Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Four Quit in School Crisis

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Four Quit in School Crisis

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Byline: Angus Hoy

A controversial Teesside school was rocked by fresh turmoil today in the wake of further damning criticism from Ofsted.

Four governors - including chairman Joe McCarthy - have resigned from Middlesbrough's Unity City Academy amid stinging criticism that academic standards are not improving.

And the school's sponsor - construction giant Amey - unveiled troubleshooter David Triggs as its latest chief executive.

The Ormesby Road Academy was placed in "special measures" in May for failing to give pupils an "acceptable standard of education".

Earlier this year, the Gazette revealed the school was in financial crisis, running pounds 500,000 over budget year on year.

Today's report is the latest in a series of crises to rock the beleaguered school, named in last year's league tables as one of the country's 50 worst performing schools.

A planned "federation" with the town's Macmillan College, given Government backing, has also been shelved.

Yesterday, in a move described by one insider as a "coup", Amey chose to replace the four "sponsor nominees" on the board of governors in an effort to improve the school's educational "focus".

Those resigning from the board are Mr McCarthy, also chief executive of Cleveland Police Authority; Kate Brown, a senior education officer with the Middlesbrough Learning Partnership; Sheila Wright, vice principal of Middlesbrough College; and Pat White, deputy director of the University of Teesside's Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Ms White said: "It is my aspiration in the future to see the academy thrive and prosper within Middlesbrough and the wider educational community and I will continue to give my support through my work at the University by seeking to engage staff and pupils in the raising aspirations and attainment agenda.

"I wish the Academy, its future trustees, the staff and pupils well and hope for a future they deserve. …

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