Governors sacked to save Futures College

Echo: Resigned: Stephen Capper Resigned: Stephen Capper

RADICAL action is being taken to try to turn around a troubled school, the Echo can reveal.

Futures Community College in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend, has appointed a new head, replaced its entire governing body and could also get rid of several staff.

Stuart Reynolds, formerly of the King John School, in Thundersley, and James Hornsby High School, in Laindon, has replaced Stephen Capper, after he resigned following an Ofsted report, which rated the school inadequate and not improving.

Dr Paul Hayman, headteacher of Westcliff High School for Girls, has also offered his support to turn it around.

It has also emerged the entire board of governors has been replaced with an Interim Executive Board – a temporary management team allowed to oversee a school in exceptional circumstances.

One school source said: “There are a number of teachers off sick – a lot of it is stress. I heard it was 15 in one day recently. I’ve even heard some of the learning support staff are taking lessons.”

Debbie Doogan-Turner, Eastern regional organiser for Unison, which represents teaching support staff, said staff had been put at risk of redundancy. She said: “We’re providing support to staff, some of whom have been at the school, often in challenging circumstances, for 20 years.

“We’ve not had much contact so far and we’re disappointed at how the school has handled this.”

She said it is believed there would be six redundancies and members of staff were being asked to reduce their hours.

A parent of a child at the school, who did not wish to be named, said: “There are real problems. There are no governors and there is a problem with discipline.”

Stuart Reynolds, the new headteacher, said: “This school is committed to all students achieving the best of their ability.

As part of ongoing changes, we are consulting on the structure for both support staff and teachers until the end of this month.

“Once responses have been received, the Interim Executive Board will meet to debate the next steps.”

Do you have a child at the school, post your comment below or call the newsroom on 01702 321151.

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3:47pm Mon 10 Feb 14

I care about rayleigh says...

It's the kids that need to change and the attitude of their parents. Children who come from homes that value education and support the teachers, want to learn and get on with the job of learning rather than disrupting lessons. Teachers can then get on with the job of teaching. Regularly changing those in charge and threatening jobs causes disruption.
It's the kids that need to change and the attitude of their parents. Children who come from homes that value education and support the teachers, want to learn and get on with the job of learning rather than disrupting lessons. Teachers can then get on with the job of teaching. Regularly changing those in charge and threatening jobs causes disruption. I care about rayleigh
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7:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Luscious Linda says...

My daughter is in Year 11 and has a constant stream of Supply teachers for every lesson making it impossible for her to learn properly .It will be a miracle if she obtains the exam results she needs for college and she works to her full ability as well.I would not reccomend this school to anyone it is appalling.I am thinking of withdrawing my son who is in in year 8 and sending him to another school as a result of the bad education my daughter has received .
My daughter is in Year 11 and has a constant stream of Supply teachers for every lesson making it impossible for her to learn properly .It will be a miracle if she obtains the exam results she needs for college and she works to her full ability as well.I would not reccomend this school to anyone it is appalling.I am thinking of withdrawing my son who is in in year 8 and sending him to another school as a result of the bad education my daughter has received . Luscious Linda
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