioned above, John Denham has offered to meet with parents and students if there is enough interest, I for one will be at the meeting - I have sent in my appeal to the Academy Council, and a copy to John Denham - it includes all the issues including travelling - lack of listening and many more issues that have been raised by concerned students and parents -
I'm not sure what will happen to Jordan but I will be at the meeting in support for all the other students and parents..........
Hi, i have joined the forum mentioned above, John Denham has offered to meet with parents and students if there is enough interest, I for one will be at the meeting - I have sent in my appeal to the Academy Council, and a copy to John Denham - it includes all the issues including travelling - lack of listening and many more issues that have been raised by concerned students and parents - I'm not sure what will happen to Jordan but I will be at the meeting in support for all the other students and parents.......... julie burns
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10:43am Thu 30 Oct 08

hello.com says...

Lets just finalise everything:

1. Oasis need everyones support in order for the school to work. We must all help them, for our kids sake.
2. Oasis should listen to the pupils more. Give them chances to speak etc
3. Puils shouldask for their voice to be heard and not trash the schools.

Grove Park and Woolston have now GONE. We must get over it and face the truth. Lets turn this academy around. Now, before it gets much worse.
Lets just finalise everything: 1. Oasis need everyones support in order for the school to work. We must all help them, for our kids sake. 2. Oasis should listen to the pupils more. Give them chances to speak etc 3. Puils shouldask for their voice to be heard and not trash the schools. Grove Park and Woolston have now GONE. We must get over it and face the truth. Lets turn this academy around. Now, before it gets much worse. hello.com
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3:36pm Thu 30 Oct 08

julie burns says...

Hi
Julie Burns just wanting to let you know i received a letter today from the Academy I quote " please ensure your son/daughter is aware of his new timetable and brings this copy with them on 3rd November"
It is dated 7 days after his permanent exclusion ---- very confused ????????????????????

I am awaiting for a response from the Academy Council..
Hi Julie Burns just wanting to let you know i received a letter today from the Academy I quote " please ensure your son/daughter is aware of his new timetable and brings this copy with them on 3rd November" It is dated 7 days after his permanent exclusion ---- very confused ???????????????????? I am awaiting for a response from the Academy Council.. julie burns
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8:13am Fri 31 Oct 08

sotongirlie says...

julie burns wrote:
Hi Julie Burns just wanting to let you know i received a letter today from the Academy I quote " please ensure your son/daughter is aware of his new timetable and brings this copy with them on 3rd November" It is dated 7 days after his permanent exclusion ---- very confused ???????????????????? I am awaiting for a response from the Academy Council..
Has your interview been in the Echo yet Julie?
[quote][p][bold]julie burns[/bold] wrote: Hi Julie Burns just wanting to let you know i received a letter today from the Academy I quote " please ensure your son/daughter is aware of his new timetable and brings this copy with them on 3rd November" It is dated 7 days after his permanent exclusion ---- very confused ???????????????????? I am awaiting for a response from the Academy Council..[/p][/quote]Has your interview been in the Echo yet Julie? sotongirlie
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12:38pm Wed 5 Nov 08

noel999 says...

this is noel and dan freemantle...soo all these comments and im at school now and nothing has happend no?
this is noel and dan freemantle...soo all these comments and im at school now and nothing has happend no? noel999
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4:42pm Wed 5 Nov 08

shelley-1965 says...

in reply to forget me Southampton. you will not get a reply from Ruth Johnson my son attended for one day and still waiting for call.two months ago. he would be in year 10 and i will not send him back. as he would have a substandard education.if it was still woolston we would have no problem.oasis are no good at education, so they should leave our schools alone and do what they are best at (religion)
in reply to forget me Southampton. you will not get a reply from Ruth Johnson my son attended for one day and still waiting for call.two months ago. he would be in year 10 and i will not send him back. as he would have a substandard education.if it was still woolston we would have no problem.oasis are no good at education, so they should leave our schools alone and do what they are best at (religion) shelley-1965
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2:31pm Fri 7 Nov 08

Heartbroken says...

To Julie Burns, and any other parent who cares enough about the education of their child..........I too received the glossy newsletter and a 'New' timetable for my child........the inference being that the timetable has changed in order to improve the transport problems? Have you actually looked at the new timetable and compared it to the old one? Well do it now, and you will see that there ARE NO CHANGES!!! So, why send this out to every child at the school at a cost of 48p per child? I do not know the answer, but am very angry and disillusioned! I would much rather have an opportunity to meet with Mrs Johnson and discuss the problems, and hopefully gain some reassurance. It looks like a PR exercise, and that is probably what it is. How sad for the students...still no one is listening.
To Julie Burns, and any other parent who cares enough about the education of their child..........I too received the glossy newsletter and a 'New' timetable for my child........the inference being that the timetable has changed in order to improve the transport problems? Have you actually looked at the new timetable and compared it to the old one? Well do it now, and you will see that there ARE NO CHANGES!!! So, why send this out to every child at the school at a cost of 48p per child? I do not know the answer, but am very angry and disillusioned! I would much rather have an opportunity to meet with Mrs Johnson and discuss the problems, and hopefully gain some reassurance. It looks like a PR exercise, and that is probably what it is. How sad for the students...still no one is listening. Heartbroken
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8:33pm Tue 11 Nov 08

Idris Dragon says...

I was at Cantell from 2002-2007. Johnson arrived in 2004, one year after the rebuild was completed. The school was inspected 3 weeks into her tenure and was immediately placed into special measures. This was not her fault, nor the fault of previous headteacher David Burge. The school was in transition and had no direction, and by the time I left 3 years later, still had no direction, that must be down to the leadership team.

Cantell was not in that much of a mess, the incident rate increased when a new sheriff was in town, as the more unruly decided to take advantage. She chopped and changed policies throughout her time at Cantell, driving out many staff. From 2002 to the end of 2007, most of the staff had moved on.

Communication was poor to say the least, and patronising in all honesty. Not only that, it came riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, despite the fact that Johnson 'personally proof read all correspondance'.

I managed to leave Cantell with 11 A's & A* GCSE's, but believe me, absolutely none of that was down to Johnson. All plans and strategies were aimed to get people over the C/D grade boundary, which of course, affect the league tables and form the 'vital' 5A*-C percentage that is ever so important...

I can tell you from experience that she does not like to be questioned, criticised and will attempt to jump through hoops for inspectors. She attempted to block my attempts to complete a mathematics A level during my final year at school, meaning that I completed it after school in my own time, with the kind help of the maths teachers.

That, and I warn anyone else in her educational establishment, along with the fact that she has her favourite pupils and will not listen to the input of her deputies. It is somewhat unsurprising that she is currently at a christian-run academy, her personal beliefs never came into her work ;)
I was at Cantell from 2002-2007. Johnson arrived in 2004, one year after the rebuild was completed. The school was inspected 3 weeks into her tenure and was immediately placed into special measures. This was not her fault, nor the fault of previous headteacher David Burge. The school was in transition and had no direction, and by the time I left 3 years later, still had no direction, that must be down to the leadership team. Cantell was not in that much of a mess, the incident rate increased when a new sheriff was in town, as the more unruly decided to take advantage. She chopped and changed policies throughout her time at Cantell, driving out many staff. From 2002 to the end of 2007, most of the staff had moved on. Communication was poor to say the least, and patronising in all honesty. Not only that, it came riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, despite the fact that Johnson 'personally proof read all correspondance'. I managed to leave Cantell with 11 A's & A* GCSE's, but believe me, absolutely none of that was down to Johnson. All plans and strategies were aimed to get people over the C/D grade boundary, which of course, affect the league tables and form the 'vital' 5A*-C percentage that is ever so important... I can tell you from experience that she does not like to be questioned, criticised and will attempt to jump through hoops for inspectors. She attempted to block my attempts to complete a mathematics A level during my final year at school, meaning that I completed it after school in my own time, with the kind help of the maths teachers. That, and I warn anyone else in her educational establishment, along with the fact that she has her favourite pupils and will not listen to the input of her deputies. It is somewhat unsurprising that she is currently at a christian-run academy, her personal beliefs never came into her work ;) Idris Dragon
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8:02pm Mon 17 Nov 08

JulieBobs says...

As if the news about Mayfield Oasis is not bad enough at a recent ex-pupils awards evening, which the old Woolston College staff had to organise themselves, it was advised that 19 members of staff are leaving at Christmas - some of them teaching the current Year 11's who are due to sit their final GCSE's exams next summer. You know what I bet Ms Johnson has an answer for that one too!!!
As if the news about Mayfield Oasis is not bad enough at a recent ex-pupils awards evening, which the old Woolston College staff had to organise themselves, it was advised that 19 members of staff are leaving at Christmas - some of them teaching the current Year 11's who are due to sit their final GCSE's exams next summer. You know what I bet Ms Johnson has an answer for that one too!!! JulieBobs
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