Parents are still fighting to stop Net Academies Trust take over Waltham Holy Cross
Parents fighting to stop their children’s school becoming an academy have launched a petition as their campaign rumbles on.
In December last year Waltham Holy Cross primary was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, the poor rating meaning the Waltham Abbey based school would have to become an academy.
In the months after it was announced Net Academies Trust would run the school in May, supporters of headteacher Erica Barnet, and the reforms she has brought in since former trust operators Lilac Sky left several years, have fought hard to have the Ofsted judgement and academisation order overturned.
Parent Shaunagh-Rose Roberts has been lobbying to this effect, pushing Essex County Council and Ofsted to clarify their decision making processes, whipping the academy opponents into shape and now launching a petition urging another inspection take place before academisation.
She said: “I remember being excited about the future of the school and feeling safe in the knowledge that my children’s education would be focused on curiosity, confidence building, nurturing individual talents and embracing creativity.
“We, along with hundreds of other parents, have seen the evidence of these values and principles every day.
“We see the happiness, joy and progress in our children every day.
“And we see the excitement, enthusiasm & eagerness to learn every morning
“There’s a good chance that everything we love and cherish about the school today will be forced to change.”
Murray Sackwild, general secretary of the National Education Union, met with the school’s teachers last week and heard how some feared being part of a large education trust.
He said: “They have no desire to have a different working day and year imposed on them, be forced to participate in meetings in Harlow and teach the same lessons at the same times, with exactly the same content, as teachers at Harlow NET schools.
“They see this erosion of their professionalism as detrimental to the needs of the children at Waltham Holy Cross.
“The National Education Union supports the teachers, support staff, parents and children at Waltham Holy Cross.
“They are united in their desire to deliver an outstanding education and meet the specific needs of young people in the area – working together in a wholly supportive environment.”
An Ofsted spokesperson has previously refused to say whether the governmental body would consider re-inspecting the school, but argued it was ‘confident’ the report was an ‘accurate reflection of the school’.
To sign the petition go to www.saveourschool.org.uk/petition/
Note: I think they meant “General Secretary of Harlow+Epping Forest NEU”
Joint NUT/ATL training weekend Marks Tey Hotel Saturday 17 -18 November 2018.It has been agreed to hold a joint two day training weekend with ATL on Saturday and Sunday 17 & 18 November at the Marks Tey Hotel , Marks Tey, Nr ColchesterThe weekend has been agreed to be part of the launch of the fully integrated NEU from 1 January 19The programme start at 10.15 on Saturday with a keynote presentation by NEU joint General Secretary Mary Bousted and concludes on Sunday with lunchA varied and interesting programmes is being planned including valuable organising sessions as well as a CPD session on Voice Training for teachersFor participants from *Essex Local Associations all the conference costs except travel will be covered by Essex Division NUT. This includes overnight accommodation, all meals, tea and coffee.It is very much hoped that Local Associations will identify 3/4 delegates with, if possible, half coming from young or more recently active membersPlease let me have the names and email addresses of those who will be coming from your Association by no later than Monday 1 OctoberRegardsJerry GlazierGeneral Secretary NEU Essex Division NUT Section
The final Annual General Meeting of Essex NUT takes place this evening
BURSTEAD GOLF CLUB
Tye Common Road, Billericay CM12 9SS
Following the postponement of
ASSOCIATION AGM this Thursday
the new date has been announced:
THURSDAY 25 JANUARY at 4.30
at the HARLOW STUDY CENTRE
all members welcome
The Essex Schools closed Monday December 11 so far:
The full list as of 9pm.
Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School,
Brentwood, CM14 4EX
Burnham on Crouch Primary School,
Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8LG
Doddinghurst Infant School,
Brentwood, CM15 0NJ
Doddinghurst Church of England,
Brentwood, CM15 0NJ
Grove House School,
Brentwood, CM15 9DA
High Ongar Primary School
High Ongar, CM5 9NB
Holly Trees Primary School,
Brentwood, CM14 5RY
Kelvedon Hatch Community Primary School,
Brentwood, CM5 0DH
Larchwood Primary School,
Brentwood, CM15 9NG
Long Ridings Primary School,
Brentwood, CM13 1DU
Moreton Church of England Primary,
Ongar, CM5 0JD
Mountnessing Church of England,
Brentwood, CM15 0UH
Maldon, CM9 6AB
Shenfield High School,
Brentwood, CM15 8RY
St Helen’s Catholic Junior School Academy,
Brentwood, CM15 9BY
St John Fisher Catholic Primary School,
Loughton, IG10 2DY,
St Thomas of Cantebury Church of England,
Brentwood, CM12 9LH
The Ongar Academy,
Ongar, CM5 0AN
Schools with shorter opening hours due to the snow:
The Boswell’s Academy
The school announced on its website that it will be open 10am to 2:45pm.
On their website, it states: “There will be no clubs before and after school and there will only be a very limited food service at the break. Please be advised that we will be relaxing our rules regarding footwear and students should wear footwear that is appropriate to the snowy/icy conditions. Students should stick to the treated pathways on site and take care on the journey to and from school.”
Moulsham High School delayed start
Moulsham High School have announced a delayed start to the day, students asked to arrive at 9:55am, but staff will be in at normal time.
Students will start their day at 9:55am, and finish at 3:25pm.
The school has also said the Year 11 Art exams will start later too, but have not given an update on whether the exam will finish an hour later, but promise no child will be at a disadvantage.
Chelmer Valley High announces late start
Chelmer Valley High will be open tomorrow, but it will have a late start following the bad weather.
The structure of the day will start at 10:30am and the school day will end at 3pm.
Several members secured meetings with Essex MPs on Tuesday 24 October to lobby re School Cuts
ITV covered the event