Parents' concern after IPACA principal resigns

Lisa Hughes with a previous petition outside Brackenbury School

Lisa Hughes with a previous petition outside Brackenbury School

First published in News

PARENTS of children attending IPACA have voiced their concerns about the shock resignation of the academy’s principal.

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy announced on Monday that principal Alison Appleyard had resigned, just two days before the new school year.

The academy has now received some backlash from parents who want to know the reason behind the founder principal’s resignation.

Lisa Hughes, who led a petition against the formation of IPACA in 2012, has two children returning to IPACA this year.

She said: “They say she’s moving on to further her career but she was only at the academy for two years. I think there is more behind her leaving and I hope they will be honest with us.”

The sudden resignation has prompted questions about plans for the new sixth form and the proposed new campus at Southwell Business Park.

John Tizard, chairman of governors, said: “Nothing at the school, in terms of development, will be affected. We have 40 students already enrolled for the sixth form which we are really pleased about and we hope that number may still go up.”

Shedding more light on the principal’s resignation, he said: “Alison indicated that she wanted to leave to pursue new opportunities and this was in the interest of both Alison and the academy.”

The resignation comes just weeks after IPACA announced they had plans in place to ask exam boards for GCSE papers to be reviewed and re-graded.

The academy expects the remarked papers will be returned within three weeks of the deadline for resubmissions, which is September 20.

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4:38pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Dcsouthwell says...

The school situation in Portland at IPACA is very sad and the principal of a school does not leave with 2 days notice.
Many people onPortland have strongly supported IPACA and they must feel let down. Professional people do not resign with no notice to pursue new challenges.
Some transparency at IPACA is now required about GCSE results and the departure of the Principal. Were the results poor ?
Was the former Principal ill ?
Was there financial or sexual irregularity. Some openness is required.
IPACA appear to be discrediting the Academy educational policy of being accountable to parents.
Portland students are being let down.
Some answers are required.
The school situation in Portland at IPACA is very sad and the principal of a school does not leave with 2 days notice. Many people onPortland have strongly supported IPACA and they must feel let down. Professional people do not resign with no notice to pursue new challenges. Some transparency at IPACA is now required about GCSE results and the departure of the Principal. Were the results poor ? Was the former Principal ill ? Was there financial or sexual irregularity. Some openness is required. IPACA appear to be discrediting the Academy educational policy of being accountable to parents. Portland students are being let down. Some answers are required. Dcsouthwell
  • Score: 15

4:59pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Portlander21 says...

Ipaca doesn't care about the children they only care about there image and getting what they want. No one on this island wanted the new Southwell campus. Ipaca had all this money to outfit all it's schools with new equipment that they promised but instead they close two schools and spend all there money on OQ Campus. They should of just outfitted royal manor and just have OQ and RM campus and concentrate on the children's education for once! I am a ex pupil of Ipaca and in was doing ok in school until they took over and have left school with almost no Gcse and I suggest anyone who reads this to move there child ASAP if they want there child to get a good education!!
Ipaca doesn't care about the children they only care about there image and getting what they want. No one on this island wanted the new Southwell campus. Ipaca had all this money to outfit all it's schools with new equipment that they promised but instead they close two schools and spend all there money on OQ Campus. They should of just outfitted royal manor and just have OQ and RM campus and concentrate on the children's education for once! I am a ex pupil of Ipaca and in was doing ok in school until they took over and have left school with almost no Gcse and I suggest anyone who reads this to move there child ASAP if they want there child to get a good education!! Portlander21
  • Score: 11

7:12pm Thu 4 Sep 14

prestonpete says...

I saw thing coming! Chances are, she resigned, because she finally realised, that putting a school at Southwell Business Park was the most stupid decision of her entire career. So, she wanted to get out before she was sacked. Just saying. As for furthering her career, that's more like moving on to another school, or business, and trying to bring on radical changes that will never work, then leave before it collapses! Well done Alison, you've left a right legacy there!
I saw thing coming! Chances are, she resigned, because she finally realised, that putting a school at Southwell Business Park was the most stupid decision of her entire career. So, she wanted to get out before she was sacked. Just saying. As for furthering her career, that's more like moving on to another school, or business, and trying to bring on radical changes that will never work, then leave before it collapses! Well done Alison, you've left a right legacy there! prestonpete
  • Score: 6

8:48pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Concerned of Portland says...

It may be coincidence but the Contractors have discovered so much asbestos in Maritime House that the cost of removing it is too high. They plan to remove the service trench covers down the corridors and bury the asbestos in concrete. Not quite going to plan is it.
It may be coincidence but the Contractors have discovered so much asbestos in Maritime House that the cost of removing it is too high. They plan to remove the service trench covers down the corridors and bury the asbestos in concrete. Not quite going to plan is it. Concerned of Portland
  • Score: 9

9:35pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Saund65 says...

I have never been a fan of Ms Appleyard - however, the decision to seek SBP as an alternative to the Royal Manor site was first suggested in the Summer of 2010. She commenced her employment as Principle in January 2013. She was never the decision maker, but the face of the Academy. Unfortunately this runaway train will not derail but continue until the station is reached. The whole process has gone too far - it's too late to stop. Her leaving, I suspect, is more to do with GCSE results - she will be made the scapegoat. I opposed it from the start and 7 years later I still have no confidence.
I have never been a fan of Ms Appleyard - however, the decision to seek SBP as an alternative to the Royal Manor site was first suggested in the Summer of 2010. She commenced her employment as Principle in January 2013. She was never the decision maker, but the face of the Academy. Unfortunately this runaway train will not derail but continue until the station is reached. The whole process has gone too far - it's too late to stop. Her leaving, I suspect, is more to do with GCSE results - she will be made the scapegoat. I opposed it from the start and 7 years later I still have no confidence. Saund65
  • Score: 5

6:32am Fri 5 Sep 14

PORTLAND ROVER says...

Alison Appleyard was brought in to oversee the Move to Southwell at all costs! She has done just that by Ignoring the People of Portland. Her Priority was NOT the Children... Her priority always was getting the move to Southwell... Even using Young Children as publicity through the Echo Pages. Her Role at Portland is now complete... I am sure she will now move on to another Aldridge Town to do exactly the same! The Timing of her resignation will lead to speculation... And the comments from the School regarding her departure are as vague as any other answer to any question posed to this academy. I feel Mrs Appleyard owes an explaination to the teachers, pupils and parents due to her swift exit.... And this time... It should be the truth without the need for parents to demand answers through the freedom of information act. If you were up-Front and forthright from the start... You would not be in this mess in the first place.
Alison Appleyard was brought in to oversee the Move to Southwell at all costs! She has done just that by Ignoring the People of Portland. Her Priority was NOT the Children... Her priority always was getting the move to Southwell... Even using Young Children as publicity through the Echo Pages. Her Role at Portland is now complete... I am sure she will now move on to another Aldridge Town to do exactly the same! The Timing of her resignation will lead to speculation... And the comments from the School regarding her departure are as vague as any other answer to any question posed to this academy. I feel Mrs Appleyard owes an explaination to the teachers, pupils and parents due to her swift exit.... And this time... It should be the truth without the need for parents to demand answers through the freedom of information act. If you were up-Front and forthright from the start... You would not be in this mess in the first place. PORTLAND ROVER
  • Score: 14

8:16am Fri 5 Sep 14

strawberryblonde says...

Concerned of Portland wrote:
It may be coincidence but the Contractors have discovered so much asbestos in Maritime House that the cost of removing it is too high. They plan to remove the service trench covers down the corridors and bury the asbestos in concrete. Not quite going to plan is it.
And she promised quote "There is no asbestos at Southwell Business Park". I have lived here all my life and know it is riddled, several other people also questioned it and got the same answer. I am absolutely disgusted at the plans for Southwell Business Park.
[quote][p][bold]Concerned of Portland[/bold] wrote: It may be coincidence but the Contractors have discovered so much asbestos in Maritime House that the cost of removing it is too high. They plan to remove the service trench covers down the corridors and bury the asbestos in concrete. Not quite going to plan is it.[/p][/quote]And she promised quote "There is no asbestos at Southwell Business Park". I have lived here all my life and know it is riddled, several other people also questioned it and got the same answer. I am absolutely disgusted at the plans for Southwell Business Park. strawberryblonde
  • Score: 15

9:20am Fri 5 Sep 14

Newground says...

Alison Appleyard... fixed (fake) smile... string of pearls... coiffured hairdo... business suit, business jargon, unjustified 'positivity'.

At face value everything looked the business.

But like a microcosm of much that is wrong with Britain today there was no depth, no reality. Just that wretched smile.
Alison Appleyard... fixed (fake) smile... string of pearls... coiffured hairdo... business suit, business jargon, unjustified 'positivity'. At face value everything looked the business. But like a microcosm of much that is wrong with Britain today there was no depth, no reality. Just that wretched smile. Newground
  • Score: 20

1:10pm Fri 5 Sep 14

IslandJim1 says...

No big banners celebrating achievement. Exam papers being sent back for re marking (again implying that proposed grades have not been achieved). No proper communication with parents. No completion date for Southwell only ever increasing costs and "unknown factors" relating to the asbestos ridden colander that is AUWE. Complaints from parents that children are spending more time surfing the web on their chrome books than working. Scathing remarks online from pupils that have just finished IPACA. And to top it all off a Headteacher (managing director is probably more apt) who as either left to avoid backlash before the poop its the fan OR who has been pushed out to act as a scape goat before the real story of underachievement and over stretched finances are finally revealed. Seems like the IPACA dream is about to implode!
No big banners celebrating achievement. Exam papers being sent back for re marking (again implying that proposed grades have not been achieved). No proper communication with parents. No completion date for Southwell only ever increasing costs and "unknown factors" relating to the asbestos ridden colander that is AUWE. Complaints from parents that children are spending more time surfing the web on their chrome books than working. Scathing remarks online from pupils that have just finished IPACA. And to top it all off a Headteacher (managing director is probably more apt) who as either left to avoid backlash before the poop its the fan OR who has been pushed out to act as a scape goat before the real story of underachievement and over stretched finances are finally revealed. Seems like the IPACA dream is about to implode! IslandJim1
  • Score: 15

8:16pm Fri 5 Sep 14

k8ty1971 says...

Hmmm lack of teachers I'm lead to believe, TAs teaching classes........
Hmmm lack of teachers I'm lead to believe, TAs teaching classes........ k8ty1971
  • Score: 2

8:05am Sat 6 Sep 14

PORTLAND ROVER says...

So where are the Supporters of IPACA Who are conspicuous by their absence? I would have thought this news Item would have many IPACA Supporters telling us 'how wrong we are' and that we are all 'narrow minded' and 'do not know what we are talking about'. It has all gone very quiet from you lot.... Have YOU ALSO Deserted the sinking ship?

You... like a lot of the pupils were dangled a carrot... Chrome books and fantasy of things to come at Southwell.. you all got fished-in by the Aldridge masterplan.

What do the parents who attended last year's 'Big Bang' drive to gain more pupils think?

I look forward to hearing your views on this thread.
So where are the Supporters of IPACA Who are conspicuous by their absence? I would have thought this news Item would have many IPACA Supporters telling us 'how wrong we are' and that we are all 'narrow minded' and 'do not know what we are talking about'. It has all gone very quiet from you lot.... Have YOU ALSO Deserted the sinking ship? You... like a lot of the pupils were dangled a carrot... Chrome books and fantasy of things to come at Southwell.. you all got fished-in by the Aldridge masterplan. What do the parents who attended last year's 'Big Bang' drive to gain more pupils think? I look forward to hearing your views on this thread. PORTLAND ROVER
  • Score: 11

8:13am Sat 6 Sep 14

PORTLAND ROVER says...

On the flip side of all this... Ipaca now has a real chance to reverse the this mess... There are good senior staff members who could take this school forward... ENGAGE with the parents... Be open and honest! Consult parents before you make decisions that affect them.

and more important... stop this catastrophic move to Southwell... I am sure many teachers and staff are against the idea and are afraid to go against the Aldridge master plan... I suggest some of those teaching staff that have left over the past two years have done so as they do not believe in the Aldridge way... It is a real shame, as those Teaching staff were the very people who could have taken the school forward.
On the flip side of all this... Ipaca now has a real chance to reverse the this mess... There are good senior staff members who could take this school forward... ENGAGE with the parents... Be open and honest! Consult parents before you make decisions that affect them. and more important... stop this catastrophic move to Southwell... I am sure many teachers and staff are against the idea and are afraid to go against the Aldridge master plan... I suggest some of those teaching staff that have left over the past two years have done so as they do not believe in the Aldridge way... It is a real shame, as those Teaching staff were the very people who could have taken the school forward. PORTLAND ROVER
  • Score: 8

11:48pm Fri 12 Sep 14

quarryman101 says...

Record results last year and something that the recent Ofsted inspection would have considered in their "good" judgement back in July. If results have dropped significantly this year, would Ofsted automatically return quickly?
IPACA has lost a number of excellent staff but not their Spin Doctor, who does seems rather quiet given the resignation of Mrs Appleyard.
It's all very odd.
Record results last year and something that the recent Ofsted inspection would have considered in their "good" judgement back in July. If results have dropped significantly this year, would Ofsted automatically return quickly? IPACA has lost a number of excellent staff but not their Spin Doctor, who does seems rather quiet given the resignation of Mrs Appleyard. It's all very odd. quarryman101
  • Score: 1

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