Academy status marks new era at Court Fields School in Wellington

This is The West Country: Rachael Bennett. Rachael Bennett.

THE head of Court Fields School believes next week’s conversion into an academy will mark the start of an “exciting” new era.

On January 1, the Wellington school will become a part of The Castle Partnership Trust, working with The Castle School, in Taunton.

The conversion comes as Court Fields receives a £100,000 cash windfall, which could see the creation of an outdoor space and revamped facilities.

Head of school Rachael Bennett said: “We have been working with the Trust since September and we have already made quite a few changes. I think this is a really exciting time for the school.

“We’ve got a very clear direction and we know exactly where we are going.”

Staff sharing and more freedom are some of the benefits of becoming an academy, as the school will be independent from the local authority.

Leaders are looking at freshening up the curriculum and buildings – such as the hall, canteen and toilets – with cash from the environmental improvement grant.

It is part of a plan to continue the school’s steady improvement, which climbed out of special measures in October, 11 months after being rated ‘inadequate’ by OFSTED.

Ms Bennett said: “We’re consulting on a lot of things, including the uniform and the curriculum.

“We’re getting parents and students involved in that process because it’s their school. We want them to be happy to come here and to be proud to wear the uniform.

“It’s about doing things that will bring the changes to make sure we get a ‘good’ rating from OFSTED during the next inspection.”

Sarah Watson, head teacher at The Castle School, will become executive head and oversee both schools, while Ms Bennett will remain in charge of the day-to-day running of Court Fields.

Ms Watson said: “We are delighted at the significant progress that is already being made by Court Fields.

“The Trust leadership extends now across both schools and is very strong.

“We are very focused on ensuring that all the children at both schools make more than expected progress and that they all enjoy the same high standards and expectations that are well established at The Castle. We look forward to continued success at both schools.”

Earlier this month, Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne met with Ms Bennett to see how teaching standards were being raised at the school.

He said: “I was impressed by the attitude of the staff and students at Court Fields. There is an acceptance that changes needed to be made and an enthusiasm for raising standards.

“I know that Court Fields is benefitting from working with Castle. I hope this will be a fruitful relationship on both sides, with Castle also gaining some new ideas from Court Fields.”

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12:32pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

Originally posted August 2013
Somerset Socialist Party warns:
"Watch out for the future sell-off, of all, or part of, Court Field's sports fields"...

Stop Gove's school profits plans!

Martin Powell-Davies, NUT teachers' union national executive

The Independent has reported on leaked plans that only confirm what we already knew - that Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to allow big business to make a profit out of running schools.

The report confirms that he wants all 30,000 state schools to become academies.

To encourage sponsors to take schools off his hands, he wants to let academies sell off land and declare a profit to shareholders.

This 'leak' is no surprise. Gove's agenda has always been to privatise and turn schools, like other public services, into just another source of profit for the government's big business friends.

As in Sweden, allowing schools-for-profit will have a disastrous effect on education - but Gove's main concern, along with his Cabinet colleagues, is to deregulate and privatise public services.

This includes attacking teachers' pay and conditions, to drive down the cost of education so big business can more easily make profits.

Term free-for-all

Gove is seemingly introducing a 'Deregulation Bill' letting schools set their own term dates. Combined with the proposed deregulation of teachers' contracts, this is a recipe for a chaotic school calendar free-for-all where parents find their children are attending different schools with different holiday dates and overall holidays are made even shorter. English schools already have one of the shortest summer holidays in Europe.

Labour's shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg responded: "I'm glad Michael Gove has finally done something sensible". Clearly opposition to this disastrous deregulation isn't going to come from Labour!

Attacks from all the main political parties mean teachers need to take determined strike action. The 27 June strike action in North West England was a good start but, as Gove and Twigg deregulate, we will have to escalate.

The NUT and NASUWT teachers' unions should name the strike dates for next term as quickly as possible and, above all, move towards national strike days that bring everyone together and make sure the politicians and media start to take notice.
For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
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Originally posted August 2013 Somerset Socialist Party warns: "Watch out for the future sell-off, of all, or part of, Court Field's sports fields"... Stop Gove's school profits plans! Martin Powell-Davies, NUT teachers' union national executive The Independent has reported on leaked plans that only confirm what we already knew - that Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to allow big business to make a profit out of running schools. The report confirms that he wants all 30,000 state schools to become academies. To encourage sponsors to take schools off his hands, he wants to let academies sell off land and declare a profit to shareholders. This 'leak' is no surprise. Gove's agenda has always been to privatise and turn schools, like other public services, into just another source of profit for the government's big business friends. As in Sweden, allowing schools-for-profit will have a disastrous effect on education - but Gove's main concern, along with his Cabinet colleagues, is to deregulate and privatise public services. This includes attacking teachers' pay and conditions, to drive down the cost of education so big business can more easily make profits. Term free-for-all Gove is seemingly introducing a 'Deregulation Bill' letting schools set their own term dates. Combined with the proposed deregulation of teachers' contracts, this is a recipe for a chaotic school calendar free-for-all where parents find their children are attending different schools with different holiday dates and overall holidays are made even shorter. English schools already have one of the shortest summer holidays in Europe. Labour's shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg responded: "I'm glad Michael Gove has finally done something sensible". Clearly opposition to this disastrous deregulation isn't going to come from Labour! Attacks from all the main political parties mean teachers need to take determined strike action. The 27 June strike action in North West England was a good start but, as Gove and Twigg deregulate, we will have to escalate. The NUT and NASUWT teachers' unions should name the strike dates for next term as quickly as possible and, above all, move towards national strike days that bring everyone together and make sure the politicians and media start to take notice. For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset.SocialistParty

12:45pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

"Being allowed to make a profit means we could raise money to fund expansion, by borrowing against our existing assets, namely our schools."

Anonymous chief executive of a leading academies trust, quoted in the Independent 1st July 2013.

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Don't just get angry.... Get organised!! For more information or to join the Socialist Party, visit www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
"Being allowed to make a profit means we could raise money to fund expansion, by borrowing against our existing assets, namely our schools." Anonymous chief executive of a leading academies trust, quoted in the Independent 1st July 2013. http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/uk/pol itics/cash-for-class rooms-michael-gove-p lans-to-let-firms-ru n-schools-for-profit -8682395.html Don't just get angry.... Get organised!! For more information or to join the Socialist Party, visit www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset.SocialistParty

1:15pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

Open question to Sarah Watson, Executive Head of The Castle Partnership Trust.

At what point in the future do you anticipate the Castle Partnership Trust will declare the need to start making a profit?

You will have of course have already addressed this question of 'profitability' in your business-plan, (you do have a business plan, don't you?).

Perhaps, in this new 'exciting era' of new found 'freedoms' you would like to share with the public, the students and their parents and guardians your covert plans for turning the schools into profit making entities?

Or perhaps you will continue to shroud your plans in a veil of secrecy and denial and instead publicly reveal them at some time in the future that is better suited to further Gove's political motives of privatisation.

Please note Ms Watson, that if (as we anticipate) you choose to ignore this question, it will be followed-up by a formal freedom of Information (FOI) request.

For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socilaistparty.o
rg.uk
Open question to Sarah Watson, Executive Head of The Castle Partnership Trust. At what point in the future do you anticipate the Castle Partnership Trust will declare the need to start making a profit? You will have of course have already addressed this question of 'profitability' in your business-plan, (you do have a business plan, don't you?). Perhaps, in this new 'exciting era' of new found 'freedoms' you would like to share with the public, the students and their parents and guardians your covert plans for turning the schools into profit making entities? Or perhaps you will continue to shroud your plans in a veil of secrecy and denial and instead publicly reveal them at some time in the future that is better suited to further Gove's political motives of privatisation. Please note Ms Watson, that if (as we anticipate) you choose to ignore this question, it will be followed-up by a formal freedom of Information (FOI) request. For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socilaistparty.o rg.uk Somerset.SocialistParty

11:33am Fri 27 Dec 13

Monument says...

Somerset socialist party

Please promise you will continue to post your long winded, ranting posts in the new year.

They remind me of my formative years in Wellington in the 70's, and by doing so you will continue to ensure the electorate of west somerset will never elect a Socialist or Labour MP or Council.

Keep it up you old 70's left wing looney you.
Somerset socialist party Please promise you will continue to post your long winded, ranting posts in the new year. They remind me of my formative years in Wellington in the 70's, and by doing so you will continue to ensure the electorate of west somerset will never elect a Socialist or Labour MP or Council. Keep it up you old 70's left wing looney you. Monument

12:55am Sat 28 Dec 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

Monument wrote:
Somerset socialist party

Please promise you will continue to post your long winded, ranting posts in the new year.

They remind me of my formative years in Wellington in the 70's, and by doing so you will continue to ensure the electorate of west somerset will never elect a Socialist or Labour MP or Council.

Keep it up you old 70's left wing looney you.
Stunning election victory in Seattle!

90,000 votes for socialist change: From 20th November 2013

Four and a half thousand miles away, in Seattle USA, the possibility of building a mass electoral voice for working class people has been glimpsed. This is in the most powerful capitalist country in the world, with much less of a history of a strong socialist movement than in Britain. Yet Kshama Sawant has been elected as a council member for Seattle on behalf of Socialist Alternative (co-thinkers of the Socialist Party). At the time of writing Kshama has won over 90,000 votes for socialism.

In her interview in this week's Socialist she declares: "I've seen a lot of comments saying that there's something unique about Seattle. Of course there are always things that are different from one situation to another but... given the crisis of capitalism... there is absolutely no question that there are opportunities. And if it can happen in the belly of the beast there is no reason why it can't be done elsewhere. But it's not automatic which is why we need to consciously build our forces."

Here in Britain, at election time, four in ten people say they choose 'none of the above'. This is a record level of disillusionment with the major capitalist parties. No surprise. Cameron has proudly declared that the Tories plan permanent austerity. They intend that all the misery of the last two and a half years - pay cuts, decimation of public services, the bedroom tax, queues outside food banks, choosing between heating and eating - will continue forever.

Nor is Labour fundamentally different. While many workers will vote Labour at a general election in order to try and get rid of the Con-Dems, it is not in the hope of getting a government that will stand up for the 99%. On the contrary, Labour leaders Miliband and Balls have made it clear that 'the next Labour government will make cuts too'.

Labour local authorities across the country are implementing the Con-Dem cuts. Individual Labour councillors who vote against cuts face suspension or expulsion from the party for their 'crime'. Rachel Reeves, the shadow welfare minister, has declared that Labour will be tougher on welfare than the current government!

The need for a mass party that stands for the majority - the working class - has never been so urgent. In the local elections on 22 May 2014 the Socialist Party in England and Wales will be taking part in a major electoral challenge to austerity as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). Join us to campaign, vote and think about being a candidate, for TUSC.

But it's not just about elections. Kshama was successful because she stood in solidarity with campaigns for decent wages and conditions for workers in Seattle. She constantly made clear that she is a socialist who fights for a fundamentally different type of society.

Capitalism is a system that works for the super-rich 1%, based on the exploitation and misery of millions of working people. The victory in Seattle reflects the fact that ordinary people, in the US and beyond, have had enough. We need to fight for a socialist alternative to capitalism, based on democratic planning to meet the needs and desires of the majority of the population and of the planet.

See more about the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and how you can get involved at tusc.org.uk
[quote][p][bold]Monument[/bold] wrote: Somerset socialist party Please promise you will continue to post your long winded, ranting posts in the new year. They remind me of my formative years in Wellington in the 70's, and by doing so you will continue to ensure the electorate of west somerset will never elect a Socialist or Labour MP or Council. Keep it up you old 70's left wing looney you.[/p][/quote]Stunning election victory in Seattle! 90,000 votes for socialist change: From 20th November 2013 Four and a half thousand miles away, in Seattle USA, the possibility of building a mass electoral voice for working class people has been glimpsed. This is in the most powerful capitalist country in the world, with much less of a history of a strong socialist movement than in Britain. Yet Kshama Sawant has been elected as a council member for Seattle on behalf of Socialist Alternative (co-thinkers of the Socialist Party). At the time of writing Kshama has won over 90,000 votes for socialism. In her interview in this week's Socialist she declares: "I've seen a lot of comments saying that there's something unique about Seattle. Of course there are always things that are different from one situation to another but... given the crisis of capitalism... there is absolutely no question that there are opportunities. And if it can happen in the belly of the beast there is no reason why it can't be done elsewhere. But it's not automatic which is why we need to consciously build our forces." Here in Britain, at election time, four in ten people say they choose 'none of the above'. This is a record level of disillusionment with the major capitalist parties. No surprise. Cameron has proudly declared that the Tories plan permanent austerity. They intend that all the misery of the last two and a half years - pay cuts, decimation of public services, the bedroom tax, queues outside food banks, choosing between heating and eating - will continue forever. Nor is Labour fundamentally different. While many workers will vote Labour at a general election in order to try and get rid of the Con-Dems, it is not in the hope of getting a government that will stand up for the 99%. On the contrary, Labour leaders Miliband and Balls have made it clear that 'the next Labour government will make cuts too'. Labour local authorities across the country are implementing the Con-Dem cuts. Individual Labour councillors who vote against cuts face suspension or expulsion from the party for their 'crime'. Rachel Reeves, the shadow welfare minister, has declared that Labour will be tougher on welfare than the current government! The need for a mass party that stands for the majority - the working class - has never been so urgent. In the local elections on 22 May 2014 the Socialist Party in England and Wales will be taking part in a major electoral challenge to austerity as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). Join us to campaign, vote and think about being a candidate, for TUSC. But it's not just about elections. Kshama was successful because she stood in solidarity with campaigns for decent wages and conditions for workers in Seattle. She constantly made clear that she is a socialist who fights for a fundamentally different type of society. Capitalism is a system that works for the super-rich 1%, based on the exploitation and misery of millions of working people. The victory in Seattle reflects the fact that ordinary people, in the US and beyond, have had enough. We need to fight for a socialist alternative to capitalism, based on democratic planning to meet the needs and desires of the majority of the population and of the planet. See more about the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and how you can get involved at tusc.org.uk Somerset.SocialistParty

4:57pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Mi_Coc says...

How do the socialist expect people to read all that twaddle it's not even short and the. Multiple posts it's just spam.
How do the socialist expect people to read all that twaddle it's not even short and the. Multiple posts it's just spam. Mi_Coc

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