Mystery surrounds en masse resignations of North Yorkshire school governors

GOVERNOR RESIGNATIONS: All governors at Richmond School have resigned

GOVERNOR RESIGNATIONS: All governors at Richmond School have resigned

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Chief Reporter

OFFICIALS are refusing to reveal what has prompted an entire secondary school governing body to resign.

Governors from Richmond School and Sixth Form College, in Richmond, North Yorkshire, have also declined to explain the reasons for their resignations.

It is understood all 15 governors resigned last week.

It is believed they took the decision on Thursday following a meeting with officials from the education department at North Yorkshire County Council.

Anne Skeoch, chair of the governors, told The Northern Echo that they had no desire to go into the details of the decision.

However, she added: “I can confirm the governing body has resigned en masse.

“I'm sure you recognise this is a very unusual situation - a very rare event - and, in the interests of students and staff at the school, details of the circumstances are being sent to Ofsted and the Department of Education.”

The council also refused to reveal the background to the decision or why officers had met with the governors.

A spokesman said: “Richmond School is a good school with a growing core of outstanding teaching.

“The local authority is working to secure effective governance of the school, and continues to work with the school’s senior leadership team to ensure that these very high standards are sustained.”

One parent, who asked not to be named, said: “I don’t know what’s gone on but they need to sort it out quickly.

“Something must have gone seriously awry for all the governors to leave.”

Nobody at the school was available to comment on Monday.

Following the last visit by Ofsted in February last year, the school was adjudged to be a good standard.

The report stated: “Members of the governing body provide strong challenge in holding the school to account.

“Governors use the high quality information provided by the school to make sure they know the strengths of the school and the areas which need further development.

“They have secure systems to ensure appropriate health and safety checks are done regularly and effectively.”

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8:43am Tue 18 Feb 14

Nomatterwhat says...

Same thing happened at Eastbourne a few years back.
Same thing happened at Eastbourne a few years back. Nomatterwhat
  • Score: 0

11:48am Tue 18 Feb 14

greenfinger says...

someone must know whats gone on, do spill the beans?
someone must know whats gone on, do spill the beans? greenfinger
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

spragger says...

Do not the parents of the kids at this school deserve to know?
Do not the parents of the kids at this school deserve to know? spragger
  • Score: 18

1:27pm Tue 18 Feb 14

presstog says...

Support the NUJ strikers on strike today who are fighting to keep local jobs on local papers.
Support the NUJ strikers on strike today who are fighting to keep local jobs on local papers. presstog
  • Score: -19

4:06pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mortimer897 says...

Of course the parents have a right to know why the governors have resigned: for both them and the council to refuse to reveal what has happened stinks of a conspiracy. The more someone wants to cover something up, the more I want it to be made public. The governors are accountable to the school staff and to the parents, and responses such as " desire to go into the details of the decision" are simply not acceptable. I hope someone manages to find out the background and blows the whistle. I wonder how they will find people who are willing to replace the existing governors - who would want to govern a school when the previous governors resigned for reasons that they are not prepared to reveal.
Of course the parents have a right to know why the governors have resigned: for both them and the council to refuse to reveal what has happened stinks of a conspiracy. The more someone wants to cover something up, the more I want it to be made public. The governors are accountable to the school staff and to the parents, and responses such as "[we have] desire to go into the details of the decision" are simply not acceptable. I hope someone manages to find out the background and blows the whistle. I wonder how they will find people who are willing to replace the existing governors - who would want to govern a school when the previous governors resigned for reasons that they are not prepared to reveal. mortimer897
  • Score: 26

4:19pm Tue 18 Feb 14

greenfinger says...

Would a freedom of information request work in trying to find out whats gone on, seen as the school is publicly run?
Would a freedom of information request work in trying to find out whats gone on, seen as the school is publicly run? greenfinger
  • Score: 11

5:07pm Tue 18 Feb 14

sunnyrichmond says...

I thought being a governor was all about transparency??

This is very unsettling for parents and think the Governors should comment and are letting the pupils down by their silence. Hardly promotes the behavior they would expect from the pupils. Rumours are already flying around Facebook. Truth please.
I thought being a governor was all about transparency?? This is very unsettling for parents and think the Governors should comment and are letting the pupils down by their silence. Hardly promotes the behavior they would expect from the pupils. Rumours are already flying around Facebook. Truth please. sunnyrichmond
  • Score: 13

5:24pm Tue 18 Feb 14

stanwick says...

It has to be made clear to the public the reasons for their 'en masse' resignation.

The (ex) governors includes Local Authority appointed governors and I assume they have resigned too.

I would have thought that the LEA at County Hall would be able to explain what is happening and why.

There has to be a serious reason for this action and in my opinion a Local Authority or school statement should be released to explain the situation.
It has to be made clear to the public the reasons for their 'en masse' resignation. The (ex) governors includes Local Authority appointed governors and I assume they have resigned too. I would have thought that the LEA at County Hall would be able to explain what is happening and why. There has to be a serious reason for this action and in my opinion a Local Authority or school statement should be released to explain the situation. stanwick
  • Score: 14

11:10pm Tue 18 Feb 14

spragger says...

'LEA at County Hall' You may as well whistle in the dark. When did they ever have the interests of the parents & pupils at heart.
- No more than the hapless NUT
'LEA at County Hall' You may as well whistle in the dark. When did they ever have the interests of the parents & pupils at heart. - No more than the hapless NUT spragger
  • Score: 2

1:13am Wed 19 Feb 14

Darkroom Devil says...

Privacy is certainly a historical notion these days. Everyone feels its their god given right to know everything about everyone else. All thanks to being brainwashed by media outlets pedalling their wares.
Privacy is certainly a historical notion these days. Everyone feels its their god given right to know everything about everyone else. All thanks to being brainwashed by media outlets pedalling their wares. Darkroom Devil
  • Score: 4

4:20pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Motherof3boys says...

Bloody school is more interested in what it looks like to the outside world the kids call the head teacher the fashion police they only take an interest in amazing students or bad ones the teachers have forgotten what being a child is and spend their days shouting at students and god forbid that the kids run around and have a laugh shorten the breaks so the kids don't have time to run off a bit of steam and then at end of day have ten minutes to wait for buses common sense is nil
Bloody school is more interested in what it looks like to the outside world the kids call the head teacher the fashion police they only take an interest in amazing students or bad ones the teachers have forgotten what being a child is and spend their days shouting at students and god forbid that the kids run around and have a laugh shorten the breaks so the kids don't have time to run off a bit of steam and then at end of day have ten minutes to wait for buses common sense is nil Motherof3boys
  • Score: -14

4:31pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Motherof3boys says...

The kids get shouted at all the time the head teacher is know as the fashion policeman by students their breaks have been shortened so less time for students to run off a little steam or even eat then they have to wait 10 minutes for a bus at the end of the day all they ever do is moan about the not perfect star students and put them in isolation seems to me and many other parents of kids at this school that the head teacher thinks tv is more important Waterloo road in particular one of my sons went all through his school life at Richmond then when he went for a job he was told he was badly dyslexic fortunately he got the job this school has become a disgrace
The kids get shouted at all the time the head teacher is know as the fashion policeman by students their breaks have been shortened so less time for students to run off a little steam or even eat then they have to wait 10 minutes for a bus at the end of the day all they ever do is moan about the not perfect star students and put them in isolation seems to me and many other parents of kids at this school that the head teacher thinks tv is more important Waterloo road in particular one of my sons went all through his school life at Richmond then when he went for a job he was told he was badly dyslexic fortunately he got the job this school has become a disgrace Motherof3boys
  • Score: -19

10:28pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Murraymj says...

All governors quit ? - not one in disagreement - not one who wants to stand firm and battle on through for the common good of the school and it's students - I don't believe this one bit - Sounds a bit lame - If the school's ambitions for its students and their life chances have moved beyond the limited aspirations of some of its' Governors to maintain a mediocre status quo, then this is great outcome for the town. I just hope the best ones stay with the school and are allowed their own voice - I hope the rest resign from all their jobs and hopefully non-influential public positions. Perhaps they should reflect on the difficult positions of the many governors who support schools and neighbourhoods in incredibly difficult and challenging situations that need people with resilience and a moral imperative for the young people and parents they represent. These people really contribute through thick and thin. Those not prepared to do the same could join the parent teacher associations of these schools and use their wealth and influence to benefit more deserving people than themselves and their dinner guests.
All governors quit ? - not one in disagreement - not one who wants to stand firm and battle on through for the common good of the school and it's students - I don't believe this one bit - Sounds a bit lame - If the school's ambitions for its students and their life chances have moved beyond the limited aspirations of some of its' Governors to maintain a mediocre status quo, then this is great outcome for the town. I just hope the best ones stay with the school and are allowed their own voice - I hope the rest resign from all their jobs and hopefully non-influential public positions. Perhaps they should reflect on the difficult positions of the many governors who support schools and neighbourhoods in incredibly difficult and challenging situations that need people with resilience and a moral imperative for the young people and parents they represent. These people really contribute through thick and thin. Those not prepared to do the same could join the parent teacher associations of these schools and use their wealth and influence to benefit more deserving people than themselves and their dinner guests. Murraymj
  • Score: -7

7:25am Thu 20 Feb 14

Traser says...

Easy for some posters like the one above to criticise school governors.

Some pretentious executive headteachers have it easy: coasting around the north east bullying their way into classrooms and bullying out older staff because they won't kow-tow.

Teach First for the win, eh? Because they'll work every hour god sends (yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir) until they burn out after two years.
Easy for some posters like the one above to criticise school governors. Some pretentious executive headteachers have it easy: coasting around the north east bullying their way into classrooms and bullying out older staff because they won't kow-tow. Teach First for the win, eh? Because they'll work every hour god sends (yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir) until they burn out after two years. Traser
  • Score: 13

8:38am Thu 20 Feb 14

studio says...

I dont know what has gone on here, Im not sure many do. But what i do know is that Richmond school has a very high standard of teachers. ( I cant comment on the head ) I dont think it is very fair for alot of the comments above to be tearing apart the class of the teaching, this is something i feel quite strongly about. They dont have an easy job and also dont particularly have much influence on what goes on with the governors or heads decisions.

Whilst i do feel that parents should have the reasons / answers, Give the teachers a break!
I dont know what has gone on here, Im not sure many do. But what i do know is that Richmond school has a very high standard of teachers. ( I cant comment on the head ) I dont think it is very fair for alot of the comments above to be tearing apart the class of the teaching, this is something i feel quite strongly about. They dont have an easy job and also dont particularly have much influence on what goes on with the governors or heads decisions. Whilst i do feel that parents should have the reasons / answers, Give the teachers a break! studio
  • Score: 23

6:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

worriede says...

We need to know the reason for the walkout of governors. There has been a slow exodus of good teachers from this school since the new head arrived teachers we needed. There seems to be a click with friends and family getting jobs without following the correct systems We now have a German teacher in charge of PE why?. Parents need to submit a freedom of information request via North Yorkshire Council and they have to respond to this.It is alleged that pupils attending class under the influence of drugs are allowed to remain in school. With so many concerns why has it taken this long to be aired in public has there been a cover up.
We need to know the reason for the walkout of governors. There has been a slow exodus of good teachers from this school since the new head arrived teachers we needed. There seems to be a click with friends and family getting jobs without following the correct systems We now have a German teacher in charge of PE why?. Parents need to submit a freedom of information request via North Yorkshire Council and they have to respond to this.It is alleged that pupils attending class under the influence of drugs are allowed to remain in school. With so many concerns why has it taken this long to be aired in public has there been a cover up. worriede
  • Score: 8

8:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

stanwick says...

I see that the school has issued a letter to parents and carers on their website in respect of the resignation of the governors.

Quite honestly I don't think it explains anything.

It appears to merely repeat the content of The Northern Echo and doesn't divulge the reasons for their decision to quit.
I see that the school has issued a letter to parents and carers on their website in respect of the resignation of the governors. Quite honestly I don't think it explains anything. It appears to merely repeat the content of The Northern Echo and doesn't divulge the reasons for their decision to quit. stanwick
  • Score: 2

12:15pm Fri 21 Feb 14

stanwick says...

There is a much more informative article on the Darlington & Stockton Times website today ........'management dispute leads to resignation of Richmond School governors'.

At least it's a bit of an explanation.

Makes you wonder if the Ofsted report was accurate or the lea criticism.
There is a much more informative article on the Darlington & Stockton Times website today ........'management dispute leads to resignation of Richmond School governors'. At least it's a bit of an explanation. Makes you wonder if the Ofsted report was accurate or the lea criticism. stanwick
  • Score: 1

4:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jamesrobb635 says...

No comment,,,
No comment,,, Jamesrobb635
  • Score: -9

2:37am Sat 22 Feb 14

NCN2014 says...

stanwick wrote:
I see that the school has issued a letter to parents and carers on their website in respect of the resignation of the governors.

Quite honestly I don't think it explains anything.

It appears to merely repeat the content of The Northern Echo and doesn't divulge the reasons for their decision to quit.
your quite right... its just utter ****, everything Ian Robertson says is utter ****
[quote][p][bold]stanwick[/bold] wrote: I see that the school has issued a letter to parents and carers on their website in respect of the resignation of the governors. Quite honestly I don't think it explains anything. It appears to merely repeat the content of The Northern Echo and doesn't divulge the reasons for their decision to quit.[/p][/quote]your quite right... its just utter ****, everything Ian Robertson says is utter **** NCN2014
  • Score: -2

2:39am Sat 22 Feb 14

NCN2014 says...

worriede wrote:
We need to know the reason for the walkout of governors. There has been a slow exodus of good teachers from this school since the new head arrived teachers we needed. There seems to be a click with friends and family getting jobs without following the correct systems We now have a German teacher in charge of PE why?. Parents need to submit a freedom of information request via North Yorkshire Council and they have to respond to this.It is alleged that pupils attending class under the influence of drugs are allowed to remain in school. With so many concerns why has it taken this long to be aired in public has there been a cover up.
it is true that students are being allowed to attend class under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, but they keep it all hushed up as the senior management team and the headteacher dont want to ruin their own reputations... all they do is look after number one; themselves!
[quote][p][bold]worriede[/bold] wrote: We need to know the reason for the walkout of governors. There has been a slow exodus of good teachers from this school since the new head arrived teachers we needed. There seems to be a click with friends and family getting jobs without following the correct systems We now have a German teacher in charge of PE why?. Parents need to submit a freedom of information request via North Yorkshire Council and they have to respond to this.It is alleged that pupils attending class under the influence of drugs are allowed to remain in school. With so many concerns why has it taken this long to be aired in public has there been a cover up.[/p][/quote]it is true that students are being allowed to attend class under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, but they keep it all hushed up as the senior management team and the headteacher dont want to ruin their own reputations... all they do is look after number one; themselves! NCN2014
  • Score: -1

5:26pm Sat 22 Feb 14

privatewriter says...

It is very interesting that NOT ONE person has anything positive to say about the Head teacher of this school. Thank you to the Governors for having the interests of the children at heart and the moral fibre to stand up to what appears to be professional bullying.Some teachers and students have left the school because instead of admitting there is a problem and dealing with it, the management have made life so unpleasant for them that they choose to leave, and do so leaving the school to continue to pretend that their punitive regime is effective.
It is very interesting that NOT ONE person has anything positive to say about the Head teacher of this school. Thank you to the Governors for having the interests of the children at heart and the moral fibre to stand up to what appears to be professional bullying.Some teachers and students have left the school because instead of admitting there is a problem and dealing with it, the management have made life so unpleasant for them that they choose to leave, and do so leaving the school to continue to pretend that their punitive regime is effective. privatewriter
  • Score: 4

6:23am Sun 23 Feb 14

NCN2014 says...

privatewriter wrote:
It is very interesting that NOT ONE person has anything positive to say about the Head teacher of this school. Thank you to the Governors for having the interests of the children at heart and the moral fibre to stand up to what appears to be professional bullying.Some teachers and students have left the school because instead of admitting there is a problem and dealing with it, the management have made life so unpleasant for them that they choose to leave, and do so leaving the school to continue to pretend that their punitive regime is effective.
Ian Robertson has not done one thing right since he took over and I'm surprised it took this long for them to do something about it , he has single handedly RUINED that school along with the senior management team hi are just down right bullies who don't give a crap about the students as it's all about figures, targets and league tables , what that school needs is to be rid of the dictator which had made the school into a prison camp I for one am glad I'm finally away from that hell hole , they need a complete over haul of senior management to people who care about the students and help all of them instead of the A/A* students.
[quote][p][bold]privatewriter[/bold] wrote: It is very interesting that NOT ONE person has anything positive to say about the Head teacher of this school. Thank you to the Governors for having the interests of the children at heart and the moral fibre to stand up to what appears to be professional bullying.Some teachers and students have left the school because instead of admitting there is a problem and dealing with it, the management have made life so unpleasant for them that they choose to leave, and do so leaving the school to continue to pretend that their punitive regime is effective.[/p][/quote]Ian Robertson has not done one thing right since he took over and I'm surprised it took this long for them to do something about it , he has single handedly RUINED that school along with the senior management team hi are just down right bullies who don't give a crap about the students as it's all about figures, targets and league tables , what that school needs is to be rid of the dictator which had made the school into a prison camp I for one am glad I'm finally away from that hell hole , they need a complete over haul of senior management to people who care about the students and help all of them instead of the A/A* students. NCN2014
  • Score: 4

10:26am Tue 25 Feb 14

Richmond6 says...

Richmond school is an institution which is a halfway house between school and prison. Why else would there be wall to wall police cars up the Darlington road each morning on the way to school?

This is not the norm and to me it just speaks volumes......
Richmond school is an institution which is a halfway house between school and prison. Why else would there be wall to wall police cars up the Darlington road each morning on the way to school? This is not the norm and to me it just speaks volumes...... Richmond6
  • Score: -7

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