School Starts Recruiting New Head

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School governors yesterday agreed to start the process of recruiting a new head teacher.

The school has been without one since Bryce Wilby resigned at the start of July.

Chairman of governors, Ben Julian, told Radio Scilly news that it wasn’t, “the ideal situation” for recruitment but the school, “couldn’t afford” to wait.

Ben believes that if they advertise in national press by the second week of January, interviews could be held in February. If recruitment is successful, with a shorter notice period, he or she could be in post by Easter.

Realistically though, Ben feels it may be the start of the new school year in September before a replacement head starts work.

The salary remains the same as that earned by Bryce Wilby. He began on £63,000 and it rose to £69,000.

Ben says the biggest change is that there’s a new ‘all through’ school.

Ben accepts that the controversy surrounding the school is not helpful in recruitment and says it will “not work in our favour.”

He would have preferred it if the Cornwall auditors’ report was finished by the time the job adverts are placed. But he feels that when candidates come for interview, the governors can give some context on where the school is going and not dwell in the past.

Ben feels that applicants should ideally come at the start of a weekend with their partners and visit all of the off-island bases.

It would be helpful to meet with pupils, staff and possibly parents, he says.


9 Responses to School Starts Recruiting New Head

  1. NICKPICKER December 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Your right Ruth, people should get behind and support the governors, in getting a head teacher, but we don’t want to be going down the same road in 2 years, and yes perhaps you should speak to the previous head teachers and governors, don’t think you know it all either my dear!!.
    I think we would all like to move on from this, and as a parent i want for the next head to stay longer than 1 or 2 years.. hopefully

  2. Fred Colon December 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I give the replacement two years ‘max’ before the vested interests do the dirty on them

  3. NICKPICKER December 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Surely if things are that bad.. the diocese/ Government would have been involved ….

  4. margaret December 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    perhaps he may like to refer the candidates to the last four headmasters for their input !

    • Ruth December 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      That’s right Margaret…
      They could ask the last head (who was suspended for alleged financial irregularities and then resigned). Then they could ask the one before that who was specifically employed by Cambridge Education to bring the school out of special measures and who left when his work was done. Then they could ask the Interim Head before that who was employed by the chief exec for one year, but stayed for two – he still works very closely with the school and council. Or they could ask the man before that who actually dragged the school into special measures – can’t think why he wasn’t encouraged to stay.

      We should all support the school and get behind them; they are doing a great job. Constantly harping on in a misinformed way about alleged past injustices is not going to help the school or our children into the future.

      • Todd Stevens December 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        Depends on what you’ve been told and by whom, and from what view point they told you. Im sure there are other versions/sides to these events Ruth.

    • Todd Stevens December 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Spot on there Margaret.

  5. Mark Prebble December 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    With reference to your report above.

    You report that the Mr Julian “would have preferred it if the Cornwall auditors’ report was finished by the time the job adverts are placed”.

    On December 3rd you reported that the auditors report was completed and had been received by The IOS council.

    Is Mr Julian up to speed with the reported facts or is he referring to any future action that may be taken as a result of the contents of the report?

    Some clarification please.

  6. Nobby Nobbs December 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I wish the new head the best of luck because they’re going need it!
    Just ask the last one