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Blackburn school now an academy

Lancashire Telegraph: It’s now Witton Park Academy It’s now Witton Park Academy

A BLACKBURN high school has announced its conversion to an academy.

Witton Park High School has been officially granted permiss-ion to break free from Black-burn with Darwen Council con- trol, and become a publicly fund- ed independent school.

Initially plans were for the school to be sponsored by the Tauheedul Trust, which saw extensive consultations take place over a number of months.

However, the school has been approved as a stand-alone acad-emy, something only permitted with ‘Good’, or ‘Outstanding’, schools.

Headteacher Dean Logan said the school was thrilled at the dec- ision.

He said: “We are delighted to confirm our academy status.

“We feel that Witton Park Acad- emy offers a great standard of education for all pupils across the borough. With GCSE grade A to C maths and English res-ults set to be above 80per cent this summer, the academy’s first set of results will be impr-essive.”

Academies have more freed-om than other state schools over their finances, the curr-iculum, and teachers’ pay and conditions. They are funded directly by central government, instead of receiving their funds via a local authority.

Last year the plan was for the school to come under the umb-rella of the Tauheedul Trust as its flagship academy.

Parents were told it would ben- efit from a national network of support and development opp-ortunities, along with improving educational standards.

However, earlier this month, Hamid Patel, chief executive of Tauheedul Education, said the Buncer Lane school was ‘well capable’ of becoming a stand-alone academy.

Announcing the change of Witton Park to an academy on Ofsted’s website, Michael Clad-ingbowl, the inspectorate’s dir-ector of schools, said former inspection results no longer apply as the academy is a new legal entity.

He said: “However, three years after the predecessor school was last inspected, it will be subject to Ofsted’s formal risk-assessment process, which may lead to an inspection.”

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1:43pm Thu 8 May 14

caballo says...

Mission accomplished!!
Mission accomplished!! caballo
  • Score: 5

1:59pm Thu 8 May 14

shytalk says...

So now instead of it being a school it has become a madrassa.
So now instead of it being a school it has become a madrassa. shytalk
  • Score: -8

2:15pm Thu 8 May 14

Excluded again says...

Seems English comprehension was not Shytalk's strong point at school.

As the report makes perfectly clear, the original proposal was for Witton Park to join the Tauheedul Academy chain - albeit staying as a community school.

But in the end, because of its Good OFSTED rating, Witton Park has become a stand alone Academy. It is, as it always has been, a community school not a faith school.
Seems English comprehension was not Shytalk's strong point at school. As the report makes perfectly clear, the original proposal was for Witton Park to join the Tauheedul Academy chain - albeit staying as a community school. But in the end, because of its Good OFSTED rating, Witton Park has become a stand alone Academy. It is, as it always has been, a community school not a faith school. Excluded again
  • Score: 19

3:46pm Thu 8 May 14

wilddog says...

Excluded again wrote:
Seems English comprehension was not Shytalk's strong point at school.

As the report makes perfectly clear, the original proposal was for Witton Park to join the Tauheedul Academy chain - albeit staying as a community school.

But in the end, because of its Good OFSTED rating, Witton Park has become a stand alone Academy. It is, as it always has been, a community school not a faith school.
time will tell then eh?
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Seems English comprehension was not Shytalk's strong point at school. As the report makes perfectly clear, the original proposal was for Witton Park to join the Tauheedul Academy chain - albeit staying as a community school. But in the end, because of its Good OFSTED rating, Witton Park has become a stand alone Academy. It is, as it always has been, a community school not a faith school.[/p][/quote]time will tell then eh? wilddog
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Thu 8 May 14

shytalk says...

Excluded again wrote:
Seems English comprehension was not Shytalk's strong point at school.

As the report makes perfectly clear, the original proposal was for Witton Park to join the Tauheedul Academy chain - albeit staying as a community school.

But in the end, because of its Good OFSTED rating, Witton Park has become a stand alone Academy. It is, as it always has been, a community school not a faith school.
Tauheedul Trust was never a part of English comprehension when i was at school. Am all for faith schools whatever the faith, Jewish , muslim, whatever.
I would just like to have a choice though as to where my kids go.to school
That choice seems to be diminishing every day.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Seems English comprehension was not Shytalk's strong point at school. As the report makes perfectly clear, the original proposal was for Witton Park to join the Tauheedul Academy chain - albeit staying as a community school. But in the end, because of its Good OFSTED rating, Witton Park has become a stand alone Academy. It is, as it always has been, a community school not a faith school.[/p][/quote]Tauheedul Trust was never a part of English comprehension when i was at school. Am all for faith schools whatever the faith, Jewish , muslim, whatever. I would just like to have a choice though as to where my kids go.to school That choice seems to be diminishing every day. shytalk
  • Score: -1

9:22pm Thu 8 May 14

shirtbox says...

Religion should not be taught in schools.
Religion should not be taught in schools. shirtbox
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Thu 8 May 14

Mother says...

shirtbox wrote:
Religion should not be taught in schools.
I thought this was a Christian country. You can't call yourself that if you don't practice your faith.
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: Religion should not be taught in schools.[/p][/quote]I thought this was a Christian country. You can't call yourself that if you don't practice your faith. Mother
  • Score: -3

7:25am Fri 9 May 14

wilddog says...

Mother wrote:
shirtbox wrote:
Religion should not be taught in schools.
I thought this was a Christian country. You can't call yourself that if you don't practice your faith.
I would pull my kids outta school if they taught the koran and anything to do with it!I did it with my eldest when they told me she would be visiting a mosque and would be expected to b fully covered up. I asked the school when they would be visiting a church and my answer was,they will not be as it may offend. This answer was revealed to all the parents and most refused for their kids to visit the mosque. Now before all you people condemn my actions and call me racist,answer this.......why as a community as we expected to mix when it only works when it suits religion? Answer? It cant!
[quote][p][bold]Mother[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: Religion should not be taught in schools.[/p][/quote]I thought this was a Christian country. You can't call yourself that if you don't practice your faith.[/p][/quote]I would pull my kids outta school if they taught the koran and anything to do with it!I did it with my eldest when they told me she would be visiting a mosque and would be expected to b fully covered up. I asked the school when they would be visiting a church and my answer was,they will not be as it may offend. This answer was revealed to all the parents and most refused for their kids to visit the mosque. Now before all you people condemn my actions and call me racist,answer this.......why as a community as we expected to mix when it only works when it suits religion? Answer? It cant! wilddog
  • Score: 7

7:27am Fri 9 May 14

wilddog says...

wilddog wrote:
Mother wrote:
shirtbox wrote:
Religion should not be taught in schools.
I thought this was a Christian country. You can't call yourself that if you don't practice your faith.
I would pull my kids outta school if they taught the koran and anything to do with it!I did it with my eldest when they told me she would be visiting a mosque and would be expected to b fully covered up. I asked the school when they would be visiting a church and my answer was,they will not be as it may offend. This answer was revealed to all the parents and most refused for their kids to visit the mosque. Now before all you people condemn my actions and call me racist,answer this.......why as a community as we expected to mix when it only works when it suits religion? Answer? It cant!
by the way, my faith is catholic along with my childs so i expect them to be taught my religion and not others as part of the schools curriculum.
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mother[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: Religion should not be taught in schools.[/p][/quote]I thought this was a Christian country. You can't call yourself that if you don't practice your faith.[/p][/quote]I would pull my kids outta school if they taught the koran and anything to do with it!I did it with my eldest when they told me she would be visiting a mosque and would be expected to b fully covered up. I asked the school when they would be visiting a church and my answer was,they will not be as it may offend. This answer was revealed to all the parents and most refused for their kids to visit the mosque. Now before all you people condemn my actions and call me racist,answer this.......why as a community as we expected to mix when it only works when it suits religion? Answer? It cant![/p][/quote]by the way, my faith is catholic along with my childs so i expect them to be taught my religion and not others as part of the schools curriculum. wilddog
  • Score: 1

8:10am Fri 9 May 14

Excluded again says...

shirtbox wrote:
Religion should not be taught in schools.
Pupils should be taught about as many religions as possible at school (and about having no religion). When they are old enough they can then make up their own mind which religion to follow, if any.

Children should not be taught about just one religion at school. The purpose of schools is to educate not indoctrinate.
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: Religion should not be taught in schools.[/p][/quote]Pupils should be taught about as many religions as possible at school (and about having no religion). When they are old enough they can then make up their own mind which religion to follow, if any. Children should not be taught about just one religion at school. The purpose of schools is to educate not indoctrinate. Excluded again
  • Score: 13

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