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'Super head' leaves over student behaviour disagreement

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Thursday 15th May 2014

A 'SUPER head' drafted in to turn around the failing Barnsley Academy has left because of 'very different views' to the school's sponsor on managing students' behaviour.

Roger Burman was brought in to the Kendray school, hailed as one of the most improved in England less than three years ago, after it was branded inadequate by Ofsted inspectors in March.

However, Mr Burman has since left the school after only a month as executive principal.


** The full story appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated May 16. **

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Posted by darren I Thu 15th May 2014 at 4:12pm

I heard a different story

Posted by worried mum I Thu 15th May 2014 at 4:30pm

My daughter is a student at the academy, and the staff are more concerned over the dress code then the education........ Come on Mr Berry get it sorted, does the school really need executive heads? Earn the respect of the kids

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Posted by lozzer77 I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:23am

i go to this school it is ok but it can do better than this if the teaches wernt more bothered about the sort of shoes or make or even peircings the students would treat the staff better! thank you for reading :) xxxx

Posted by Jake I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:26am

Lets all be fair, the school is absolute garbage without him ;-)

Posted by moomoo1 I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:27am

this school is not really good there more bothered about having piercing then anything else it is perthetic it can do alot better they need to show the students more respect it is not the best school its ont even clos to beingrelly good

Posted by cant tell I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:29am

its good with him he made it better

Posted by haha I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:29am

it is not a really good school they complain about everything its really stupid i feel like moving schools they ask us to show them respect they dont show us it its just stupid

Posted by Jade I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:30am

I am a student at Barnsley Acdemy. The school was good when I was in year 7, 2011, but now it had gone down hill. We need Mr Burman. I can't see Miss Shaw changing the school for me and us being able to recieve the grades we need. The school is too bothered to knucle down on uniform, peircings, make-up and shoes instead of education. GET THIS SORTED!!!!

Posted by barnsley academy needs sorting I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:30am

Lets all be honest, We are the worst school there is in barnsley and we should of let mr Burmen Continue his work into turning our school into outstanding like his own school 'Winterhill academy' We are going down hill and we need to getit sorted out now rather than later when it's too late,

I can't see mrs Shaw doing any better i hope she can?

We need to get this sorted now because if not we the kid's will suffer and i dont want that

Posted by jake I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:30am

i love barnsley adacemy

Posted by Rita I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:31am

This school is really bad, should have kept Mr Burman to be honest.

Posted by burnbabyburn I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:31am

he made this school a lot better they need him back he was better than miss shaw

Posted by laura.a I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:33am

i have recently commented (lozzer77) jake is right he was a better princable than what the new person we have have now mr berry is ok but him and the staff more care about is what the stdents are doing like chewing and teir looks and everything but when roger was here for about 2 weeks everything was going really well but now hes gone things have got worse!!

Posted by LooLoo I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:35am

This school is Nothing without him, he made a real big difference to this school and he was only here for about 2 weeks, The teachers at this school are more bothered about make-up,peircings,not the right shoe shoes!

Posted by looloo I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:37am

i really the shcool with mrs shaw now its amazing

Posted by Joe I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:38am

Lets all be fair, This will be looked at and be reported to the staff at the academy but they will take this more serious than someone getting bullied if we are honest, We need someone (mr Burman) who is willing and serious to take this school up we are suffering now and mrs shaw is doing fine but we need more being done now and maybe in time it will get better but i need it now because im getting into exams now and im suffering

Posted by Jake (REAL ONE) I Fri 16th May 2014 at 9:38am

I dont love this school, I despise it.

Posted by Barnochop I Fri 16th May 2014 at 10:32am

I think we should give Mrs Shaw a chance too many negative comments. As for respect you only get respected if you show respected to others. Too many pupils swear at staff, is that respectfull NO!!!!! Barnsley Academy will be the best in Barnsley one day things take time

Posted by Muddled I Fri 16th May 2014 at 11:46am

Perhaps if the parents stopped their children going to school with piercings, make-up, inappropriate clothing, etc, then the teachers will be able to teach. Hopefully they start with spelling.

Children have too much power with zero responsibility; they run amok with no fear of retribution because they are not afraid of authority. Unfortunately, it's a sign of the times and this school is not alone.

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Posted by shannon I Fri 16th May 2014 at 1:33pm

I go to Barnsley Academy and they are more concerned about the dress code than learning teachers calling us brats I thought this school was good until all the new principals! Not happu

Posted by Wendy I Fri 16th May 2014 at 2:06pm

Judging by the spelling and attitude they need Superman!

Posted by amy kirton I Fri 16th May 2014 at 2:40pm
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Posted by Dundi I Fri 16th May 2014 at 6:34pm

Too much freedom was given to children by the government, they don't have respect to teachers at all. The government took away power of parents and teachers at the end of the day what to you expect kids to do where a teacher or an adult cannot guide them because of the freedom they have. I total agree with one writer who said Barnsley is not the only one, this is a problem which is affecting most of the teachers in UK. Mr Burman was a good head teacher they should have allowed him to continue and support M Bury. I feel sorry for children who are serious about their education. Something needs to be done about this issue of supporting school to get good marks

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Posted by Emma I Sun 18th May 2014 at 10:08am

If parents taught their children how to behave, then the teachers would be allowed to teach. As for being concerned about uniform, piercings etc, what do these students think will happen when they turn up to their new job, (if they can actually get one), and they're told they have to wear a uniform or remove piercings? Give their new boss a mouthful and stomp off? It's about time children respected adults.

Posted by cm I Sun 18th May 2014 at 10:13am

A few things...

1. Show respect for people, whether they are teachers or not, and you will get respect back.

2. No teacher in his/her right mind would work at a school like this for the money...they can be paid wherever they work, and there are much much better schools to work for than this one.

3. The dress code is there for a reason. This includes the code on chewing/piercing/etc. A uniform and dress code has been shown many many times to increase a feeling of belonging and a feeling of pride in a school. Not for everyone, of course...there are always some who will try to go against the system, and whose parents will support them.

4. Spelling and grammer is not everything, but it is clear that some people NEED some tough teaching as they are seriously lacking in their ability to string a coherent sentence together.

5. Why do the parents and students get behind the staff, try to work within the system that has been set up FOR THEM. Work in the new, expensive school building they have been given. And then see what happens. Because I know that when kids start doing as they should, taking their learning seriously, then their aspirations increase, they work harder still, and start achieving more. They feel better, they get better grades, and then they get better jobs and education in the future. And all that increases the well being in their own communities.

Just try it. Try to work with them instead of against them. It will work, in the long run. It won't happen overnight. But it will never happen if all the students and parents want to do is knock the school and staff at every chance they get!

Posted by parent of a pupil I Sun 18th May 2014 at 11:30am

I cannot believe the comments on here about dress codes iam nearly 40 yrs old an attended kendray oaks we had a dress code no make up no dyed hair no jewelery if was caught wearing it you was sent home or they removed it simple as that. So why do kids these days think they are hard done to because they carnt wear what they wont the dress code is there for a reason end of. If the kids/parents adeared to this then the teachers can get on with teaching its not rocket science is it. This school needs strong leadership we had it at Oaks it wasnt the best school but it was a good school you knew how far you could push the teachers but they were allways one step ahead.

Posted by Poseidon I Tue 20th May 2014 at 7:36am

I believe Muddled and Emma have hit it on the head with the comments they have provided. I attended a Barnsley school and I went to learn, not to walk around with designer clothes or piercings.

Posted by Socrates I Wed 21st May 2014 at 9:44am

It's blindingly obvious that there's a serious problem at this school if these comments are anything to go by...

I genuinely cannot believe how poor the quality of spelling, grammar and punctuation is, not to mention the ridiculous fixation on external issues such as piercings and dress code.

Children are in school to LEARN, not make fashion statements or be a danger to airport style metal detectors!

Maybe if some of the commenters spent more time actually bothering to listen to their teachers instead of fixing their hair and make up, they'd be able to spell above the level of a 5 year old and make cogent arguments on here as to why this situation needs a strong resolution...

Posted by Barnsley st I Wed 21st May 2014 at 11:21am

Really all you lot leaving smart comments about your school days and how you got hard done by but really get a grip times moved on! we dont live in the 1970s like u lot and they need a better school than what they have so everyone has there own opinion!!!

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people these days say barnsley academy not that bad come and find out yourselfs then u will see thank u for reading :)

Posted by FOOTYFAN I Wed 21st May 2014 at 12:08pm

I now have serious concerns about my child starting at this school in September after reading the comments. He is achieving well in Primary school and obviously we want this to continue. What reassurance is the school giving to show that the school will remain on track or at least get on track judging by the Ofsted figures. I am saddened to hear that the 'Super Head' has left over conflicting views and would like to know both sides of the story, I need to know that the governing authority does have the education and welfare of the pupils at it's core and isn't just focused upon ticking boxes and performance indicators. Who are the sponsors?

Posted by Harry I Thu 22nd May 2014 at 5:13pm

Good point. Who are the sponsors ?

Posted by Eric I Thu 22nd May 2014 at 8:25pm

From Ofsted report:-

This is a school that has serious weaknesses. The proportion of students attaining five or more GCSE grades at A* to C including English and mathematics is too low.

The school has the following strengths - Achievement and the quality of teaching. ?

Who rights this crap ? And how much is this costing the tax payer ?

Posted by the doc I Thu 12th Jun 2014 at 12:20pm

going by the comments posted by pupils the HT had a lot of work to do at the school. Not only is the spelling and grammar very poor, but their attitudes are all wrong. Uniform, personal appearance etc are all very important and all new HT seeking to make a difference focus on this aspect of discipline. Good eductaion then follows. It is laughable that some seem to suggest he needed to earn thei respect - his position should gurantee their respect. Again the pupils show a very poor attitude

Posted by Spelling Police I Sun 15th Jun 2014 at 10:40pm
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Posted by karla I Fri 12th Sep 2014 at 2:31pm

hello i just want to say i love this school and i always have loved this school

Posted by Barnsley ST. I Mon 15th Dec 2014 at 11:17am

Well, The Doc, Just saying you have told the students their grammar and spelling is poor but i think you need to sort out your own spellings and grammar first thanks

and the academy is doing much better at the moment under Nikki shaws new structure.

Posted by Nicole I Mon 15th Dec 2014 at 11:18am

This school is not the worst school but not the best, miss Shaw has improved but for example, wearing jeans is not going to make the school better at education it will just cause arguments with the teachers and students as this is not bothering anyone education apart from when the teachers make it.

Posted by 1234 I Tue 21st Apr 2015 at 4:48pm

I go to Barnsley academy and it was really good when I started but Mr Berrys gone and it's gone down hill, now they care more about the uniform than the education, it's okay and slowly picking up, but we need more teaches because lots have left and there's lots of supply's but it is slowly getting better and it's okay thanks for reading

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Posted by lionel I Wed 3rd Jun 2015 at 12:57pm

he wasn't fresh enough

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