Academy is in capital shape

21st May 2004 at 01:00
There is no crisis at Capital city academy (TES, May 7).

For reasons of organisational effectiveness and the future development of the academy, the trustees and I have decided to change and streamline the management structure.

These changes signalled the potential removal of some posts, the integration of responsibilities into a smaller team with the possibility of job loss.

Voluntary redundancy terms have been offered and the restructure is being managed.

Discussions with unions have been positive and constructive, and have led to the removal of the threat of compulsory redundancy and the amicable acceptance of voluntary terms by several colleagues.

As a secondary result of this process, economies will be made, optimising the long-term financial status of Capital city academy.

In fact, far from being in crisis, the academy has been warmly received by the community of south Brent. The first Year 7 was heavily oversubscribed and there is even greater demand for places next September. We are confident of significant improvement in GCSE performance on the last year of the predecessor school.

On a separate note, after four years as headteacher (during which time the predecessor school had come out of special measures, preparations for the new academy had been made, building work had been overseen, the old school had been closed and successful transfer of staff and students to the academy had been achieved) and after a year of establishing the educational foundations for the academy (while building works were concluded), I had considered it was a good time to leave and take all that I had learnt into the next stage of my career.

This was personal and has been communicated as such to staff, students and parents, and is not linked to our decision to restructure management.

It is highly regrettable that we did not have the opportunity to speak before the story ran. I fear that the reputation and standing of this wonderful establishment has been negatively impacted, to the potential detriment of our students.

Frank Thomas

Capital city academy Doyle Gardens Willesden, London NW10

The editor writes: Our reporter made several attempts to speak to Mr Thomas but her telephone calls were not returned.

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