IPACA principal leaves in shock resignation

IPACA principal leaves in shock resignation

IPACA principal leaves in shock resignation

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IPACA has announced its principal is leaving in a shock resignation, just days before the new school year was due to begin.

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy has confirmed that Alison Appleyard has left the academy in order to embark on the next stage of her career.

The resignation comes just weeks after IPACA announced they had plans in place to ask exam boards for GCSE papers to be reviewed and regraded. Mrs Appleyard became the first principal at IPACA in January 2013 after the academy got the go ahead in April 2012 Since then, the academy achieved their best ever GCSE results in 2013, a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, and will be opening the door to its new Sixth Form this year.

John Tizard, chairman of governors said: “Alison has made a significant contribution as principal.

“During her time in post as our 'Founder Principal’, the academy has secured a ‘Good’ grade from Ofsted and the governors are very grateful for the contribution that she has made to the academy.

“She leaves IPACA in a much stronger position, and well placed to continue its journey. We and everyone at IPACA wish her every success in the future.

“Alison has asked me to pass on her love and best wishes to all staff, students and their families and to wish them every success in the future. She has felt privileged to have been the first principal of IPACA.”

Toni Coombs, the cabinet member for Education at Dorset County Council said: “All I can say is it is very disappointing because the results IPACA have achieved have seen great gains and they have had a really good start to their future as an academy.

“I am very sad to hear about the resignation, it is a real shame.”

Following her resignation, vice-principals, Darren Marklew, Stuart McLeod and Robert Russell will lead the academy, as they did when Mrs Appleyard was absent last year.

The academy said it is planned that a “highly-experienced interim principal” will be appointed to the role at the earliest opportunity.

“We are fortunate at IPACA in having a very experienced set of school leaders and staff team, and we are confident that our development will continue with passion, determination and innovation,” Mr Tizard added.

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5:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Wideyedandlegless says...

Something's not right here unless Academy staff have different terms and conditions to local authority teachers (which would not surprise me)
Teachers have to give half a term's notice when leaving their job. If this is the case for Ms Appleyard then the governors at IPACA have known about this since May/June but have kept it quiet, OR she has been allowed to leave without the required notice period for some reason. Could it have anything to do with this summer's exam results? I think parents, children and staff should be told.
Something's not right here unless Academy staff have different terms and conditions to local authority teachers (which would not surprise me) Teachers have to give half a term's notice when leaving their job. If this is the case for Ms Appleyard then the governors at IPACA have known about this since May/June but have kept it quiet, OR she has been allowed to leave without the required notice period for some reason. Could it have anything to do with this summer's exam results? I think parents, children and staff should be told. Wideyedandlegless
  • Score: 38

5:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Chav_Scum says...

I also suspect you may beright re. differing terms of employment, Wideyedandlegless.
Or allowed to leave outside of her terms due to the planning appeal? The 'against' have always seen her as an uncommunicative influence steam rollering the plans through, as I understand it.
If she was going to leave in half a term anyhow, maybe a chance to get a good a bit of PR in before the appeal - call in a new 'good cop' principal?
I also suspect you may beright re. differing terms of employment, Wideyedandlegless. Or allowed to leave outside of her terms due to the planning appeal? The 'against' have always seen her as an uncommunicative influence steam rollering the plans through, as I understand it. If she was going to leave in half a term anyhow, maybe a chance to get a good a bit of PR in before the appeal - call in a new 'good cop' principal? Chav_Scum
  • Score: 5

8:55am Tue 2 Sep 14

Newground says...

It is neither edifying nor persuasive when the captain of a half-built, foundering ship goes on to praise the merits of her vessel... from the safety and comfort of her lifeboat far, far away.

Is she going for lots of dosh in Dubai... or have the chickens simply come home to roost?
It is neither edifying nor persuasive when the captain of a half-built, foundering ship goes on to praise the merits of her vessel... from the safety and comfort of her lifeboat far, far away. Is she going for lots of dosh in Dubai... or have the chickens simply come home to roost? Newground
  • Score: 26

9:20am Tue 2 Sep 14

Bollard says...

Wow, the kids go back to school tomorrow and there is no head teacher. Not that I would want to be in charge of moving a large part of the school in to second hand buildings at an inaccessible industrial estate.
One year to go, does anybody know if any work has started yet?
Wow, the kids go back to school tomorrow and there is no head teacher. Not that I would want to be in charge of moving a large part of the school in to second hand buildings at an inaccessible industrial estate. One year to go, does anybody know if any work has started yet? Bollard
  • Score: 20

10:59am Tue 2 Sep 14

Easton55 says...

From the beginning, IPACA promised "openness and honesty". Time to make good on this promise. There is obviously something going on behind the scenes, and parents deserve to know the truth. It is very difficult to support a school that hides behind spin and hype. Last year's GCSE hype was "best ever GCSE results" (not difficult for a school in its first year of existence) - this year there has been a resounding silence, apart from the comment that the school will be submitting papers for re-marking. As a parent, I have no interest in the next stage of Alison Appleyard's career. I want answers as to why this school is being left without a leader at such short notice.
From the beginning, IPACA promised "openness and honesty". Time to make good on this promise. There is obviously something going on behind the scenes, and parents deserve to know the truth. It is very difficult to support a school that hides behind spin and hype. Last year's GCSE hype was "best ever GCSE results" (not difficult for a school in its first year of existence) - this year there has been a resounding silence, apart from the comment that the school will be submitting papers for re-marking. As a parent, I have no interest in the next stage of Alison Appleyard's career. I want answers as to why this school is being left without a leader at such short notice. Easton55
  • Score: 27

11:10am Tue 2 Sep 14

portland rebel says...

the timing, the spin, the lack of real information, the silence about exam results, no comments from the rose tinted glasses brigade. say's it all really.
the timing, the spin, the lack of real information, the silence about exam results, no comments from the rose tinted glasses brigade. say's it all really. portland rebel
  • Score: 20

11:42am Tue 2 Sep 14

IslandJim1 says...

Abandon ship! She's obviously just seem how much money is left in the pot and realised it wont even cover her salary, let the building work at AUWE.
Abandon ship! She's obviously just seem how much money is left in the pot and realised it wont even cover her salary, let the building work at AUWE. IslandJim1
  • Score: 19

12:34pm Tue 2 Sep 14

youngpete says...

Has she finally realised this project is doomed to fail just as the majority of Portland people have been saying????????I am absolutely sick to death of tax payers money being wasted & then the people like Appleyard getting out before it all goes pear shaped.I want to know who is in charge of this mess & who will be made to pay for others misery.
Has she finally realised this project is doomed to fail just as the majority of Portland people have been saying????????I am absolutely sick to death of tax payers money being wasted & then the people like Appleyard getting out before it all goes pear shaped.I want to know who is in charge of this mess & who will be made to pay for others misery. youngpete
  • Score: 22

9:17pm Tue 2 Sep 14

PortlandYoof says...

Ohh this could get interesting... better get the popcorn ready and find a nice comfy seat ;o)

Also, I don't half find it amusing how they have the cheek to brag about a 'GOOD' rating by OFSTED on their big banner down as Osprey.. surely 'Excellent' or 'Outstanding' is something to behold.. 'GOOD' just sounds.. a bit.. well, 'meh' or is it just me?

Looks like she's realised they've finally bitten off more than they can chew with AUWE as IslandJim says..
Ohh this could get interesting... better get the popcorn ready and find a nice comfy seat ;o) Also, I don't half find it amusing how they have the cheek to brag about a 'GOOD' rating by OFSTED on their big banner down as Osprey.. surely 'Excellent' or 'Outstanding' is something to behold.. 'GOOD' just sounds.. a bit.. well, 'meh' or is it just me? Looks like she's realised they've finally bitten off more than they can chew with AUWE as IslandJim says.. PortlandYoof
  • Score: 13

4:37am Thu 4 Sep 14

THE OUTSIDERS says...

The school is a sham two years ago they supplied all pupils new uniform made to measure free of charge in the light of the new school that was to be opened last year then the pupils are given chrome books also chrome books also free of charge they can freely email teachers and even upload pictures to them as was recently bought to light when asked why a pupil was able to do so the reply I got was it's to build a special relationship with the child so they can trust in them . I PERSONALLY THINK THE SCHOOL HAS JUST WASTED THE MONEY THAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM TO BUILD THE NEW SCHOOL SO MRS APPLEYARD IN HER PERSONALISED PORSCHES OR BMW HAS MADE A QUICK ESCAPE !!!!!!!!!!
The school is a sham two years ago they supplied all pupils new uniform made to measure free of charge in the light of the new school that was to be opened last year then the pupils are given chrome books also chrome books also free of charge they can freely email teachers and even upload pictures to them as was recently bought to light when asked why a pupil was able to do so the reply I got was it's to build a special relationship with the child so they can trust in them . I PERSONALLY THINK THE SCHOOL HAS JUST WASTED THE MONEY THAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM TO BUILD THE NEW SCHOOL SO MRS APPLEYARD IN HER PERSONALISED PORSCHES OR BMW HAS MADE A QUICK ESCAPE !!!!!!!!!! THE OUTSIDERS
  • Score: 2

4:39am Thu 4 Sep 14

THE OUTSIDERS says...

The school is a sham two years ago they supplied all pupils new uniform made to measure free of charge in the light of the new school that was to be opened last year then the pupils are given chrome books also chrome books also free of charge they can freely email teachers and even upload pictures to them as was recently bought to light when asked why a pupil was able to do so the reply I got was it's to build a special relationship with the child so they can trust in them .TOTALLY WRONG IN MY EYES I PERSONALLY THINK THE SCHOOL HAS JUST WASTED THE MONEY THAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM TO BUILD THE NEW SCHOOL SO MRS APPLEYARD IN HER PERSONALISED PORSCHES OR BMW HAS MADE A QUICK ESCAPE !!!!!!!!!!
The school is a sham two years ago they supplied all pupils new uniform made to measure free of charge in the light of the new school that was to be opened last year then the pupils are given chrome books also chrome books also free of charge they can freely email teachers and even upload pictures to them as was recently bought to light when asked why a pupil was able to do so the reply I got was it's to build a special relationship with the child so they can trust in them .TOTALLY WRONG IN MY EYES I PERSONALLY THINK THE SCHOOL HAS JUST WASTED THE MONEY THAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM TO BUILD THE NEW SCHOOL SO MRS APPLEYARD IN HER PERSONALISED PORSCHES OR BMW HAS MADE A QUICK ESCAPE !!!!!!!!!! THE OUTSIDERS
  • Score: -2

9:41am Thu 4 Sep 14

jlmc139 says...

THE OUTSIDERS wrote:
The school is a sham two years ago they supplied all pupils new uniform made to measure free of charge in the light of the new school that was to be opened last year then the pupils are given chrome books also chrome books also free of charge they can freely email teachers and even upload pictures to them as was recently bought to light when asked why a pupil was able to do so the reply I got was it's to build a special relationship with the child so they can trust in them .TOTALLY WRONG IN MY EYES I PERSONALLY THINK THE SCHOOL HAS JUST WASTED THE MONEY THAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM TO BUILD THE NEW SCHOOL SO MRS APPLEYARD IN HER PERSONALISED PORSCHES OR BMW HAS MADE A QUICK ESCAPE !!!!!!!!!!
She has a Landrover actually lmao
[quote][p][bold]THE OUTSIDERS[/bold] wrote: The school is a sham two years ago they supplied all pupils new uniform made to measure free of charge in the light of the new school that was to be opened last year then the pupils are given chrome books also chrome books also free of charge they can freely email teachers and even upload pictures to them as was recently bought to light when asked why a pupil was able to do so the reply I got was it's to build a special relationship with the child so they can trust in them .TOTALLY WRONG IN MY EYES I PERSONALLY THINK THE SCHOOL HAS JUST WASTED THE MONEY THAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM TO BUILD THE NEW SCHOOL SO MRS APPLEYARD IN HER PERSONALISED PORSCHES OR BMW HAS MADE A QUICK ESCAPE !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]She has a Landrover actually lmao jlmc139
  • Score: 4

8:30am Tue 9 Sep 14

Nomatterwhat says...

Doing exactly what she did at her last academy. Deserting a sinking ship, left with no money because it was wasted on unnecessary gimmickry, and a demoralised staff.
Doing exactly what she did at her last academy. Deserting a sinking ship, left with no money because it was wasted on unnecessary gimmickry, and a demoralised staff. Nomatterwhat
  • Score: 5

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