School Staff Sign Petition Supporting Chief Executive

Council Chief Executive, Philip Hygate

A petition, outlining support for the chief executive of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, has been sent to the islands’ MP, Andrew George.

Around twenty staff from the Five Islands School put their name to the document. It isn’t asking for any particular course of action or an outcome but just backs Philip Hygate.

Andrew says he’s always happy to receive petitions. He didn’t know what to do with it, so has sent it on to the chairman of the Council, Mike Hicks.

Mike hadn’t been sent the list of signatures directly and says some of the names were illegible.

He says he’s unsure of the purpose it serves as he has already announced publicly his support for Mr Hygate.


12 Responses to School Staff Sign Petition Supporting Chief Executive

  1. pat September 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Sorry tweeking. trying to do to many things at once… can’t multitask like i used to. ha ha.

  2. Todd Stevens September 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Whats the difference between the recent public petition of NO confidence and the petition we have advertised here?? The answer is- MONEY! Wilby’s proposed changes would have seen some teachers getting pay cuts- and they are not going to support that! -rather he got the boot eh?.

    Also- If you were a teacher and this petition was placed under your nose to sign what would you do? -when you know that your name being absent from the petition sends a clear message that you DO NOT support it.

    A proper referendum would see the truth of this issue.

  3. pat September 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

    And yes scilly is a great place to live. just needs twicking a bit.

  4. pat September 9, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Well said by all above. Emma i think you need to realise this is not just about the school. it goes deeper than that. i am glad you have found him very helpfull. but not all over here have had that prevalige…… but saying that i am sure that at the moment he will be very helpfull to all…

  5. PCAT September 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    As an ex-teacher I was concerned to read about the vote of confidence in the CEO by some teachers. At the beginning of a new school year surely the staff’s main priority has to be to continue with the care and education of the children. They should not have beeen given an invitation to sign such a document at this time. Was this initiated by the same person who instigated the vote of no confidence in the Head, I wonder.
    As staff please do not get enbroiled any further both for your sakes and those of the children and families of Scilly. I say this as a grandparent of children within the school and hope that you will concentrate solely on your professional duties.

  6. Diane Cidade September 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Why exactly are “those within the school better placed”, and what are they better placed for? What role did the Chief Exec play “in dealings with the school”? Are you implying his dealings go beyond a few supposedly innocent e-mails to Cornwall County Council asking for legal advice on how to suspend a Head Teacher (without ever going to his own HR department first about the situation)? If everyone who signed this petition was involved in the process leading up to and following the suspension of the Head Teacher, then perhaps I could understand how they might feel better informed of the situation than others. It’s my understanding given the information which has been offered up by Town Hall, that the suspension stemmed from financial irregularities – was this a widely known fact amongst staff before the suspension took place, and that is why you/school staff wouldn’t question whether protocol was being followed by the Council and Governors? I think the suspicions held in the community are there mainly because the current school situation is just the most recent chapter in a story which is decades old, and since many of the old problems haven’t been addressed, surely people are going to be on high alert anyway? I’m just interested in the hard evidence you or others at the school are basing their own judgements on, and why exactly those within the school are cocksure that nothing untoward has happened and that they can definitively say they support the Chief Exec. The answer to that is what a lot of us are searching for. The community has the right and the responsibility to perform these checks and balances on their political leaders, just like the Council can call in auditors and investigators to check that everything is as it should be with its staff. There’s no reason to shun or feel betrayed by the people looking for honest answers, and don’t wrongly assume that those looking for answers are necessarily vilifying anyone. You might find that they’ve also got the community’s best interests at heart. I don’t see why anyone should be afraid of critical and independent thinking; it’s probably the best example we can set for the young people in this community.

  7. Alan September 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    How embarassing.

  8. Todd Stevens September 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Getting a bit desperate.

  9. Stavropol September 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Only 20 signed? There are more than double that employed by the school surely! Let’s face it, the school is divided, the community is divided, the whole episode is the result of a power struggle that has turned personal and then to farce. Time to clean out the old dead wood in the council and heal some wounds, stop gossiping about it, roll some heads and move on.

  10. Stuart September 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Who instigated this petition?

  11. Stuart September 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Put this issue to vote to with the whole community.
    Lets have a referendum

    Do you the people have confidence in the chief executive yes/no
    Repeat for each senior officer
    Do you the people have confidence in the council of the Isles of Scilly yes/no

  12. Emma September 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

    The point to the petition is evident – there has been a backlash against the chief executive over dealings with the school, and those within the school (who probably are better placed than anybody) have come out in support of him, to redress the balance and to make heard the voices of those who do support him, and there are many.

    Many people are more concerned & upset with the damaging & wholly inaccurate publicising of a community ‘at war’ and ‘in fear’ that is being peddled by some right wing newspapers & political blogs. I’ve got a strong sense from people that they are upset that they have been misrepresented in these publications & feel betrayed by those feeding these stories. Scilly is a vibrant, hardworking & welcoming community – this is the community that people return to each year for their holidays, and it’s vital, now more than ever, that we maintain that community that makes us so special.