Mystery surrounds absence of Quantock Academy executive head

This is The West Country: EXECUTIVE headteacher of the Quantock Academy Ian Bradbury. Photo: SWNS EXECUTIVE headteacher of the Quantock Academy Ian Bradbury. Photo: SWNS

MYSTERY surrounds the absence of a West Somerset head teacher from his school.

Last Thursday, a letter was sent to parents of the Quantock Academy about its executive head Ian Bradbury.

The academy is made up of Danesfield Academy and St Peter’s School in Williton along with Old Cleeve School in Washford.

The letter, from chair of govenors Cerys Randell said the the board wanted to make parents aware that ‘Mr Bradbury is currently absent from work’.

No explanation was given regarding his absence and the letter went on to say that for reasons of confidentiality details of individual employees and their circumstances are not discussed.

There has also been no update on the incident at Danesfield on Monday March 3 when it was alleged that a teacher taped up the mouths of pupils.

The teacher concerned was suspended pending an investigation and Mr Bradbury told parents that the matter would be concluded at the ‘earliest opportunity’.

One parent who wished to remain anonymous said: “There are a lot of rumours going around about the situation.

“Even though we were sent a letter last week saying Mr Bradbury is ‘absent from work’, this is very poor as there is no indication as to why he is absent and if and when he will return.

“As a parent with a child at one of the schools, I feel like we should be kept informed more to stop any unnecessary rumours and worries.

“I’m also concerned because Danesfield School is now two teachers down.”

West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said: “I’m sure Mr Bradbury and the governors are working together to get any issues resolved as quickly as possible.

“We all have the children’s best interests at heart and want what is best for them.”

Despite asking, an answer was not forthcoming about how long Mr Bradbury had been absent from school but the County Gazette understands it is since before Easter.

While Mr Bradbury is absent, associate headteacher of the academy Dan Perry is overall in charge with Danesfield deputy headteacher Nigel Johnson supporting.

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11:37pm Fri 2 May 14

terrya59 says...

ian bradbury admitted hitting my daughter a few years ago and was punished
for it by the governers and questioned under caution by the police and that was covered up. The goveners would not even tell me what they had done about it so it does not surprise me that they wont comment now.
ian bradbury admitted hitting my daughter a few years ago and was punished for it by the governers and questioned under caution by the police and that was covered up. The goveners would not even tell me what they had done about it so it does not surprise me that they wont comment now. terrya59
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6:30pm Sun 4 May 14

Lourdes Castillo-Baly says...

As the previous parent I also had some issues 2 years ago with Ian Bradbury, the headteacher for Danesfield, St. Peters and Old Cleeve schools (the Quantocks Federation schools), regarding the standard of teaching. I wrote 3 letters to Danesfield school: First to my child's teacher, second one to her tutor group and the final one to Ian Bradbury and NOBODY replied to my concerns.
I also phoned him directly and told him that if the situation doesn't improve I will contact the Education Department at Somerset County Council but his replied was "That will not help". I also wrote my complaint to OFSTED however, they replied that I should address the issue to the school governors.
I finally removed my child from that school 2 years ago and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
If as a parent you are unable to communicate with the Head of the school through the proper channels, then all the confidence and trust you may have with the school with regard to the care and education of your child
has been lost. In such a situation I could take the only action open to me my removing my child from that school.

Lourdes Castillo-Baly
Spanish Tutor Somerset
As the previous parent I also had some issues 2 years ago with Ian Bradbury, the headteacher for Danesfield, St. Peters and Old Cleeve schools (the Quantocks Federation schools), regarding the standard of teaching. I wrote 3 letters to Danesfield school: First to my child's teacher, second one to her tutor group and the final one to Ian Bradbury and NOBODY replied to my concerns. I also phoned him directly and told him that if the situation doesn't improve I will contact the Education Department at Somerset County Council but his replied was "That will not help". I also wrote my complaint to OFSTED however, they replied that I should address the issue to the school governors. I finally removed my child from that school 2 years ago and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. If as a parent you are unable to communicate with the Head of the school through the proper channels, then all the confidence and trust you may have with the school with regard to the care and education of your child has been lost. In such a situation I could take the only action open to me my removing my child from that school. Lourdes Castillo-Baly Spanish Tutor Somerset Lourdes Castillo-Baly
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4:59pm Mon 5 May 14

Nothingtolookat says...

They need to issue a statement soon, the rumours going around are going to harm him and the school if they're not true and we as parents have a right to know, if the rumours are true it's seriously going to make parents think twice before sending their children to the Quantock academy schools.
They need to issue a statement soon, the rumours going around are going to harm him and the school if they're not true and we as parents have a right to know, if the rumours are true it's seriously going to make parents think twice before sending their children to the Quantock academy schools. Nothingtolookat
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