As Ruth Johnson quits the Oasis Academy Mayfield – the Echo reveals a further 19 staff have given their notice

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A TROUBLED Southampton school where pupils went on the rampage is facing a mass exodus of teachers, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Following the shock resignation yesterday of principal Ruth Johnson, it is understood that up to 19 staff at Oasis Academy Mayfield have handed in their notice this term.

Ms Johnson’s departure comes just two weeks after she told the Daily Echo she wanted to make a success of the school, formed in September from the merger of Grove Park and Woolston schools.

Staff arrived at work yesterday to be told by chairman of governors Billy Kennedy that Ms Johnson had been replaced by John Toland, who has been working at the school for the past month as part of Oasis’s education support team.

The school is run by the Oasis Christian organisation. Its chief executive officer, Steve Chalke, has written to parents to explain the changes.

Mr Toland and newly-appointed senior deputy principal Kevin Mahon were drafted in as troubleshooters from a consultancy called Education London after pupils went on the rampage through the school in October, causing hundreds of pounds of damage.

Mr Toland is understood to be holding meetings with parents in coming weeks.

As parents and union chiefs came to terms with Ms Johnson’s resignation, it emerged that up to 19 of the school’s 70 staff have resigned since Sept-ember because of timetabling chaos and the difficulties in travelling between the school’s two sites in Weston and Woolston.

A dozen are thought to be teachers and it is understood that several do not have another job lined up.

A source told the Daily Echo that Ms Johnson had given no hint that she was on the verge of departing at a staff training day at Southampton’s Central Hall on Friday.

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On Friday night more than 100 parents turned up to a private meeting with Southampton Itchen MP John Denham to voice their concerns about the academy.

Speaking from Westmin-ster yesterday, Mr Denham said: “I was shocked when I spoke to parents and I was hoping to bring a pre-arranged meeting with Ruth Johnson forward. I will now be looking to meet with the school’s new principal as soon as possible.”

Last night a spokeswoman for the Department for Children, Families and Schools refused to say whether schools minister Ed Balls had intervened after an approach from Mr Denham.

She said: “The present situation is a matter between Oasis and its staff. Oasis have appointed a new principal and, as with all academy developments, ministers are kept informed.”

The departure of Ms Johnson sparked calls from local councillors for Oasis to answer their critics.

Woolston ward councillor Warwick Payne said: “It was clear that drastic steps were needed to turn this school around, especially as the countdown to GCSEs is now well under way.

“Having attended a meeting with about 100 parents and John Denham, it was clear that many parents and pupils were not happy with the state of the new school.

“These lessons must be learned quickly, as this situation cannot be allowed to happen again.

“I would like to know whether Ruth Johnson made this decision on her own free will or whether it was suggested to her along with a nice compensation package.”

Mr Payne, a journalist for the Daily Echo’s sister paper, the Hampshire Chronicle, added: “While Mrs Johnson’s experience will be a loss to the school, Mayfield now has a chance to draw breath and reinvent itself, and make a fresh start.”

Ms Johnson’s departure was welcomed by Southampton’s teaching unions, who said that students taking GCSE exams next summer had suffered.

Ron Clooney, from the NASUWT teaching union, said: “Ruth Johnson’s resignation is good news for the community and staff of the academy.

“However, the leaders of Oasis Learning Academy and Southampton local education authority should hang their heads in shame.

“Children in Year 11, whose exam year this is, have had so much disruption it is unforgivable.”

Pete Sopowski, from Southampton NUT, said: “The unions will work with the new principal to encourage staff to stay and to make sure pupils don’t have their education disrupted.”

Sherin Sullivan, 44, from Woolston, whose son is in Year 10, said: “She (Mrs Johnson) had to go really as the parents would have always been on her back.

“For too long pupils in years ten and 11 have been overlooked and not enough focus was on them.”

In a statement, Mr Chalke praised Ms Johnson for her work at the academy and said the welfare of the students was his “priority”.

He said: “Ruth has a passion for the needs of young people and we wish her well in her future plans.

“The welfare of our students will always remain our priority and we passionately believe they will benefit enormously from the new leadership team now in place at the school.”

The academy’s new principal, Mr Toland, said he was “fully focused” on making the academy a success.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to this important position and am absolutely committed to making Mayfield a success.

“I want to assure parents, students and staff that I’m fully focused on providing the best possible education for our children.

“I’d also like to thank Ruth and pay tribute to her hard work that I will look to build on.”

Councillor Peter Baillie, Southampton City Council Cabinet member for children’s services and learning, said: “I’m confident that Oasis Community Learning is acting in the best interests of the students and staff at Mayfield.

“We will continue to work closely with the academy in this time of change in order to support the needs of Southampton’s young people.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Ruth Johnson for the work she has done in the city and wish her luck in the future.”

Clive Webster, executive director for children’s services and learning, added: “We are committed to our partnership with Oasis Community Learning and will continue to work with them to ensure the continuity of education for students at Mayfield.”

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11:04am Tue 25 Nov 08

goard says...

How can we, the public, appreciate a managing not elected quangoes. Here we have all these teachers who have more intellegence in their little finger than all your whole body. I find it wholly disgusting that such skill is lost. Children should be seen and not heard - but with a terrible battering these academic people have had - you should all be shot!! what an example.

goard
How can we, the public, appreciate a managing not elected quangoes. Here we have all these teachers who have more intellegence in their little finger than all your whole body. I find it wholly disgusting that such skill is lost. Children should be seen and not heard - but with a terrible battering these academic people have had - you should all be shot!! what an example. goard goard

11:05am Tue 25 Nov 08

Adrian Smith says...

"the Daily Echo can reveal"

Presumably by reading the comments section here yesterday?

There were suggestions that some of the 19 might return following the resignation of Johnson.
"the Daily Echo can reveal" Presumably by reading the comments section here yesterday? There were suggestions that some of the 19 might return following the resignation of Johnson. Adrian Smith

11:35am Tue 25 Nov 08

Lone Ranger says...

Adrian Smith wrote:
"the Daily Echo can reveal" Presumably by reading the comments section here yesterday? There were suggestions that some of the 19 might return following the resignation of Johnson.
Is it not possible then that a number may have resigned as a result of the disgraceful demonstration by some pupils and possibly some parents, in addition to, Ruth Johnson's "resignation"
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Smith[/bold] wrote: "the Daily Echo can reveal" Presumably by reading the comments section here yesterday? There were suggestions that some of the 19 might return following the resignation of Johnson.[/p][/quote]Is it not possible then that a number may have resigned as a result of the disgraceful demonstration by some pupils and possibly some parents, in addition to, Ruth Johnson's "resignation" Lone Ranger

11:40am Tue 25 Nov 08

Jimbo123 says...

Lone Ranger wrote:
Adrian Smith wrote: "the Daily Echo can reveal" Presumably by reading the comments section here yesterday? There were suggestions that some of the 19 might return following the resignation of Johnson.
Is it not possible then that a number may have resigned as a result of the disgraceful demonstration by some pupils and possibly some parents, in addition to, Ruth Johnson's "resignation"
I could not agree more- which teacher would want to work in this school now, with all of the unwanted media attention and focus-many of the pupils and teachers have jumped on the back of the band wagon-
One thing- if the new head and deputy are from a London Consultancy, surely their appointment is not permanent?? More upheaval with another hand over to new head in July maybe> Consultants by their nature do not work part time, but work on shorter term contracts??
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Smith[/bold] wrote: "the Daily Echo can reveal" Presumably by reading the comments section here yesterday? There were suggestions that some of the 19 might return following the resignation of Johnson.[/p][/quote]Is it not possible then that a number may have resigned as a result of the disgraceful demonstration by some pupils and possibly some parents, in addition to, Ruth Johnson's "resignation"[/p][/quote]I could not agree more- which teacher would want to work in this school now, with all of the unwanted media attention and focus-many of the pupils and teachers have jumped on the back of the band wagon- One thing- if the new head and deputy are from a London Consultancy, surely their appointment is not permanent?? More upheaval with another hand over to new head in July maybe> Consultants by their nature do not work part time, but work on shorter term contracts?? Jimbo123

12:37pm Tue 25 Nov 08

Condor Man says...

According to the sound bites Oasis have an excellent track record in delivering education in the schools they've taken over in London. Given that things are ticking over at the Lords Hill campus it would seem this issue lie wholly with the Head and personality clashes with staff and kids. Perhaps she thought the Margaret Thatcher approach would work, after all it took her staff 11 years to get rid of her- Ruth Johnson only lasted 11 weeks.
According to the sound bites Oasis have an excellent track record in delivering education in the schools they've taken over in London. Given that things are ticking over at the Lords Hill campus it would seem this issue lie wholly with the Head and personality clashes with staff and kids. Perhaps she thought the Margaret Thatcher approach would work, after all it took her staff 11 years to get rid of her- Ruth Johnson only lasted 11 weeks. Condor Man

12:44pm Tue 25 Nov 08

southy says...

now all thats needed is to get rid of Oasis Christian organisation out of schools,not one of there schools is running smoothly,theres problems in them all.
now all thats needed is to get rid of Oasis Christian organisation out of schools,not one of there schools is running smoothly,theres problems in them all. southy

12:59pm Tue 25 Nov 08

furtive_vole says...

For what it's worth: my daughter was a student at Cantell, while Mrs Johnson was head there. Yesterday, with some other students and staff from her sixth form college, she visited the other Oasis establishment at Lordshill, to give a presentation to Year 11 about the sixth form college.
My daughter's first comment yesterday evening - before she knew about the resignation was - "They behaved like a load of monkeys! It was like Cantell when Mrs Johnson first arrived."
For what it's worth: my daughter was a student at Cantell, while Mrs Johnson was head there. Yesterday, with some other students and staff from her sixth form college, she visited the other Oasis establishment at Lordshill, to give a presentation to Year 11 about the sixth form college. My daughter's first comment yesterday evening - before she knew about the resignation was - "They behaved like a load of monkeys! It was like Cantell when Mrs Johnson first arrived." furtive_vole

12:59pm Tue 25 Nov 08

Condor Man says...

southy wrote:
now all thats needed is to get rid of Oasis Christian organisation out of schools,not one of there schools is running smoothly,theres problems in them all.
you clearly needed to spend more time in school as it's their school
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: now all thats needed is to get rid of Oasis Christian organisation out of schools,not one of there schools is running smoothly,theres problems in them all.[/p][/quote]you clearly needed to spend more time in school as it's their school Condor Man

1:13pm Tue 25 Nov 08

concernedmum says...

Why are people tarring all the children at this school as trouble makers and the parents as no hopers? We are not all like that. Most children just want to get back to normal, to be educated, not to see teachers leave that they have had since beginning their secondary education and to not have to come home every day depressed and in tears at the failure of the school in just 11 weeks. My son wants nothing more than a structured lesson with no disruption, he doesn't want to see teachers in tears or being spoken to like something nasty on someone else's shoe as RJ often did in front of a class of children. I am not saying that everyone is perfect but please can people just stop being so negative towards the children at this school. It is stigma enough that they have to put this on their college applications. Hopefully the teachers that have resigned will change their minds and those that are off sick will get well and come back, but what about those teachers that left at half term after being demoted and treated like rubbish, my son lost an excellent history teacher with no notice, he may well lose his english teacher who has been a total inspiration as he is willing to run extra lessons after school to help the GCSE students to catch up. If people are so sure all these students are no hopers they don't know the children or staff very well at all. Please lets leave people alone and let the parents, children and staff get on with it as best they can and try and make a difference before it really is too late.
Why are people tarring all the children at this school as trouble makers and the parents as no hopers? We are not all like that. Most children just want to get back to normal, to be educated, not to see teachers leave that they have had since beginning their secondary education and to not have to come home every day depressed and in tears at the failure of the school in just 11 weeks. My son wants nothing more than a structured lesson with no disruption, he doesn't want to see teachers in tears or being spoken to like something nasty on someone else's shoe as RJ often did in front of a class of children. I am not saying that everyone is perfect but please can people just stop being so negative towards the children at this school. It is stigma enough that they have to put this on their college applications. Hopefully the teachers that have resigned will change their minds and those that are off sick will get well and come back, but what about those teachers that left at half term after being demoted and treated like rubbish, my son lost an excellent history teacher with no notice, he may well lose his english teacher who has been a total inspiration as he is willing to run extra lessons after school to help the GCSE students to catch up. If people are so sure all these students are no hopers they don't know the children or staff very well at all. Please lets leave people alone and let the parents, children and staff get on with it as best they can and try and make a difference before it really is too late. concernedmum

3:54pm Tue 25 Nov 08

baz1 says...

not ALL teachers are wonderful and intelligent-some are good,some are bad,most are average.However,in my experience,most Heads are rarely up to the job and are well overpaid e.g.mrs Johnson earned 100K+.This Govt,especially Ed Balls,has thrown money at schools thinking that big salaries,over expensive buildings and equipment etc. will solve everything.However,t
his Oasis debacle is not untypical of what's happening all over the country.
not ALL teachers are wonderful and intelligent-some are good,some are bad,most are average.However,in my experience,most Heads are rarely up to the job and are well overpaid e.g.mrs Johnson earned 100K+.This Govt,especially Ed Balls,has thrown money at schools thinking that big salaries,over expensive buildings and equipment etc. will solve everything.However,t his Oasis debacle is not untypical of what's happening all over the country. baz1

5:06pm Tue 25 Nov 08

Lone Ranger says...

baz 1 Quote "However,in my experience,most Heads are rarely up to the job and are well overpaid e.g.mrs Johnson earned 100K+." Ok baz 1 what is your experience then to justify this comment. As the Head Teachers that i know have been teaching for many years and are devoted to their schools and pupils. Not only that but they do not earn anything like £ 100K+ and i would be surprised if R J did. In addition the are good and well above average. Furthermore from the research that i have made the Oasis debacle is NOT typical of what is going on all over the Country. But your biased and non informed views are
baz 1 Quote "However,in my experience,most Heads are rarely up to the job and are well overpaid e.g.mrs Johnson earned 100K+." Ok baz 1 what is your experience then to justify this comment. As the Head Teachers that i know have been teaching for many years and are devoted to their schools and pupils. Not only that but they do not earn anything like £ 100K+ and i would be surprised if R J did. In addition the are good and well above average. Furthermore from the research that i have made the Oasis debacle is NOT typical of what is going on all over the Country. But your biased and non informed views are Lone Ranger

6:38pm Tue 25 Nov 08

southy says...

Condor Man wrote:
southy wrote:
now all thats needed is to get rid of Oasis Christian organisation out of schools,not one of there schools is running smoothly,theres problems in them all.
you clearly needed to spend more time in school as it's their school
condor not every thing is right with oasis, there is problem all over there system,theres even problems in the new school over here in lordshill,kids are all ready want to leave and go to a none oasis school.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: now all thats needed is to get rid of Oasis Christian organisation out of schools,not one of there schools is running smoothly,theres problems in them all.[/p][/quote]you clearly needed to spend more time in school as it's their school[/p][/quote]condor not every thing is right with oasis, there is problem all over there system,theres even problems in the new school over here in lordshill,kids are all ready want to leave and go to a none oasis school. southy

6:57pm Tue 25 Nov 08

wizzle says...

i went into the school today for issues not relevant to mention here. But it is strongly clear that the kids are running this school and not the teachers. Unless adults make a firm stand with the kids, nothing will get better and the kids will win. I was absolutly disgusted with what i saw and feel that a firm hand is definetly needed here.
i went into the school today for issues not relevant to mention here. But it is strongly clear that the kids are running this school and not the teachers. Unless adults make a firm stand with the kids, nothing will get better and the kids will win. I was absolutly disgusted with what i saw and feel that a firm hand is definetly needed here. wizzle

7:24pm Tue 25 Nov 08

baz1 says...

In response to the eloquent "Lone Ranger" I have taught at all levels for 35 years.What is your experience..dare I ask?
Moreover,if you care to look up the official Headteachers salary tables you might learn something-not forgetting that Academy heads are paid at a premium rate on top of the "normal"salary.
Perhaps you should stick to your "range".
In response to the eloquent "Lone Ranger" I have taught at all levels for 35 years.What is your experience..dare I ask? Moreover,if you care to look up the official Headteachers salary tables you might learn something-not forgetting that Academy heads are paid at a premium rate on top of the "normal"salary. Perhaps you should stick to your "range". baz1

7:31pm Tue 25 Nov 08

Claireee Faireee says...

I think individuals should be ashamed of themselves for hating on one person so maliciously.

Everyone in this world needs to work together to progress and succeed.

Clearly, this headteacher did not have a team supporting her properly. She was trying to work in impossible circumanstances with: A team that were dejected/divided, a community that were angry, a site that was impractical.

Clearly - those above her - have allowed her to take the flack alone. This project - although managed by her - is still overseen and by those abover her - who she is answerable to.

Have they handed in their resignations too?

Or are they not as principled as she?

Or maybe there are some 2faced people who lack courage up above Ruth?

She is an effective headteacher - with a vision and dedication to young people. She has proven it - in her hard work at Cantell.

She is a strong person. But she's not invincible. A weaker person would have thrown the towel in ages ages ago.

One person against such fierce opposition and impossible circumstances cannot hope to make things work alone.

All they can do is step down and hold onto their pride and dignity.

A self-respecting person with principles that they stand by - like Ruth Johnson - can be assured that her resignation has left those that did share her vision (to provide young people with excellent educational opportunities) with a hope that it can continue to be reallised by others.

The hours and hours of hardwork she put in haven't gone to waste. The young people who matter - will eventually benefit.

Some adults have acted abominably over this saga - setting a dreadful example for young people. Slagging off Ruth Johnson so atrociously- as if they have any idea what kind of person she is deep down inside.

I feel it's bullying of sorts.

It stems from the fears and insecurities that people harbour in their own individual selves. Not used to looking outside at bigger problems - they become selfish and small minded. They want "someone" to blame. Someones head has to roll.

Other people have been afraid to speak up for her. People above her - afraid to offer support because of the "association" or politically taking an opposing stance because they see her struggle as an opportunity to promote their own agendas.

The young people are what matter. Those of the present and the future.

That's what she cared about ultimately. And what people mindlessly opposed.

What a saddening thought.

When will people stand up for what is right?

When will they see outside of themselves and think of the bigger picture?

I hope this community can be repaired and that Ruth Johnson's hard work will not have been in vain.

I empathise with Ruth Johnson and respect her decision to leave - I wish her all the best for the future.







I think individuals should be ashamed of themselves for hating on one person so maliciously. Everyone in this world needs to work together to progress and succeed. Clearly, this headteacher did not have a team supporting her properly. She was trying to work in impossible circumanstances with: A team that were dejected/divided, a community that were angry, a site that was impractical. Clearly - those above her - have allowed her to take the flack alone. This project - although managed by her - is still overseen and by those abover her - who she is answerable to. Have they handed in their resignations too? Or are they not as principled as she? Or maybe there are some 2faced people who lack courage up above Ruth? She is an effective headteacher - with a vision and dedication to young people. She has proven it - in her hard work at Cantell. She is a strong person. But she's not invincible. A weaker person would have thrown the towel in ages ages ago. One person against such fierce opposition and impossible circumstances cannot hope to make things work alone. All they can do is step down and hold onto their pride and dignity. A self-respecting person with principles that they stand by - like Ruth Johnson - can be assured that her resignation has left those that did share her vision (to provide young people with excellent educational opportunities) with a hope that it can continue to be reallised by others. The hours and hours of hardwork she put in haven't gone to waste. The young people who matter - will eventually benefit. Some adults have acted abominably over this saga - setting a dreadful example for young people. Slagging off Ruth Johnson so atrociously- as if they have any idea what kind of person she is deep down inside. I feel it's bullying of sorts. It stems from the fears and insecurities that people harbour in their own individual selves. Not used to looking outside at bigger problems - they become selfish and small minded. They want "someone" to blame. Someones head has to roll. Other people have been afraid to speak up for her. People above her - afraid to offer support because of the "association" or politically taking an opposing stance because they see her struggle as an opportunity to promote their own agendas. The young people are what matter. Those of the present and the future. That's what she cared about ultimately. And what people mindlessly opposed. What a saddening thought. When will people stand up for what is right? When will they see outside of themselves and think of the bigger picture? I hope this community can be repaired and that Ruth Johnson's hard work will not have been in vain. I empathise with Ruth Johnson and respect her decision to leave - I wish her all the best for the future. Claireee Faireee

8:48pm Tue 25 Nov 08

baz1 says...

Clairlee-you are too fairlee.
She was not up to it.End of story.
Clairlee-you are too fairlee. She was not up to it.End of story. baz1

9:05pm Tue 25 Nov 08

SEJ016 says...

Even the best teachers in the world cannot teach those who do not wish to learn.
Even the best teachers in the world cannot teach those who do not wish to learn. SEJ016

9:14pm Tue 25 Nov 08

2angryandupsetindividuals says...

Having worked with Ruth Johnson for a number of years we are extremly upset and angry with the personal attacks that have been made towards her.
The Echo seems to have encouraged a witch hunt against Ruth Johnson and allowed this to be viewed in the public eye.
We as a society do not allow criminals to be treated like this yet you have allowed damaging and derogatory comments to be aimed at a person who not only committed her future to improving this already failing school, she after all was only doing her job.
Ruth Johnson is an inspirational and passionate leader who cares about the education and the well being of the students in her care.
In our experience when given the opportunity and the SUPPORT to make change Ruth would have ensured that the Mayfield Academy would have become the outstanding establishment she wanted it to be.
Those who have pursued this ruthless attack need to feel totally ashamed and also to take full responsibilty for the fact that the students who are hardworking at the academy are now missing out on a good education.
Having worked with Ruth Johnson for a number of years we are extremly upset and angry with the personal attacks that have been made towards her. The Echo seems to have encouraged a witch hunt against Ruth Johnson and allowed this to be viewed in the public eye. We as a society do not allow criminals to be treated like this yet you have allowed damaging and derogatory comments to be aimed at a person who not only committed her future to improving this already failing school, she after all was only doing her job. Ruth Johnson is an inspirational and passionate leader who cares about the education and the well being of the students in her care. In our experience when given the opportunity and the SUPPORT to make change Ruth would have ensured that the Mayfield Academy would have become the outstanding establishment she wanted it to be. Those who have pursued this ruthless attack need to feel totally ashamed and also to take full responsibilty for the fact that the students who are hardworking at the academy are now missing out on a good education. 2angryandupsetindividuals

9:24pm Tue 25 Nov 08

Year10Kid says...

'Tis Like That Verse From Guns N Roses. 'Welcome To The Jungle'. 'Welcome To The Jungle, It Gets Worse Here Everyday' Things Are Only Gunna Get Worse Before They Get Better.
'Tis Like That Verse From Guns N Roses. 'Welcome To The Jungle'. 'Welcome To The Jungle, It Gets Worse Here Everyday' Things Are Only Gunna Get Worse Before They Get Better. Year10Kid

9:44pm Tue 25 Nov 08

baz1 says...

To the two "angry individuals" aka "The R.J.Fan Club" I can only say-you are wrong.
To the two "angry individuals" aka "The R.J.Fan Club" I can only say-you are wrong. baz1

9:57pm Tue 25 Nov 08

2angryandupsetindividuals says...

To baz1
Would you like to inform us of which bit we are wrong on!
To baz1 Would you like to inform us of which bit we are wrong on! 2angryandupsetindividuals

10:39pm Tue 25 Nov 08

parent01 says...

Having made comments on the previous thread, and as a teacher and parent in the city I find the vitriol expended here very worrying.

Ruth has left so my advice to all yr10 and 11 pupils and parents is stop navel gazing about what happened. Your future and the colleges you are aiming for will not be interested in excuses. Remember you are competing for places (with a recession looming) so get the work you need to do done - that's it.

Any year 11 pupils, it's your duty to start asking teachers for help (politely) and maybe even stay behind after school. Where I work some pupils will be there 'til 5, 2 or 3 days a week, not surprisingly they tend to be the ones who get good grades.

No doubt some will be blaming their future failure and lack of career on something that happened 10 to 15 years previously. If you pass on that message to your kids you are then setting them up for a lifetime of blaming others for failure. Time to take it on the chin and knuckle down.
Having made comments on the previous thread, and as a teacher and parent in the city I find the vitriol expended here very worrying. Ruth has left so my advice to all yr10 and 11 pupils and parents is stop navel gazing about what happened. Your future and the colleges you are aiming for will not be interested in excuses. Remember you are competing for places (with a recession looming) so get the work you need to do done - that's it. Any year 11 pupils, it's your duty to start asking teachers for help (politely) and maybe even stay behind after school. Where I work some pupils will be there 'til 5, 2 or 3 days a week, not surprisingly they tend to be the ones who get good grades. No doubt some will be blaming their future failure and lack of career on something that happened 10 to 15 years previously. If you pass on that message to your kids you are then setting them up for a lifetime of blaming others for failure. Time to take it on the chin and knuckle down. parent01

8:14am Wed 26 Nov 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

IN REPLY TO LONE RANGER, I KNOW PERSONALLY A FEW OF THESE TEACHERS THAT HAVE QUIT, MOST OF THESE QUIT DUE TO THE WAY THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN RUN OVER THE PAST FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS. THEY WERE ALL WOOLSTON OR GROVE TEACHERS BEFORE AND THEY NEVER QUIT THEN, THE KIDS, THE TEACHERS , THE PARENTS AND THE SITES HAVE NOT CHANGED, THE ONLY THING THAT IS DIFFERENT IS OASIS, DOES THIS NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FOR YOU PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS WANT TO BLAME THE KIDS. SEEN AND NOT HEARD? YOU WILL WANT TO SEND THE KIDS BACK UP CHIMNEYS ASWELL. CONVERSATION AND PEOPLES POINTS OF VIEW, IS THIS NOT PART OF LEARNING AND GROWING UP?
THESE KIDS WERE NOT BEING LISTENED TO!
IN REPLY TO LONE RANGER, I KNOW PERSONALLY A FEW OF THESE TEACHERS THAT HAVE QUIT, MOST OF THESE QUIT DUE TO THE WAY THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN RUN OVER THE PAST FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS. THEY WERE ALL WOOLSTON OR GROVE TEACHERS BEFORE AND THEY NEVER QUIT THEN, THE KIDS, THE TEACHERS , THE PARENTS AND THE SITES HAVE NOT CHANGED, THE ONLY THING THAT IS DIFFERENT IS OASIS, DOES THIS NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FOR YOU PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS WANT TO BLAME THE KIDS. SEEN AND NOT HEARD? YOU WILL WANT TO SEND THE KIDS BACK UP CHIMNEYS ASWELL. CONVERSATION AND PEOPLES POINTS OF VIEW, IS THIS NOT PART OF LEARNING AND GROWING UP? THESE KIDS WERE NOT BEING LISTENED TO! NICK PAYNTER

8:27am Wed 26 Nov 08

Lone Ranger says...

DOES THIS NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FOR YOU PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS WANT TO BLAME THE KIDS. SEEN AND NOT HEARD? YOU WILL WANT TO SEND THE KIDS BACK UP CHIMNEYS ASWELL. CONVERSATION AND PEOPLES POINTS OF VIEW, IS THIS NOT PART OF LEARNING AND GROWING UP?
THESE KIDS WERE NOT BEING LISTENED TO

So you obviously feel it acceptable for the kids to run amok causing damage to the school do you. No one said about not listening but there are better ways to get yourself heard
DOES THIS NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FOR YOU PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS WANT TO BLAME THE KIDS. SEEN AND NOT HEARD? YOU WILL WANT TO SEND THE KIDS BACK UP CHIMNEYS ASWELL. CONVERSATION AND PEOPLES POINTS OF VIEW, IS THIS NOT PART OF LEARNING AND GROWING UP? THESE KIDS WERE NOT BEING LISTENED TO So you obviously feel it acceptable for the kids to run amok causing damage to the school do you. No one said about not listening but there are better ways to get yourself heard Lone Ranger

8:31am Wed 26 Nov 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

If people wanted their kids to be taught in religious ways, they would send them to church on a Sunday not to a religious based school that nobody wanted, in this case the community wasn't listened to either.
If people wanted their kids to be taught in religious ways, they would send them to church on a Sunday not to a religious based school that nobody wanted, in this case the community wasn't listened to either. NICK PAYNTER

8:34am Wed 26 Nov 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

Running amok i dont think so, dont always beleive what you read, I, as I said know teachers that were there at the time. Where were you?
Running amok i dont think so, dont always beleive what you read, I, as I said know teachers that were there at the time. Where were you? NICK PAYNTER

8:38am Wed 26 Nov 08

NICK PAYNTER says...

There was a petition given in by the kids, probably in Johnson bin still as we speak, is this what you are taking about, seen and not heard again.
There was a petition given in by the kids, probably in Johnson bin still as we speak, is this what you are taking about, seen and not heard again. NICK PAYNTER

8:39am Wed 26 Nov 08

Lone Ranger says...

Hi baz 1 Looking at your threads and comments to other contributors that do not share your sentiments on RJ i would be inclined to believe that you have taught for some 35 years
Hi baz 1 Looking at your threads and comments to other contributors that do not share your sentiments on RJ i would be inclined to believe that you have taught for some 35 years Lone Ranger

10:25am Wed 26 Nov 08

Heartbroken says...

parent01 wrote:
Having made comments on the previous thread, and as a teacher and parent in the city I find the vitriol expended here very worrying. Ruth has left so my advice to all yr10 and 11 pupils and parents is stop navel gazing about what happened. Your future and the colleges you are aiming for will not be interested in excuses. Remember you are competing for places (with a recession looming) so get the work you need to do done - that's it. Any year 11 pupils, it's your duty to start asking teachers for help (politely) and maybe even stay behind after school. Where I work some pupils will be there 'til 5, 2 or 3 days a week, not surprisingly they tend to be the ones who get good grades. No doubt some will be blaming their future failure and lack of career on something that happened 10 to 15 years previously. If you pass on that message to your kids you are then setting them up for a lifetime of blaming others for failure. Time to take it on the chin and knuckle down.
To parent01.

How lovely that you work in a school where everything is rosy!

Please, please do not make assumptions about our children or teachers. For your information the majority of the students at this school actually WANT to learn and are not causing havoc every day.

The Year 11 students (my son is one so I do actually know!) stay behind after school most days for various subjects, and these extra sessions are provided by teachers who are still committed and trying to teach in what is a very difficult situation.

Neither the students or parents are navel gazing......we are actually intelligent enough to support our children and tell them that they must work through this situation in the best way they can, as no-one will make allowances for the fact that Peter Baillie and the council made this horrendous decision and hung them out to dry.

I find it difficult to accept the views of anyone who is not either a student, teacher or parent of a student at this school. How do you know what it's like?

Whilst I agree that the usual hype has attacked RJ, I am also relieved that she has gone.

Whilst she has probably worked very hard at planning/branding/PR
/exclusions, she has also spent a lot of time humiliating the staff in front of the children....in many cases reducing them to tears. Now that is most definately bullying, so it is hard to feel and sympathy when the boot is on the other foot and she is on the receiving end.

Many of us parents hope that the new Principal will now take a step back before driving the academy forward.

We hope that he tries to retain the staff who are due to leave at Christmas. We hope that he treats people with respect, and that he USES the skills and experience of the staff that he has, most of which were employed previously in the two schools, and rebuild what was good about them.

If he can do that, THEN he can start to build on a solid foundation.

We will see.

[quote][p][bold]parent01[/bold] wrote: Having made comments on the previous thread, and as a teacher and parent in the city I find the vitriol expended here very worrying. Ruth has left so my advice to all yr10 and 11 pupils and parents is stop navel gazing about what happened. Your future and the colleges you are aiming for will not be interested in excuses. Remember you are competing for places (with a recession looming) so get the work you need to do done - that's it. Any year 11 pupils, it's your duty to start asking teachers for help (politely) and maybe even stay behind after school. Where I work some pupils will be there 'til 5, 2 or 3 days a week, not surprisingly they tend to be the ones who get good grades. No doubt some will be blaming their future failure and lack of career on something that happened 10 to 15 years previously. If you pass on that message to your kids you are then setting them up for a lifetime of blaming others for failure. Time to take it on the chin and knuckle down.[/p][/quote]To parent01. How lovely that you work in a school where everything is rosy! Please, please do not make assumptions about our children or teachers. For your information the majority of the students at this school actually WANT to learn and are not causing havoc every day. The Year 11 students (my son is one so I do actually know!) stay behind after school most days for various subjects, and these extra sessions are provided by teachers who are still committed and trying to teach in what is a very difficult situation. Neither the students or parents are navel gazing......we are actually intelligent enough to support our children and tell them that they must work through this situation in the best way they can, as no-one will make allowances for the fact that Peter Baillie and the council made this horrendous decision and hung them out to dry. I find it difficult to accept the views of anyone who is not either a student, teacher or parent of a student at this school. How do you know what it's like? Whilst I agree that the usual hype has attacked RJ, I am also relieved that she has gone. Whilst she has probably worked very hard at planning/branding/PR /exclusions, she has also spent a lot of time humiliating the staff in front of the children....in many cases reducing them to tears. Now that is most definately bullying, so it is hard to feel and sympathy when the boot is on the other foot and she is on the receiving end. Many of us parents hope that the new Principal will now take a step back before driving the academy forward. We hope that he tries to retain the staff who are due to leave at Christmas. We hope that he treats people with respect, and that he USES the skills and experience of the staff that he has, most of which were employed previously in the two schools, and rebuild what was good about them. If he can do that, THEN he can start to build on a solid foundation. We will see. Heartbroken

12:33pm Wed 26 Nov 08

parent01 says...

Hi heartbroken

Definately didn't mean to tread on anyone's toes, and when I taught at Weston Park Boys School I found about 80% of the kids and parents great and very supportive.

I feel that RJ and her methods are questionable and she has never valued the most important resource in any school - the staff. I just felt that the comments about her could be self-defeating, what happens if parents and pupils don't like the methods of the new head or the next etc.

Colleagues found your reference to our school as 'rosy' amusing. What it does have however is a really good team of staff who back each other up with the challenging through to gifted and talented pupils.

I hope your son does well and maybe even uses the fiasco of the Oasis situation (thought we were a secular society) to achieve to the full.
Hi heartbroken Definately didn't mean to tread on anyone's toes, and when I taught at Weston Park Boys School I found about 80% of the kids and parents great and very supportive. I feel that RJ and her methods are questionable and she has never valued the most important resource in any school - the staff. I just felt that the comments about her could be self-defeating, what happens if parents and pupils don't like the methods of the new head or the next etc. Colleagues found your reference to our school as 'rosy' amusing. What it does have however is a really good team of staff who back each other up with the challenging through to gifted and talented pupils. I hope your son does well and maybe even uses the fiasco of the Oasis situation (thought we were a secular society) to achieve to the full. parent01

4:37pm Wed 26 Nov 08

Treas says...

These stories about my old school, Woolston School are very sad. Woolston School has a exemplary reputation for providing a high standard of education for ordinary children from ordinary homes. Politicians and others have tampered with something that did not need it. Woolston School pupils are respected by employers throughout the region, as well as colleges of further education and universities. The name Woolston School should live on, and the school be returned to the establishment that once focused on academic results, and life-long interpersonal skills.
These stories about my old school, Woolston School are very sad. Woolston School has a exemplary reputation for providing a high standard of education for ordinary children from ordinary homes. Politicians and others have tampered with something that did not need it. Woolston School pupils are respected by employers throughout the region, as well as colleges of further education and universities. The name Woolston School should live on, and the school be returned to the establishment that once focused on academic results, and life-long interpersonal skills. Treas

5:33pm Wed 26 Nov 08

claxby says...

I do not understand why the City Council awarded a Christian organization the contract to run these 'academies'. Is there a hidden agenda here?
I do not understand why the City Council awarded a Christian organization the contract to run these 'academies'. Is there a hidden agenda here? claxby

11:25pm Wed 26 Nov 08

JamieFletcher says...

While RJ's abilities of a headteacher have obviously played some role in this disaster. Surely the press, the parents and the public are directing their anger in the wrong direction. Are attention should be at exposing this city council for making educational cuts, changing local pupil focused schools into giant corporate machines. When the decision was made by Southampton City Council to create these big quango controlled factories they never took into consideration, the logistics of merger. If they did then they need a serious reality check because they are extremely naïve. These children are of an age at which local identity means everything and this swap has obviously caused confusion amongst many students within the schools. It will be at least five years, until the first Mayfield year 11 are in place before Mayfield school will be its own school and divides between the two former schools finally disappears.

Serious questions need to be asked of the city council's ability to understand their own city.
While RJ's abilities of a headteacher have obviously played some role in this disaster. Surely the press, the parents and the public are directing their anger in the wrong direction. Are attention should be at exposing this city council for making educational cuts, changing local pupil focused schools into giant corporate machines. When the decision was made by Southampton City Council to create these big quango controlled factories they never took into consideration, the logistics of merger. If they did then they need a serious reality check because they are extremely naïve. These children are of an age at which local identity means everything and this swap has obviously caused confusion amongst many students within the schools. It will be at least five years, until the first Mayfield year 11 are in place before Mayfield school will be its own school and divides between the two former schools finally disappears. Serious questions need to be asked of the city council's ability to understand their own city. JamieFletcher

9:54pm Fri 12 Dec 08

Year10Kid says...

Seriously!, WTF! this school is a joke! it shouldnt even be called an academy should be a **** comprehensive school, theres letter everywhere in the corridors its just discusting, you should see the look on the dinner ladies faces when they walk past the last thing they wanna do is pick up that crap and the scuff marks on the walls are stupid why not paint the walls black? then they're will be no 'phantom scuffers' like the deputy head said everysingle teacher said this school was gunna be discaplined and we will be expected everything out of us. just because they are about inclusion, doesnt mean they know how too run a school! the toilets are discusting aswell and this student council they are doing is a joke aswell no1 cares to be honest they like too think they have started caring but really they havnt,, i emailed ed balls about howw worthless academy's are they are a waste off time.. they expected us too be perfect there wasnt good behaviour in grove park or woolston soo what makes you think that they are just gunna change bcoz we became an academy? thats exactly what mrs johnson thought! Bah!!!!!! i really doo hate everything about that school it has messed everything up! i thought havnt 5 different science teachers throughout the year in year 9 was bad but she is just insane! the teachers actually take time off bcoz they cant control their class or no1 listens to them and 19 staff left? no surprise school is ment too be school, not walk around the corridors for 50 minutes and run away from on-call when they walk past! 'tis stoopid!
Seriously!, WTF! this school is a joke! it shouldnt even be called an academy should be a **** comprehensive school, theres letter everywhere in the corridors its just discusting, you should see the look on the dinner ladies faces when they walk past the last thing they wanna do is pick up that crap and the scuff marks on the walls are stupid why not paint the walls black? then they're will be no 'phantom scuffers' like the deputy head said everysingle teacher said this school was gunna be discaplined and we will be expected everything out of us. just because they are about inclusion, doesnt mean they know how too run a school! the toilets are discusting aswell and this student council they are doing is a joke aswell no1 cares to be honest they like too think they have started caring but really they havnt,, i emailed ed balls about howw worthless academy's are they are a waste off time.. they expected us too be perfect there wasnt good behaviour in grove park or woolston soo what makes you think that they are just gunna change bcoz we became an academy? thats exactly what mrs johnson thought! Bah!!!!!! i really doo hate everything about that school it has messed everything up! i thought havnt 5 different science teachers throughout the year in year 9 was bad but she is just insane! the teachers actually take time off bcoz they cant control their class or no1 listens to them and 19 staff left? no surprise school is ment too be school, not walk around the corridors for 50 minutes and run away from on-call when they walk past! 'tis stoopid! Year10Kid
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