Changes have been made at Bexhill High Academy and improvement is on the way...so cut us some slack, asks Interim Principal Andy Mortimer.
He reacted to criticism from the GMB Union following his declaration that Prospects Academies Trust was being wound up but it would be “business as usual” while a new sponsor is being found.
Rachel Verdin of the GMB Union believes Bexhill High has been beset with problems since becoming an academy and claimed “a knee-jerk reaction bidding process to try and find a new sponsor” would simply add to that mix.
She commented: “Bexhill High’s academy experiment has quite clearly failed and as a matter of public interest the school, its pupils and staff need certainty.”
Mr Mortimer responded by saying he was disappointed by this, adding: “What I find really sad is that there should be such criticism when Bexhill High has achieved so much in the last 12 months. The staff and students have made such amazing progress, displaying great commitment and determination at the same time.
Yes problems still remain - we have never denied that - but Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
Meanwhile Christine Blower, of the National Union of Teachers, described the free school and academies programme as “an ill-thought-out gamble with children’s education and said: “It is time that handing over schools to unaccountable private companies ended. Public money is being squandered and education is suffering as a result.
“All state funded schools should be under the umbrella of the local authority to ensure that there are proper checks and balances in place.”