Culture changes promised at Richmond School after staff report widespread bullying and harassment

The Northern Echo: STAFF SURVEY: Richmond School STAFF SURVEY: Richmond School

A CRISIS-hit school has promised a culture change after 36 members of staff reported being bullied or harassed by someone in authority.

The results came from 114 replies to a questionnaire measuring stress at Richmond School.

They have now prompted board members and senior managers to pledge a new "collaborative, transparent and constructive" culture at the school.

The first of a series of talks have taken place with union representatives to discuss changes.

The results have also been sent to all staff.

The survey was commissioned earlier this year by headteacher Ian Robertson when the school became the first to pilot North Yorkshire County Council's revised stress audit.

Results showed that the majority of staff were clear about their duties and the aims of their departments, as well as believing they worked with supportive colleagues.

However, 90 staff felt they were not consulted on changes at the school, while 74 thought they had insufficient opportunities to question managers about changes.

As well as almost a third of respondents reporting bullying and harassment, 59 said they were experiencing excess strain.

The school has around 200 staff members.

A new interim executive board (IEB) was formed in March after the previous governing body resigned when it was issued with a warning notice from the county council.

Documents have since revealed that the former governors believed the headmaster was acting without authority - and resigned when the local authority failed to back their efforts to bring him in line.

Colonel Stephen Padgett, chair of the IEB, said the survey revealed causes for "justifiable optimism" as well as "justifiable concern".

He added: “They will be the subject of continued discussion between all stakeholders over coming days and weeks, so that working collaboratively and collectively, steps can be taken to make changes that will allay concerns and improve those areas where it is clear there is room to do so."

Col Padgett said Richmond School remained an excellent school however the aim was to instil a new collaborative, transparent and constructive culture.

He added: "Our actions in releasing the warning notice, releasing the information about the survey, in meeting with councillors, meeting with union and professional representatives, and holding discussions with staff, parents and pupils are all about seeking to re-establish trust and confidence so we can move forward constructively as a team for the benefit, in particular, of pupils and parents."

Officials say the school has been through a period of transformation recently with a major £32 million building project and an overhaul of teaching and learning.

Mr Robertson said the survey had been a very good idea to address stress concerns.

He added: “Now the IEB is in place we have been able to meet with unions and professional associations to discuss the results.

"We have had a very positive meeting. We are all committed to working together to address the issues arising from the survey and move forward."

Paul Busby, NUT North Yorkshire secretary, said assurance regarding the need for honesty, transparency and good communication was agreed at the meeting with school leaders.

“Particular areas of concern were identified from the stress audit data and we will be consulting with our members in an attempt to assist the IEB in their commitment to address these issues,” he added.

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1:16pm Wed 21 May 14

Richmond6 says...

How about the same survey for the children.
How about the same survey for the children. Richmond6
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1:37pm Wed 21 May 14

Bugstoto says...

The Head had no choice but to initiate this survey......it would have been done anyway amongst NUT members who form the majority of the teachers working at the school. This now proves beyond any doubt that the senior staff...and NOT just the head.....have conducted themselves appalingly over the last 3 years. If they were honourable people they would resign and allow new fully qualified senior staff to be appointed to clear up the mess they have made. The students were also treated appallingly and they, their parents and the staff who have not already left because of this bullying and autocratic culture deserve a fresh start with new senior managers. There is no way that after how the senior managers have behaved that they will be trusted again.
The Head had no choice but to initiate this survey......it would have been done anyway amongst NUT members who form the majority of the teachers working at the school. This now proves beyond any doubt that the senior staff...and NOT just the head.....have conducted themselves appalingly over the last 3 years. If they were honourable people they would resign and allow new fully qualified senior staff to be appointed to clear up the mess they have made. The students were also treated appallingly and they, their parents and the staff who have not already left because of this bullying and autocratic culture deserve a fresh start with new senior managers. There is no way that after how the senior managers have behaved that they will be trusted again. Bugstoto
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1:51pm Wed 21 May 14

Bugstoto says...

Also the LEA have known about this bullying management for at least 2 years that I am aware of. Resigning teachers who completed an exit survey (those who were allowed to) have commented on this and there has been a MASSIVE NUT case load of grievances against the senior management of the school. Those who have ignored this problem in the LEA and in the past and present governing bodies should hang their heads in shame. Lets not forget the "spending without authority" and "dodgy appointments" issues too - these ALL need investigating THOROUGHLY and the findings made public. Its time these people were taken to task.......
Also the LEA have known about this bullying management for at least 2 years that I am aware of. Resigning teachers who completed an exit survey (those who were allowed to) have commented on this and there has been a MASSIVE NUT case load of grievances against the senior management of the school. Those who have ignored this problem in the LEA and in the past and present governing bodies should hang their heads in shame. Lets not forget the "spending without authority" and "dodgy appointments" issues too - these ALL need investigating THOROUGHLY and the findings made public. Its time these people were taken to task....... Bugstoto
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2:49pm Wed 21 May 14

Howardscorton says...

It's good (for students parents and staff) of Richmond school that the truth is beginning to come out at last. More than 230 concerned people have petitioned for an independent investigation into a wide range of management problems, demanding an end to the cover up since governors resigned when the LEA warned them to stop interfering with the headteacher's empire building, bullying, intimidation, favouritism and nepotism.. The, now exposed, bullying of staff is just the tip of the iceberg. I am aware of a substantial number of reports of similar behaviour directed at students and parents too.One local councillor has been contacted by more than 400 (yes 400!) concerned people since February. If the IEB is serious in its wish to "instill a new collaborative transparent and constructive culture" then parents and students (including those who left because of how they were treated by the senior management team) should now be invited to submit accounts of their own experiences too.
It's good (for students parents and staff) of Richmond school that the truth is beginning to come out at last. More than 230 concerned people have petitioned for an independent investigation into a wide range of management problems, demanding an end to the cover up since governors resigned when the LEA warned them to stop interfering with the headteacher's empire building, bullying, intimidation, favouritism and nepotism.. The, now exposed, bullying of staff is just the tip of the iceberg. I am aware of a substantial number of reports of similar behaviour directed at students and parents too.One local councillor has been contacted by more than 400 (yes 400!) concerned people since February. If the IEB is serious in its wish to "instill a new collaborative transparent and constructive culture" then parents and students (including those who left because of how they were treated by the senior management team) should now be invited to submit accounts of their own experiences too. Howardscorton
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3:00pm Wed 21 May 14

Richmond6 says...

How about giving all students who have chosen to leave in the last 4 years an exit survey like the staff. Surely their opinion is even more valid or would that just be too painful to hear the voice of a child......
How about giving all students who have chosen to leave in the last 4 years an exit survey like the staff. Surely their opinion is even more valid or would that just be too painful to hear the voice of a child...... Richmond6
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3:30pm Wed 21 May 14

Bugstoto says...

Richmond6 wrote:
How about giving all students who have chosen to leave in the last 4 years an exit survey like the staff. Surely their opinion is even more valid or would that just be too painful to hear the voice of a child......
I also think staff who have left in the last 4 years should be asked. Moswt of them, myself included, were never given the chance to complete an exit interview - supposedly a "standard" procedure on leaving NYCC employment!! My own thoughts are that staff who left the school (and their experience totals literally hundreds of years) because of the way they and the students were being treated were not given the chance to do this on purpose because NYCC and the senior management of the school knew what their reasons for resigning were!! The Head and the rest of the senior management team should resign immediately...they should be thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed that a fine school has been brought in to crisis because of their poor leadership and self interest. The students, parents and staff of the school deserve better than having these idiots in charge!!
[quote][p][bold]Richmond6[/bold] wrote: How about giving all students who have chosen to leave in the last 4 years an exit survey like the staff. Surely their opinion is even more valid or would that just be too painful to hear the voice of a child......[/p][/quote]I also think staff who have left in the last 4 years should be asked. Moswt of them, myself included, were never given the chance to complete an exit interview - supposedly a "standard" procedure on leaving NYCC employment!! My own thoughts are that staff who left the school (and their experience totals literally hundreds of years) because of the way they and the students were being treated were not given the chance to do this on purpose because NYCC and the senior management of the school knew what their reasons for resigning were!! The Head and the rest of the senior management team should resign immediately...they should be thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed that a fine school has been brought in to crisis because of their poor leadership and self interest. The students, parents and staff of the school deserve better than having these idiots in charge!! Bugstoto
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6:10pm Wed 21 May 14

Richmond6 says...

Hear Hear Bugstoto
Hear Hear Bugstoto Richmond6
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6:21pm Wed 21 May 14

Traser says...

The headteacher has form for this sort of behaviour.
The headteacher has form for this sort of behaviour. Traser
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8:28pm Wed 21 May 14

Bugstoto says...

Looks like the Pro senior management of the school brigade are having their say too in terms of disliking comments....I am all for that.....but I notice there are NO supporting comments from them??? I wonder why??? A bit too close for comfort now?? People will not rest until ALL mismanagement has been uncovered...not just the "suspect financial dealings" but the appointments made and the way decisions were made without consultation. Leopards do not change their spots....especially those who think they have a god given right to treat people like dirt and hide behind positional power to protect them from any consequences. ALL senior management need to be investigated...there is more than one bad apple in that barrel.....
Looks like the Pro senior management of the school brigade are having their say too in terms of disliking comments....I am all for that.....but I notice there are NO supporting comments from them??? I wonder why??? A bit too close for comfort now?? People will not rest until ALL mismanagement has been uncovered...not just the "suspect financial dealings" but the appointments made and the way decisions were made without consultation. Leopards do not change their spots....especially those who think they have a god given right to treat people like dirt and hide behind positional power to protect them from any consequences. ALL senior management need to be investigated...there is more than one bad apple in that barrel..... Bugstoto
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1:11pm Thu 22 May 14

Bugstoto says...

Still LOTS of thumbs downs on the comments made above.... but still no comment supporting the senior management at the school?? Very strange that...still I really cannot see how ANY of their behaviour can be defended.....prefer a good, honest discussion myself...but then that takes good, honest people.........
Still LOTS of thumbs downs on the comments made above.... but still no comment supporting the senior management at the school?? Very strange that...still I really cannot see how ANY of their behaviour can be defended.....prefer a good, honest discussion myself...but then that takes good, honest people......... Bugstoto
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3:59pm Thu 22 May 14

Richmond49 says...

Perhaps the significant number of votes disliking the bitter and bullying comments made by a minority of people in these columns are a clear indication that a large number of local people do not agree with their twisted campaign, or that by this newspaper.

Their intent on making personal attacks and mud slinging at this excellent school and its team is damaging the future for our students, it is time to be applying the effort in a more positive direction.
Perhaps the significant number of votes disliking the bitter and bullying comments made by a minority of people in these columns are a clear indication that a large number of local people do not agree with their twisted campaign, or that by this newspaper. Their intent on making personal attacks and mud slinging at this excellent school and its team is damaging the future for our students, it is time to be applying the effort in a more positive direction. Richmond49
  • Score: 17

4:47pm Thu 22 May 14

spragger says...

No wonder the Governing Body resigned and were silenced by the Stalinist LEA
No wonder the Governing Body resigned and were silenced by the Stalinist LEA spragger
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5:09pm Thu 22 May 14

Traser says...

Richmond49,

I don't think it's the posters in the comments section who are the source of the bullying and harassment which affects the staff members at the school:

"As well as almost a third of respondents reporting bullying and harassment, 59 said they were experiencing excess strain."
Richmond49, I don't think it's the posters in the comments section who are the source of the bullying and harassment which affects the staff members at the school: "As well as almost a third of respondents reporting bullying and harassment, 59 said they were experiencing excess strain." Traser
  • Score: -11

7:27pm Thu 22 May 14

Bugstoto says...

Richmond49 wrote:
Perhaps the significant number of votes disliking the bitter and bullying comments made by a minority of people in these columns are a clear indication that a large number of local people do not agree with their twisted campaign, or that by this newspaper.

Their intent on making personal attacks and mud slinging at this excellent school and its team is damaging the future for our students, it is time to be applying the effort in a more positive direction.
The most damaging thing for your students is people like you trying to defend people who are obviously intimidating your colleagues, students and their parents. Its time people like you stood up to what has OBVIOUSLY been going on for years...possibly wayyyyyy before you were recruited by the sound of it. Just hope your recruitment was carried out properly. I am still helping and guiding a significant number of Richmond school students at their request, who feel ill prepared for their exams and completely let down by the very people who are supposed to make them their number one priority. Maintaining your ostrich principles keeping your head in the sand and ignoring and denying what is going on around you isn't the answer...or are you saying that those colleagues of yours who dared to tell the truth were lying. One day you may have the courage to stand up to bullies...after all isn't bullying supposed to be being eradicated in our schools?? Seems not at Richmond school.......in fact the senior management think it is good example to show the students and staff!! REAL change is coming...hopefully in time to save the school from special measures........A large number of "local" people dont have to work in an environment of bullying and intimidation and are "friends" of the senior managers in the school....they have NO idea what it is like to be managed by them...thank goodness!! Just hope you are not the one being bullied in the future Richmond49...if indeed you are a qualified teacher.........ther
e are those at the school teaching children who are not qualified but are relatives of senior staff. All of that will come out into the open too.....its just a matter of time....clear out ALL of the senior staff now would be my advice to the governing body....
[quote][p][bold]Richmond49[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the significant number of votes disliking the bitter and bullying comments made by a minority of people in these columns are a clear indication that a large number of local people do not agree with their twisted campaign, or that by this newspaper. Their intent on making personal attacks and mud slinging at this excellent school and its team is damaging the future for our students, it is time to be applying the effort in a more positive direction.[/p][/quote]The most damaging thing for your students is people like you trying to defend people who are obviously intimidating your colleagues, students and their parents. Its time people like you stood up to what has OBVIOUSLY been going on for years...possibly wayyyyyy before you were recruited by the sound of it. Just hope your recruitment was carried out properly. I am still helping and guiding a significant number of Richmond school students at their request, who feel ill prepared for their exams and completely let down by the very people who are supposed to make them their number one priority. Maintaining your ostrich principles keeping your head in the sand and ignoring and denying what is going on around you isn't the answer...or are you saying that those colleagues of yours who dared to tell the truth were lying. One day you may have the courage to stand up to bullies...after all isn't bullying supposed to be being eradicated in our schools?? Seems not at Richmond school.......in fact the senior management think it is good example to show the students and staff!! REAL change is coming...hopefully in time to save the school from special measures........A large number of "local" people dont have to work in an environment of bullying and intimidation and are "friends" of the senior managers in the school....they have NO idea what it is like to be managed by them...thank goodness!! Just hope you are not the one being bullied in the future Richmond49...if indeed you are a qualified teacher.........ther e are those at the school teaching children who are not qualified but are relatives of senior staff. All of that will come out into the open too.....its just a matter of time....clear out ALL of the senior staff now would be my advice to the governing body.... Bugstoto
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7:37pm Thu 22 May 14

Snonker says...

Interesting that the LEA spokesperson tried to explain stress by referring to the rebuild. That was completed in 2012. Talk about grasping at straws. What will it take for Pete Dwyer to admit that he was mistaken to back Ian Robertson? What will it take for NYCC Chief Exec to tell Dwyer to stop defending the indefensible? What will it take for Councillor Barker to get a grip on the situation?
Interesting that the LEA spokesperson tried to explain stress by referring to the rebuild. That was completed in 2012. Talk about grasping at straws. What will it take for Pete Dwyer to admit that he was mistaken to back Ian Robertson? What will it take for NYCC Chief Exec to tell Dwyer to stop defending the indefensible? What will it take for Councillor Barker to get a grip on the situation? Snonker
  • Score: -13

7:49pm Thu 22 May 14

Howardscorton says...

Isn't there something very incongruent in Ian Robertson saying " We are all committed to working together to address the issues arising from the survey and move forward" when those issues are a direct consequence of the culture of intimidation and favouritism that he has created and nurtured. The problem, Mr Robertson, begins with you.
Isn't there something very incongruent in Ian Robertson saying " We are all committed to working together to address the issues arising from the survey and move forward" when those issues are a direct consequence of the culture of intimidation and favouritism that he has created and nurtured. The problem, Mr Robertson, begins with you. Howardscorton
  • Score: -21

8:12pm Thu 22 May 14

Bugstoto says...

Howardscorton wrote:
Isn't there something very incongruent in Ian Robertson saying " We are all committed to working together to address the issues arising from the survey and move forward" when those issues are a direct consequence of the culture of intimidation and favouritism that he has created and nurtured. The problem, Mr Robertson, begins with you.
I agree that these problems begin with the Head...the Head after all has ultimate responsibility and as I am sure will be proven in the future, there will be many many more examples of nepotism and mismanagement exposed as the campaign for truth gathers pace and those in authority are forced to disclose what after all is public information, but there have been many other senior managers in the school who have sat back, said nothing and taken substantial salaries when they knew full well that what was happening and the way the school was being managed was wrong. In my opinion, they should also be made accountable and be publicly exposed as they have also failed the students, parents and staff of the school massively in choosing not to challenge what was happening and keeping quiet!! They are being and have been paid extremely well for a job they have not and are still not doing........Value for taxpayers money?? I think not Mr Hague!!!
[quote][p][bold]Howardscorton[/bold] wrote: Isn't there something very incongruent in Ian Robertson saying " We are all committed to working together to address the issues arising from the survey and move forward" when those issues are a direct consequence of the culture of intimidation and favouritism that he has created and nurtured. The problem, Mr Robertson, begins with you.[/p][/quote]I agree that these problems begin with the Head...the Head after all has ultimate responsibility and as I am sure will be proven in the future, there will be many many more examples of nepotism and mismanagement exposed as the campaign for truth gathers pace and those in authority are forced to disclose what after all is public information, but there have been many other senior managers in the school who have sat back, said nothing and taken substantial salaries when they knew full well that what was happening and the way the school was being managed was wrong. In my opinion, they should also be made accountable and be publicly exposed as they have also failed the students, parents and staff of the school massively in choosing not to challenge what was happening and keeping quiet!! They are being and have been paid extremely well for a job they have not and are still not doing........Value for taxpayers money?? I think not Mr Hague!!! Bugstoto
  • Score: -12

8:23pm Thu 22 May 14

gillod says...

It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments.

Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure.

Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on.

For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.
It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments. Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure. Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on. For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students. gillod
  • Score: 21

8:58pm Thu 22 May 14

Bugstoto says...

gillod wrote:
It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments.

Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure.

Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on.

For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.
I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th
ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....
[quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments. Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure. Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on. For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.[/p][/quote]I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school..... Bugstoto
  • Score: -12

10:51pm Thu 22 May 14

gillod says...

Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote:
It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments.

Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure.

Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on.

For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.
I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th

ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....
I would have thought it may have been more beneficial and professional to continue to assist the investigators than comment in such a public way, particularly if former staff are being contacted for their views and you have that opportunity.

I agree I'm not in a position to comment on your personal feelings, only those you make available to the public.

You appear to be an ex disgruntled member of staff whose reasons for leaving are very clear, please spare a thought to those former colleagues and students who may not share your views but are affected by them and for the current students who feel caught in the crossfire.

Your reputation is at stake here!
[quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments. Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure. Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on. For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.[/p][/quote]I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....[/p][/quote]I would have thought it may have been more beneficial and professional to continue to assist the investigators than comment in such a public way, particularly if former staff are being contacted for their views and you have that opportunity. I agree I'm not in a position to comment on your personal feelings, only those you make available to the public. You appear to be an ex disgruntled member of staff whose reasons for leaving are very clear, please spare a thought to those former colleagues and students who may not share your views but are affected by them and for the current students who feel caught in the crossfire. Your reputation is at stake here! gillod
  • Score: 25

11:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Bugstoto says...

gillod wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote:
It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments.

Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure.

Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on.

For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.
I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th


ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....
I would have thought it may have been more beneficial and professional to continue to assist the investigators than comment in such a public way, particularly if former staff are being contacted for their views and you have that opportunity.

I agree I'm not in a position to comment on your personal feelings, only those you make available to the public.

You appear to be an ex disgruntled member of staff whose reasons for leaving are very clear, please spare a thought to those former colleagues and students who may not share your views but are affected by them and for the current students who feel caught in the crossfire.

Your reputation is at stake here!
My reputation is safe and sound gillod..it is there with the hundreds and hundreds of students I worked with over the years at the school and whom I am still in contact with because they have chosen to do so......I can honestly say in all my years as a teacher and as a senior manager in blue chip companies I never once bullied any member of staff or student under my care.......a claim it seems which can no longer be made by senior managers at Richmond School. I spare thoughts very regularly for those students and staff who are having to endure such awful working and learning conditions.......man
y of them remain my friends and I support them in which ever way I can. One such way is speaking out against those who have abused the power they have been entrusted with .......and literally hundreds of current and ex students, parents and staff will be shortly doing the same. If you had read my previous comments you would have seen that I am still in contact with many students and staff at the school and support them in every way I can. Not ONE of those friends has asked me to stop commenting....seems they want the truth to come out too...and it will given time......
[quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments. Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure. Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on. For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.[/p][/quote]I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....[/p][/quote]I would have thought it may have been more beneficial and professional to continue to assist the investigators than comment in such a public way, particularly if former staff are being contacted for their views and you have that opportunity. I agree I'm not in a position to comment on your personal feelings, only those you make available to the public. You appear to be an ex disgruntled member of staff whose reasons for leaving are very clear, please spare a thought to those former colleagues and students who may not share your views but are affected by them and for the current students who feel caught in the crossfire. Your reputation is at stake here![/p][/quote]My reputation is safe and sound gillod..it is there with the hundreds and hundreds of students I worked with over the years at the school and whom I am still in contact with because they have chosen to do so......I can honestly say in all my years as a teacher and as a senior manager in blue chip companies I never once bullied any member of staff or student under my care.......a claim it seems which can no longer be made by senior managers at Richmond School. I spare thoughts very regularly for those students and staff who are having to endure such awful working and learning conditions.......man y of them remain my friends and I support them in which ever way I can. One such way is speaking out against those who have abused the power they have been entrusted with .......and literally hundreds of current and ex students, parents and staff will be shortly doing the same. If you had read my previous comments you would have seen that I am still in contact with many students and staff at the school and support them in every way I can. Not ONE of those friends has asked me to stop commenting....seems they want the truth to come out too...and it will given time...... Bugstoto
  • Score: -17

11:40pm Thu 22 May 14

gillod says...

Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote:
It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments.

Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure.

Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on.

For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.
I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th



ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....
I would have thought it may have been more beneficial and professional to continue to assist the investigators than comment in such a public way, particularly if former staff are being contacted for their views and you have that opportunity.

I agree I'm not in a position to comment on your personal feelings, only those you make available to the public.

You appear to be an ex disgruntled member of staff whose reasons for leaving are very clear, please spare a thought to those former colleagues and students who may not share your views but are affected by them and for the current students who feel caught in the crossfire.

Your reputation is at stake here!
My reputation is safe and sound gillod..it is there with the hundreds and hundreds of students I worked with over the years at the school and whom I am still in contact with because they have chosen to do so......I can honestly say in all my years as a teacher and as a senior manager in blue chip companies I never once bullied any member of staff or student under my care.......a claim it seems which can no longer be made by senior managers at Richmond School. I spare thoughts very regularly for those students and staff who are having to endure such awful working and learning conditions.......man

y of them remain my friends and I support them in which ever way I can. One such way is speaking out against those who have abused the power they have been entrusted with .......and literally hundreds of current and ex students, parents and staff will be shortly doing the same. If you had read my previous comments you would have seen that I am still in contact with many students and staff at the school and support them in every way I can. Not ONE of those friends has asked me to stop commenting....seems they want the truth to come out too...and it will given time......
I know you're still in contact with them but your user name here doesn't identify you, how can they ask you to stop, do they all know who you are?

We all want the truth and a thorough investigation, but those you left behind have endured it much longer than you were able to and want to get on with their jobs and let things take their course now things are in place and investigations are ongoing.

I guess what I'm saying is, like you I want the truth but I've a different approach.
[quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments. Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure. Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on. For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.[/p][/quote]I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....[/p][/quote]I would have thought it may have been more beneficial and professional to continue to assist the investigators than comment in such a public way, particularly if former staff are being contacted for their views and you have that opportunity. I agree I'm not in a position to comment on your personal feelings, only those you make available to the public. You appear to be an ex disgruntled member of staff whose reasons for leaving are very clear, please spare a thought to those former colleagues and students who may not share your views but are affected by them and for the current students who feel caught in the crossfire. Your reputation is at stake here![/p][/quote]My reputation is safe and sound gillod..it is there with the hundreds and hundreds of students I worked with over the years at the school and whom I am still in contact with because they have chosen to do so......I can honestly say in all my years as a teacher and as a senior manager in blue chip companies I never once bullied any member of staff or student under my care.......a claim it seems which can no longer be made by senior managers at Richmond School. I spare thoughts very regularly for those students and staff who are having to endure such awful working and learning conditions.......man y of them remain my friends and I support them in which ever way I can. One such way is speaking out against those who have abused the power they have been entrusted with .......and literally hundreds of current and ex students, parents and staff will be shortly doing the same. If you had read my previous comments you would have seen that I am still in contact with many students and staff at the school and support them in every way I can. Not ONE of those friends has asked me to stop commenting....seems they want the truth to come out too...and it will given time......[/p][/quote]I know you're still in contact with them but your user name here doesn't identify you, how can they ask you to stop, do they all know who you are? We all want the truth and a thorough investigation, but those you left behind have endured it much longer than you were able to and want to get on with their jobs and let things take their course now things are in place and investigations are ongoing. I guess what I'm saying is, like you I want the truth but I've a different approach. gillod
  • Score: 25

11:57pm Thu 22 May 14

359282 says...

I do not agree that conducting investigations in private is acceptable. People seem to forget that this school is funded by us, the taxpayers. It is OUR school, not the county council's or the headmaster's.

Only proper public scrutiny will suffice.
I do not agree that conducting investigations in private is acceptable. People seem to forget that this school is funded by us, the taxpayers. It is OUR school, not the county council's or the headmaster's. Only proper public scrutiny will suffice. 359282
  • Score: 3

12:46am Fri 23 May 14

Bugstoto says...

359282 wrote:
I do not agree that conducting investigations in private is acceptable. People seem to forget that this school is funded by us, the taxpayers. It is OUR school, not the county council's or the headmaster's.

Only proper public scrutiny will suffice.
I totally agree with you on this point 359282........althou
gh the senior managers have acted like its private school and that they are accountable to nobody, they indeed are accountable to the taxpayer and all other stakeholders in the school.
[quote][p][bold]359282[/bold] wrote: I do not agree that conducting investigations in private is acceptable. People seem to forget that this school is funded by us, the taxpayers. It is OUR school, not the county council's or the headmaster's. Only proper public scrutiny will suffice.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you on this point 359282........althou gh the senior managers have acted like its private school and that they are accountable to nobody, they indeed are accountable to the taxpayer and all other stakeholders in the school. Bugstoto
  • Score: -9

1:02am Fri 23 May 14

Bugstoto says...

gillod wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote:
It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments.

Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure.

Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on.

For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.
I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th




ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....
I would have thought it may have been more beneficial and professional to continue to assist the investigators than comment in such a public way, particularly if former staff are being contacted for their views and you have that opportunity.

I agree I'm not in a position to comment on your personal feelings, only those you make available to the public.

You appear to be an ex disgruntled member of staff whose reasons for leaving are very clear, please spare a thought to those former colleagues and students who may not share your views but are affected by them and for the current students who feel caught in the crossfire.

Your reputation is at stake here!
My reputation is safe and sound gillod..it is there with the hundreds and hundreds of students I worked with over the years at the school and whom I am still in contact with because they have chosen to do so......I can honestly say in all my years as a teacher and as a senior manager in blue chip companies I never once bullied any member of staff or student under my care.......a claim it seems which can no longer be made by senior managers at Richmond School. I spare thoughts very regularly for those students and staff who are having to endure such awful working and learning conditions.......man


y of them remain my friends and I support them in which ever way I can. One such way is speaking out against those who have abused the power they have been entrusted with .......and literally hundreds of current and ex students, parents and staff will be shortly doing the same. If you had read my previous comments you would have seen that I am still in contact with many students and staff at the school and support them in every way I can. Not ONE of those friends has asked me to stop commenting....seems they want the truth to come out too...and it will given time......
I know you're still in contact with them but your user name here doesn't identify you, how can they ask you to stop, do they all know who you are?

We all want the truth and a thorough investigation, but those you left behind have endured it much longer than you were able to and want to get on with their jobs and let things take their course now things are in place and investigations are ongoing.

I guess what I'm saying is, like you I want the truth but I've a different approach.
Yes they do know who I am gillod......and they also all know that unless these issues are kept in the public eye then there is likely to be another hush campaign by an ineffectual LEA who are even now trying to defend that which simply cannot be defended. You have your way.....I have myne.....thank god we are not all the same!!!! And once again - how do you know what I endured??? Some staff have chosen not to stand up to the bullying and autocracy for fear of their jobs and some, sadly, for self interest. Some have endured MUCH more than I did....some much less......I was fortunate enough to be in a position where I could vote with my feet.....but that puts me in a great position to speak out where others either dare not or cannot.......and i will continue to use freedom of speech to do so until such times as the full story is exposed. Keep checking in with my FB page as you say you know who I am......it seems we are in fact united in a common goal............
[quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments. Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure. Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on. For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.[/p][/quote]I thought that this was a vehicle to air personal opinion??? And you see my comments as "personal attacks?? Well that is your opinion....in my opinion any personal attacks and comments directed at individuals were made to them directly and my personal account of mismanagement are being shared with those making investigations....th ey seem to think that those staff who resigned over the way students and staff were being treated might just have something worth contributing to the investigations. Bitter about my departure?? You obviously have no idea of what went on and is apparently still going on at the school...otherwise you would know that relief was the overwhelming feeling for the majority of departing staff, personally mixed with sadness at what was happening to the school under the current "management" team. I taught at the school for many years, under 3 different heads and strangely enough I cannot remember any of the others causing this kind of crisis. I really would not think you know enough about the situation to comment on either my personal feelings or what has happened at the school. I agree that those in a position of trust should now investigate..as the students, parents and the majority have staff at the school have been let down massively by those in a position of trust at the school.....[/p][/quote]I would have thought it may have been more beneficial and professional to continue to assist the investigators than comment in such a public way, particularly if former staff are being contacted for their views and you have that opportunity. I agree I'm not in a position to comment on your personal feelings, only those you make available to the public. You appear to be an ex disgruntled member of staff whose reasons for leaving are very clear, please spare a thought to those former colleagues and students who may not share your views but are affected by them and for the current students who feel caught in the crossfire. Your reputation is at stake here![/p][/quote]My reputation is safe and sound gillod..it is there with the hundreds and hundreds of students I worked with over the years at the school and whom I am still in contact with because they have chosen to do so......I can honestly say in all my years as a teacher and as a senior manager in blue chip companies I never once bullied any member of staff or student under my care.......a claim it seems which can no longer be made by senior managers at Richmond School. I spare thoughts very regularly for those students and staff who are having to endure such awful working and learning conditions.......man y of them remain my friends and I support them in which ever way I can. One such way is speaking out against those who have abused the power they have been entrusted with .......and literally hundreds of current and ex students, parents and staff will be shortly doing the same. If you had read my previous comments you would have seen that I am still in contact with many students and staff at the school and support them in every way I can. Not ONE of those friends has asked me to stop commenting....seems they want the truth to come out too...and it will given time......[/p][/quote]I know you're still in contact with them but your user name here doesn't identify you, how can they ask you to stop, do they all know who you are? We all want the truth and a thorough investigation, but those you left behind have endured it much longer than you were able to and want to get on with their jobs and let things take their course now things are in place and investigations are ongoing. I guess what I'm saying is, like you I want the truth but I've a different approach.[/p][/quote]Yes they do know who I am gillod......and they also all know that unless these issues are kept in the public eye then there is likely to be another hush campaign by an ineffectual LEA who are even now trying to defend that which simply cannot be defended. You have your way.....I have myne.....thank god we are not all the same!!!! And once again - how do you know what I endured??? Some staff have chosen not to stand up to the bullying and autocracy for fear of their jobs and some, sadly, for self interest. Some have endured MUCH more than I did....some much less......I was fortunate enough to be in a position where I could vote with my feet.....but that puts me in a great position to speak out where others either dare not or cannot.......and i will continue to use freedom of speech to do so until such times as the full story is exposed. Keep checking in with my FB page as you say you know who I am......it seems we are in fact united in a common goal............ Bugstoto
  • Score: -13

7:39am Fri 23 May 14

gillod says...

They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here?

You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested".

I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout.

Thanks for your responses, over and out.
They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out. gillod
  • Score: 21

7:47am Fri 23 May 14

Traser says...

Gilod - when you urge people to shut up and 'assist the investigation' - don't you mean 'shut up and assist the NY Council cover-up and help sweep the issues under the carpet?'
Gilod - when you urge people to shut up and 'assist the investigation' - don't you mean 'shut up and assist the NY Council cover-up and help sweep the issues under the carpet?' Traser
  • Score: -3

8:14am Fri 23 May 14

Bugstoto says...

gillod wrote:
They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here?

You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested".

I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout.

Thanks for your responses, over and out.
My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation.......
.obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........
[quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.[/p][/quote]My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........ Bugstoto
  • Score: -14

9:53am Fri 23 May 14

studio says...

Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.
My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........
Bugstoto

Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say.

Personally i dont believe everything you say.

I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation.

The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something.

I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it.

There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.
[quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.[/p][/quote]My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........[/p][/quote]Bugstoto Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say. Personally i dont believe everything you say. I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation. The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something. I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it. There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT. studio
  • Score: 27

11:13am Fri 23 May 14

Bugstoto says...

studio wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.
My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........
Bugstoto

Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say.

Personally i dont believe everything you say.

I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation.

The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something.

I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it.

There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.
I have no reason to fabricate anything studio.....thankfull
y I no longer have to work for the totally inadequate and unprofessional management team at the school. It is worth noting that "senior students" as you call them in the 6th form are now even recruited the way the head wants them to be rather than democratically as was the case before the new regime.....something that the student council members at the school rebelled against at the time the process was changed. "Hand picked" head students were the result......another way of controlling what went on in the school and another thing that will hopefully be brought to public attention officially and subsequently altered. Why do you find it strange that I keep in touch with ex students may I ask?? A teacher/student relationship where there is mutual respect lasts a lifetime.....or have you never had that experience??? Very sad if you haven't....I still keep in touch with some of my own ex teachers even now...as there is nothing to say that you cannot make friendships as long as there are boundaries maintained whilst the friendship is first and foremost a professional one. I like to think that I have an outgoing and friendly personality...I am told I have.... and I am extremely fortunate that ex students feel that they still want to communicate with me and let me know how their lives are progressing. Only 2 days ago I got a friend request on FB with a thank you for a reference I wrote in 2002. That person made a career out of a job which I was privileged to be able to help them get. If you think that is wrong then I would find that a little strange too. I am sooooooooo happy to hear that there are some happy students and staff at the school.......but shouldn't ALL students and staff be happy...or at least a much larger percentage than there currently are??? Unfortunately I have been contacted by many who are not happy...past and present....and who will not be happy until there are massive personnel changes. I am not bitter about anything...just extremely annoyed that those responsible have brought a great school to this point. Things need sorting...and quickly.....cultures do not change overnight...and I very much doubt that the students, parents and staff will trust and believe those who promise change...........
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.[/p][/quote]My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........[/p][/quote]Bugstoto Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say. Personally i dont believe everything you say. I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation. The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something. I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it. There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.[/p][/quote]I have no reason to fabricate anything studio.....thankfull y I no longer have to work for the totally inadequate and unprofessional management team at the school. It is worth noting that "senior students" as you call them in the 6th form are now even recruited the way the head wants them to be rather than democratically as was the case before the new regime.....something that the student council members at the school rebelled against at the time the process was changed. "Hand picked" head students were the result......another way of controlling what went on in the school and another thing that will hopefully be brought to public attention officially and subsequently altered. Why do you find it strange that I keep in touch with ex students may I ask?? A teacher/student relationship where there is mutual respect lasts a lifetime.....or have you never had that experience??? Very sad if you haven't....I still keep in touch with some of my own ex teachers even now...as there is nothing to say that you cannot make friendships as long as there are boundaries maintained whilst the friendship is first and foremost a professional one. I like to think that I have an outgoing and friendly personality...I am told I have.... and I am extremely fortunate that ex students feel that they still want to communicate with me and let me know how their lives are progressing. Only 2 days ago I got a friend request on FB with a thank you for a reference I wrote in 2002. That person made a career out of a job which I was privileged to be able to help them get. If you think that is wrong then I would find that a little strange too. I am sooooooooo happy to hear that there are some happy students and staff at the school.......but shouldn't ALL students and staff be happy...or at least a much larger percentage than there currently are??? Unfortunately I have been contacted by many who are not happy...past and present....and who will not be happy until there are massive personnel changes. I am not bitter about anything...just extremely annoyed that those responsible have brought a great school to this point. Things need sorting...and quickly.....cultures do not change overnight...and I very much doubt that the students, parents and staff will trust and believe those who promise change........... Bugstoto
  • Score: -18

11:13am Fri 23 May 14

Bugstoto says...

studio wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.
My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........
Bugstoto

Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say.

Personally i dont believe everything you say.

I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation.

The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something.

I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it.

There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.
I have no reason to fabricate anything studio.....thankfull
y I no longer have to work for the totally inadequate and unprofessional management team at the school. It is worth noting that "senior students" as you call them in the 6th form are now even recruited the way the head wants them to be rather than democratically as was the case before the new regime.....something that the student council members at the school rebelled against at the time the process was changed. "Hand picked" head students were the result......another way of controlling what went on in the school and another thing that will hopefully be brought to public attention officially and subsequently altered. Why do you find it strange that I keep in touch with ex students may I ask?? A teacher/student relationship where there is mutual respect lasts a lifetime.....or have you never had that experience??? Very sad if you haven't....I still keep in touch with some of my own ex teachers even now...as there is nothing to say that you cannot make friendships as long as there are boundaries maintained whilst the friendship is first and foremost a professional one. I like to think that I have an outgoing and friendly personality...I am told I have.... and I am extremely fortunate that ex students feel that they still want to communicate with me and let me know how their lives are progressing. Only 2 days ago I got a friend request on FB with a thank you for a reference I wrote in 2002. That person made a career out of a job which I was privileged to be able to help them get. If you think that is wrong then I would find that a little strange too. I am sooooooooo happy to hear that there are some happy students and staff at the school.......but shouldn't ALL students and staff be happy...or at least a much larger percentage than there currently are??? Unfortunately I have been contacted by many who are not happy...past and present....and who will not be happy until there are massive personnel changes. I am not bitter about anything...just extremely annoyed that those responsible have brought a great school to this point. Things need sorting...and quickly.....cultures do not change overnight...and I very much doubt that the students, parents and staff will trust and believe those who promise change...........
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.[/p][/quote]My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........[/p][/quote]Bugstoto Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say. Personally i dont believe everything you say. I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation. The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something. I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it. There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.[/p][/quote]I have no reason to fabricate anything studio.....thankfull y I no longer have to work for the totally inadequate and unprofessional management team at the school. It is worth noting that "senior students" as you call them in the 6th form are now even recruited the way the head wants them to be rather than democratically as was the case before the new regime.....something that the student council members at the school rebelled against at the time the process was changed. "Hand picked" head students were the result......another way of controlling what went on in the school and another thing that will hopefully be brought to public attention officially and subsequently altered. Why do you find it strange that I keep in touch with ex students may I ask?? A teacher/student relationship where there is mutual respect lasts a lifetime.....or have you never had that experience??? Very sad if you haven't....I still keep in touch with some of my own ex teachers even now...as there is nothing to say that you cannot make friendships as long as there are boundaries maintained whilst the friendship is first and foremost a professional one. I like to think that I have an outgoing and friendly personality...I am told I have.... and I am extremely fortunate that ex students feel that they still want to communicate with me and let me know how their lives are progressing. Only 2 days ago I got a friend request on FB with a thank you for a reference I wrote in 2002. That person made a career out of a job which I was privileged to be able to help them get. If you think that is wrong then I would find that a little strange too. I am sooooooooo happy to hear that there are some happy students and staff at the school.......but shouldn't ALL students and staff be happy...or at least a much larger percentage than there currently are??? Unfortunately I have been contacted by many who are not happy...past and present....and who will not be happy until there are massive personnel changes. I am not bitter about anything...just extremely annoyed that those responsible have brought a great school to this point. Things need sorting...and quickly.....cultures do not change overnight...and I very much doubt that the students, parents and staff will trust and believe those who promise change........... Bugstoto
  • Score: -16

11:33am Fri 23 May 14

studio says...

Bugstoto wrote:
studio wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.
My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........
Bugstoto Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say. Personally i dont believe everything you say. I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation. The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something. I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it. There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.
I have no reason to fabricate anything studio.....thankfull y I no longer have to work for the totally inadequate and unprofessional management team at the school. It is worth noting that "senior students" as you call them in the 6th form are now even recruited the way the head wants them to be rather than democratically as was the case before the new regime.....something that the student council members at the school rebelled against at the time the process was changed. "Hand picked" head students were the result......another way of controlling what went on in the school and another thing that will hopefully be brought to public attention officially and subsequently altered. Why do you find it strange that I keep in touch with ex students may I ask?? A teacher/student relationship where there is mutual respect lasts a lifetime.....or have you never had that experience??? Very sad if you haven't....I still keep in touch with some of my own ex teachers even now...as there is nothing to say that you cannot make friendships as long as there are boundaries maintained whilst the friendship is first and foremost a professional one. I like to think that I have an outgoing and friendly personality...I am told I have.... and I am extremely fortunate that ex students feel that they still want to communicate with me and let me know how their lives are progressing. Only 2 days ago I got a friend request on FB with a thank you for a reference I wrote in 2002. That person made a career out of a job which I was privileged to be able to help them get. If you think that is wrong then I would find that a little strange too. I am sooooooooo happy to hear that there are some happy students and staff at the school.......but shouldn't ALL students and staff be happy...or at least a much larger percentage than there currently are??? Unfortunately I have been contacted by many who are not happy...past and present....and who will not be happy until there are massive personnel changes. I am not bitter about anything...just extremely annoyed that those responsible have brought a great school to this point. Things need sorting...and quickly.....cultures do not change overnight...and I very much doubt that the students, parents and staff will trust and believe those who promise change...........
Few quick points.

In the whole of my schooling / Career, i have never known a classroom / School / office where ALL students / colleagues are truly happy. Infact im not sure this exists anywhere.

Also, Richmond school has always had its problems, just this case is far more in the public eye.

P.S. I never implied you fabricated anything? And yes, i do find it a little odd that you keep in touch with so many of your ex students? I had a great relationship with many of my teachers when at school, I`d speak to them if i saw them in the street. But i wouldnt keep in touch via facebook or other ways. My own opinion, maybe not everyones.
[quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.[/p][/quote]My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........[/p][/quote]Bugstoto Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say. Personally i dont believe everything you say. I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation. The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something. I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it. There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.[/p][/quote]I have no reason to fabricate anything studio.....thankfull y I no longer have to work for the totally inadequate and unprofessional management team at the school. It is worth noting that "senior students" as you call them in the 6th form are now even recruited the way the head wants them to be rather than democratically as was the case before the new regime.....something that the student council members at the school rebelled against at the time the process was changed. "Hand picked" head students were the result......another way of controlling what went on in the school and another thing that will hopefully be brought to public attention officially and subsequently altered. Why do you find it strange that I keep in touch with ex students may I ask?? A teacher/student relationship where there is mutual respect lasts a lifetime.....or have you never had that experience??? Very sad if you haven't....I still keep in touch with some of my own ex teachers even now...as there is nothing to say that you cannot make friendships as long as there are boundaries maintained whilst the friendship is first and foremost a professional one. I like to think that I have an outgoing and friendly personality...I am told I have.... and I am extremely fortunate that ex students feel that they still want to communicate with me and let me know how their lives are progressing. Only 2 days ago I got a friend request on FB with a thank you for a reference I wrote in 2002. That person made a career out of a job which I was privileged to be able to help them get. If you think that is wrong then I would find that a little strange too. I am sooooooooo happy to hear that there are some happy students and staff at the school.......but shouldn't ALL students and staff be happy...or at least a much larger percentage than there currently are??? Unfortunately I have been contacted by many who are not happy...past and present....and who will not be happy until there are massive personnel changes. I am not bitter about anything...just extremely annoyed that those responsible have brought a great school to this point. Things need sorting...and quickly.....cultures do not change overnight...and I very much doubt that the students, parents and staff will trust and believe those who promise change...........[/p][/quote]Few quick points. In the whole of my schooling / Career, i have never known a classroom / School / office where ALL students / colleagues are truly happy. Infact im not sure this exists anywhere. Also, Richmond school has always had its problems, just this case is far more in the public eye. P.S. I never implied you fabricated anything? And yes, i do find it a little odd that you keep in touch with so many of your ex students? I had a great relationship with many of my teachers when at school, I`d speak to them if i saw them in the street. But i wouldnt keep in touch via facebook or other ways. My own opinion, maybe not everyones. studio
  • Score: 21

12:36pm Fri 23 May 14

Bugstoto says...

studio wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
studio wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.
My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........
Bugstoto Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say. Personally i dont believe everything you say. I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation. The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something. I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it. There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.
I have no reason to fabricate anything studio.....thankfull y I no longer have to work for the totally inadequate and unprofessional management team at the school. It is worth noting that "senior students" as you call them in the 6th form are now even recruited the way the head wants them to be rather than democratically as was the case before the new regime.....something that the student council members at the school rebelled against at the time the process was changed. "Hand picked" head students were the result......another way of controlling what went on in the school and another thing that will hopefully be brought to public attention officially and subsequently altered. Why do you find it strange that I keep in touch with ex students may I ask?? A teacher/student relationship where there is mutual respect lasts a lifetime.....or have you never had that experience??? Very sad if you haven't....I still keep in touch with some of my own ex teachers even now...as there is nothing to say that you cannot make friendships as long as there are boundaries maintained whilst the friendship is first and foremost a professional one. I like to think that I have an outgoing and friendly personality...I am told I have.... and I am extremely fortunate that ex students feel that they still want to communicate with me and let me know how their lives are progressing. Only 2 days ago I got a friend request on FB with a thank you for a reference I wrote in 2002. That person made a career out of a job which I was privileged to be able to help them get. If you think that is wrong then I would find that a little strange too. I am sooooooooo happy to hear that there are some happy students and staff at the school.......but shouldn't ALL students and staff be happy...or at least a much larger percentage than there currently are??? Unfortunately I have been contacted by many who are not happy...past and present....and who will not be happy until there are massive personnel changes. I am not bitter about anything...just extremely annoyed that those responsible have brought a great school to this point. Things need sorting...and quickly.....cultures do not change overnight...and I very much doubt that the students, parents and staff will trust and believe those who promise change...........
Few quick points.

In the whole of my schooling / Career, i have never known a classroom / School / office where ALL students / colleagues are truly happy. Infact im not sure this exists anywhere.

Also, Richmond school has always had its problems, just this case is far more in the public eye.

P.S. I never implied you fabricated anything? And yes, i do find it a little odd that you keep in touch with so many of your ex students? I had a great relationship with many of my teachers when at school, I`d speak to them if i saw them in the street. But i wouldnt keep in touch via facebook or other ways. My own opinion, maybe not everyones.
You said "personally I dont believe everything you say" which implies that you dont believe everything I say if I am quoting you correctly??? I agree that everyone perfectly happy doesn't happen in any organisation but surely you must think that the amount of examples of mismanagement coming out now into the public domain is cause for concern and action?? I didn't use FB whilst in employment at the school..unlike some of the senior management who organise social events with their friends...sometimes even during the working day... when at the same time warning staff not to use it.....the ex students who are now friends on FB have made contact since I left the school. And I hope that many more do make contact in the future and let me know how they are doing. Your views on keeping in touch with your teachers are your own and if that works for you great!! I came into contact with some extraordinary people whilst teaching at the school and hopefully I will be able to count them as my friends for many many years to come - that's my opinion which I am also entitled to have as i am sure you will agree. I kept my professional boundaries at all times and managed to complete many many years of employment at the school without a single disciplinary incident to my name...........will be interesting to see how things are handled and what the results are!!!
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.[/p][/quote]My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........[/p][/quote]Bugstoto Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say. Personally i dont believe everything you say. I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation. The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something. I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it. There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.[/p][/quote]I have no reason to fabricate anything studio.....thankfull y I no longer have to work for the totally inadequate and unprofessional management team at the school. It is worth noting that "senior students" as you call them in the 6th form are now even recruited the way the head wants them to be rather than democratically as was the case before the new regime.....something that the student council members at the school rebelled against at the time the process was changed. "Hand picked" head students were the result......another way of controlling what went on in the school and another thing that will hopefully be brought to public attention officially and subsequently altered. Why do you find it strange that I keep in touch with ex students may I ask?? A teacher/student relationship where there is mutual respect lasts a lifetime.....or have you never had that experience??? Very sad if you haven't....I still keep in touch with some of my own ex teachers even now...as there is nothing to say that you cannot make friendships as long as there are boundaries maintained whilst the friendship is first and foremost a professional one. I like to think that I have an outgoing and friendly personality...I am told I have.... and I am extremely fortunate that ex students feel that they still want to communicate with me and let me know how their lives are progressing. Only 2 days ago I got a friend request on FB with a thank you for a reference I wrote in 2002. That person made a career out of a job which I was privileged to be able to help them get. If you think that is wrong then I would find that a little strange too. I am sooooooooo happy to hear that there are some happy students and staff at the school.......but shouldn't ALL students and staff be happy...or at least a much larger percentage than there currently are??? Unfortunately I have been contacted by many who are not happy...past and present....and who will not be happy until there are massive personnel changes. I am not bitter about anything...just extremely annoyed that those responsible have brought a great school to this point. Things need sorting...and quickly.....cultures do not change overnight...and I very much doubt that the students, parents and staff will trust and believe those who promise change...........[/p][/quote]Few quick points. In the whole of my schooling / Career, i have never known a classroom / School / office where ALL students / colleagues are truly happy. Infact im not sure this exists anywhere. Also, Richmond school has always had its problems, just this case is far more in the public eye. P.S. I never implied you fabricated anything? And yes, i do find it a little odd that you keep in touch with so many of your ex students? I had a great relationship with many of my teachers when at school, I`d speak to them if i saw them in the street. But i wouldnt keep in touch via facebook or other ways. My own opinion, maybe not everyones.[/p][/quote]You said "personally I dont believe everything you say" which implies that you dont believe everything I say if I am quoting you correctly??? I agree that everyone perfectly happy doesn't happen in any organisation but surely you must think that the amount of examples of mismanagement coming out now into the public domain is cause for concern and action?? I didn't use FB whilst in employment at the school..unlike some of the senior management who organise social events with their friends...sometimes even during the working day... when at the same time warning staff not to use it.....the ex students who are now friends on FB have made contact since I left the school. And I hope that many more do make contact in the future and let me know how they are doing. Your views on keeping in touch with your teachers are your own and if that works for you great!! I came into contact with some extraordinary people whilst teaching at the school and hopefully I will be able to count them as my friends for many many years to come - that's my opinion which I am also entitled to have as i am sure you will agree. I kept my professional boundaries at all times and managed to complete many many years of employment at the school without a single disciplinary incident to my name...........will be interesting to see how things are handled and what the results are!!! Bugstoto
  • Score: -13

2:14pm Fri 23 May 14

studio says...

Agreed ( amazingly! ) the results will be interesting and i do hope its handled professionally and above board.

I did not mean to imply that you fabricated things, for that i apologise, i meant that i dont agree with some of the things you say. Perhaps believe was the wrong word for me to use.

Taught at the school for years? Maybe you taught me! :)
Agreed ( amazingly! ) the results will be interesting and i do hope its handled professionally and above board. I did not mean to imply that you fabricated things, for that i apologise, i meant that i dont agree with some of the things you say. Perhaps believe was the wrong word for me to use. Taught at the school for years? Maybe you taught me! :) studio
  • Score: 28

4:02pm Fri 23 May 14

Bugstoto says...

studio wrote:
Agreed ( amazingly! ) the results will be interesting and i do hope its handled professionally and above board.

I did not mean to imply that you fabricated things, for that i apologise, i meant that i dont agree with some of the things you say. Perhaps believe was the wrong word for me to use.

Taught at the school for years? Maybe you taught me! :)
Maybe I have you as a friend on FB??? Ha ha ha !!!
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: Agreed ( amazingly! ) the results will be interesting and i do hope its handled professionally and above board. I did not mean to imply that you fabricated things, for that i apologise, i meant that i dont agree with some of the things you say. Perhaps believe was the wrong word for me to use. Taught at the school for years? Maybe you taught me! :)[/p][/quote]Maybe I have you as a friend on FB??? Ha ha ha !!! Bugstoto
  • Score: -2

11:09am Sat 24 May 14

Bugstoto says...

Richmond49 wrote:
Perhaps the significant number of votes disliking the bitter and bullying comments made by a minority of people in these columns are a clear indication that a large number of local people do not agree with their twisted campaign, or that by this newspaper.

Their intent on making personal attacks and mud slinging at this excellent school and its team is damaging the future for our students, it is time to be applying the effort in a more positive direction.
Amazing you would say that people having the freedom to speak out and say what they feel is bullying when a significant amount of your colleagues, students and even parents are reporting being bullied by the senior management in your school??? Loving the debate on here as it is keeping the issue in the public eye....just what is needed to force those who have the power to change things to act!! Great stuff!!
[quote][p][bold]Richmond49[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the significant number of votes disliking the bitter and bullying comments made by a minority of people in these columns are a clear indication that a large number of local people do not agree with their twisted campaign, or that by this newspaper. Their intent on making personal attacks and mud slinging at this excellent school and its team is damaging the future for our students, it is time to be applying the effort in a more positive direction.[/p][/quote]Amazing you would say that people having the freedom to speak out and say what they feel is bullying when a significant amount of your colleagues, students and even parents are reporting being bullied by the senior management in your school??? Loving the debate on here as it is keeping the issue in the public eye....just what is needed to force those who have the power to change things to act!! Great stuff!! Bugstoto
  • Score: -14

12:02pm Sat 24 May 14

studio says...

Bugstoto wrote:
studio wrote:
Agreed ( amazingly! ) the results will be interesting and i do hope its handled professionally and above board.

I did not mean to imply that you fabricated things, for that i apologise, i meant that i dont agree with some of the things you say. Perhaps believe was the wrong word for me to use.

Taught at the school for years? Maybe you taught me! :)
Maybe I have you as a friend on FB??? Ha ha ha !!!
No ex teachers on my facebook, I`d possibly say hello in the street though!

Depending on which teacher you are!
[quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: Agreed ( amazingly! ) the results will be interesting and i do hope its handled professionally and above board. I did not mean to imply that you fabricated things, for that i apologise, i meant that i dont agree with some of the things you say. Perhaps believe was the wrong word for me to use. Taught at the school for years? Maybe you taught me! :)[/p][/quote]Maybe I have you as a friend on FB??? Ha ha ha !!![/p][/quote]No ex teachers on my facebook, I`d possibly say hello in the street though! Depending on which teacher you are! studio
  • Score: 19

2:15pm Sun 25 May 14

Bugstoto says...

Amazing to see that whilst Richmond School is in crisis, the majority of people reading these articles choose not to believe a staff survey in which people actually working in the school have been given the chance to say what is really going on. Whatever your viewpoint, this is the tip of the iceberg and the LEA will be forced by public opinion and pressure to conduct further investigations into how the school is being managed. This can surely only be a good thing after both the survey and the disclosure of expenditure and recruitment discrepancies - I would imagine those who believe there is "nothing wrong" would want that to be proven too - even if they do doubt the evidence which has already been presented to them. I really cannot believe this is how the majority of people in Richmond want their main school to be managed. Hopefully the massive amount of people asking for council intervention as they have no confidence in any other party is more reflective of public opinion than the responses to these comments and articles......I certainly hope so for the sake of the students, staff and parents of the school. If not, then clearly people are happy to place future of the school in the hands of people with highly questionable morals, principles and motives......will be fascinating to see what happens next......and I am expecting outstanding results this year................
Amazing to see that whilst Richmond School is in crisis, the majority of people reading these articles choose not to believe a staff survey in which people actually working in the school have been given the chance to say what is really going on. Whatever your viewpoint, this is the tip of the iceberg and the LEA will be forced by public opinion and pressure to conduct further investigations into how the school is being managed. This can surely only be a good thing after both the survey and the disclosure of expenditure and recruitment discrepancies - I would imagine those who believe there is "nothing wrong" would want that to be proven too - even if they do doubt the evidence which has already been presented to them. I really cannot believe this is how the majority of people in Richmond want their main school to be managed. Hopefully the massive amount of people asking for council intervention as they have no confidence in any other party is more reflective of public opinion than the responses to these comments and articles......I certainly hope so for the sake of the students, staff and parents of the school. If not, then clearly people are happy to place future of the school in the hands of people with highly questionable morals, principles and motives......will be fascinating to see what happens next......and I am expecting outstanding results this year................ Bugstoto
  • Score: -12

7:57pm Sun 25 May 14

NCN2014 says...

Seriously this school has been riddled with faults and mistakes!! Ever since Ian Robertson took over "leadership" which is more like a Dictatorship, I feel sorry for the students who have to suffer through this and I am so glad that I finally escaped that hell hole and people who are saying this is a slander etc, I know so many former pupil who agree that it Is a dictatorship
Seriously this school has been riddled with faults and mistakes!! Ever since Ian Robertson took over "leadership" which is more like a Dictatorship, I feel sorry for the students who have to suffer through this and I am so glad that I finally escaped that hell hole and people who are saying this is a slander etc, I know so many former pupil who agree that it Is a dictatorship NCN2014
  • Score: -15

8:55pm Mon 26 May 14

spragger says...

' LEA will be forced by public opinion'
If you believe that you are dafter than you look ..

The LEA's stalinist techniques always win out
Why do you think so many people are keen to have a Free School?
' LEA will be forced by public opinion' If you believe that you are dafter than you look .. The LEA's stalinist techniques always win out Why do you think so many people are keen to have a Free School? spragger
  • Score: -11

8:44am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bugstoto says...

Now new information coming out of students trying to tell the truth to IEB board members and the press and receiving threats from senior management. Culture change?? It hasn't started yet then!!! I just hope the students, their parents and this newspaper have the courage to print the truth and name and shame ALL senior managers who are intimidating staff, students and parents. How the people of Richmondshire can just stand by and watch this happen is quite simply beyond belief. Surely some kind of mass protest is called for?? If 400 plus people have sought council intervention then surely it is time for those people to do something more........
Now new information coming out of students trying to tell the truth to IEB board members and the press and receiving threats from senior management. Culture change?? It hasn't started yet then!!! I just hope the students, their parents and this newspaper have the courage to print the truth and name and shame ALL senior managers who are intimidating staff, students and parents. How the people of Richmondshire can just stand by and watch this happen is quite simply beyond belief. Surely some kind of mass protest is called for?? If 400 plus people have sought council intervention then surely it is time for those people to do something more........ Bugstoto
  • Score: -8

7:42pm Tue 3 Jun 14

NCN2014 says...

gillod wrote:
It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments.

Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure.

Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on.

For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.
good school please dont make me laugh, good school my ...
[quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that most of the comments are personal attacks on staff, this is not the place to air grievances. Anyone can see your comments and your facebook pages which appear to have similar comments. Apart from anything else from an observers point of view it appears that you are bitter about your departure. Richmond School is a good school and continues to be so. Let those in a position of trust do their investigations, publish their findings, take action and move on. For the many good staff who remain this is an unsettling time, not to mention the effect on the students.[/p][/quote]good school please dont make me laugh, good school my ... NCN2014
  • Score: -12

7:44pm Tue 3 Jun 14

NCN2014 says...

studio wrote:
Bugstoto wrote:
gillod wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.
My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........
Bugstoto

Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say.

Personally i dont believe everything you say.

I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation.

The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something.

I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it.

There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.
yet there are lots of unhappy students there who get forgotten about!
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillod[/bold] wrote: They don't all know who bugstoto is! You are wrong with that assumption. If you feel so strongly why hide behind an alias here? You seem to think everyone at RS has suffered the same or similar experience as you, they have not. Some people continue to enjoy working there as they don't share your opinion, that doesn't make them "self interested". I'll sign off now, but look forward to your use of capitals to get your next point across. I'm not a bully I don't feel the need to text shout. Thanks for your responses, over and out.[/p][/quote]My user name on here was created a long time before I left the school gillod, I am certainly not hiding behind anything - as i have said I have expressed my opinions freely on here and on my FB page, as well as to those investigating what has and still is going on at the school. Clearly a VERY (using capitals to accentuate my point - hope that is ok with you??) large number of those remaining staff have experienced bullying and intimidation by senior management, but that is obviously the tip of the iceberg as the school has had a massive staff turnover in the last 3 years. many of those staff helped the school achieve its best ever results and they were rewarded with bullying and intimidation for their trouble and effort. I am informed that many who took the survey did not say what they truly felt for fear of repercussion. It is very true that some staff have not experienced what a large percentage have experienced - mainly those who were employed by the new management in their "scorched earth" policy. I am keen to see details of those appointments (all of them) made public knowledge and also to see the paperwork trail which should accompany all appointments made. The whole problem from day one is that taking a good school to outstanding requires very different skills from taking a failing school to good. When improving a failing school those in authority tend to turn a blind eye to procedures and processes so that quick progress can be made......in the case of RS that has been attempted again and quite simply people will not stand for it. Looking forward to the results of the investigation....... .obviously there is overwhelming evidence being uncovered that the senior management at the school are failing I just hope the school as a whole does not do the same. The pursuit of outstanding is a fantastic goal to have.......but not at any cost........[/p][/quote]Bugstoto Clearly you feel very strongly about this, i dont blame you if you believe everything you say. Personally i dont believe everything you say. I too have friends that work at the school, i also know a few senior students. I dont claim to know and keep in touch with hundreds ( I find it a little strange that you keep in touch with so many ex students ) but what i do know is the people i talk to do not feel as strongly about the situation. The points you make so strongly, and the fact you`re an ex employee make me feel you may be a little bitter about something. I`m not saying i dont agree with you, just merely that I find it odd that you feel so strongly about it. There are many happy students and staff at Richmond school. FACT.[/p][/quote]yet there are lots of unhappy students there who get forgotten about! NCN2014
  • Score: -11

11:28am Wed 4 Jun 14

Richmond6 says...

Bugstoto wrote:
Now new information coming out of students trying to tell the truth to IEB board members and the press and receiving threats from senior management. Culture change?? It hasn't started yet then!!! I just hope the students, their parents and this newspaper have the courage to print the truth and name and shame ALL senior managers who are intimidating staff, students and parents. How the people of Richmondshire can just stand by and watch this happen is quite simply beyond belief. Surely some kind of mass protest is called for?? If 400 plus people have sought council intervention then surely it is time for those people to do something more........
Hear Hear Bugstoto

what senior management forget is that every year hundreds of children are leaving this dreadful institution and so are free of their clutches and free to speak. It is in fact SM who are trapped and lets face it who is going to give a senior management member from Richmond school a future job after all this bad publicity.

Ha Ha Mr Robertson and chums WHAT GOES ROUND COMES ROUND xxxxxxx
[quote][p][bold]Bugstoto[/bold] wrote: Now new information coming out of students trying to tell the truth to IEB board members and the press and receiving threats from senior management. Culture change?? It hasn't started yet then!!! I just hope the students, their parents and this newspaper have the courage to print the truth and name and shame ALL senior managers who are intimidating staff, students and parents. How the people of Richmondshire can just stand by and watch this happen is quite simply beyond belief. Surely some kind of mass protest is called for?? If 400 plus people have sought council intervention then surely it is time for those people to do something more........[/p][/quote]Hear Hear Bugstoto what senior management forget is that every year hundreds of children are leaving this dreadful institution and so are free of their clutches and free to speak. It is in fact SM who are trapped and lets face it who is going to give a senior management member from Richmond school a future job after all this bad publicity. Ha Ha Mr Robertson and chums WHAT GOES ROUND COMES ROUND xxxxxxx Richmond6
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