Eighth staff member suspended and governing body dissolved at academy over exam irregularities

The Hull Daily Mail is now reporting that Goole High School Academy’s governing body has been dissolved and an eighth member of staff suspended in the wake of exam irregularities…

Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT), which recently took over the troubled academy, has announced the latest action.

It follows last week’s announcement of seven suspensions, including that of co-headteachers Danuta Tomasz and Dave Flowitt, teaching and support staff.

Alan Yellup, chief executive officer of WCAT, said the initial investigation had focused on online exams.

He said: “We have broadened the investigation’s remit to ensure we’re getting to the bottom of any alleged examination malpractice.

“To ensure the process is a fair one, there was a need for a further suspension.

“I’m confident the team looking into this matter are getting to the bottom of the issues and matters will be resolved as quickly as possible.”

Goole High School Academy, which was placed in special measures by Ofsted last December, became a member of WCAT on August 15 this year.

Mr Yellup, who has an OBE for services to education and is an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ leader, said: “The alleged malpractice is historic but it is our responsibility to sort it out and we will.

“We have acted swiftly and decisively and I want to reassure the community of Goole about our determination to turn their academy around.”

He insisted the dissolution of the governing body would help that process, allowing the trust to take a stronger, more prominent role and support senior staff.

A WCAT interim executive committee has replaced the governing body with immediate effect.

The Department for Education, Ofsted and Ofqual have been kept up-to-speed with the developments…

Goole High School broke away from East Riding Council in 2011 to become an academy.

Councillor Julie Abraham, the council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “The education of the children that attend Goole High School is paramount to me and I support any efforts to clarify the current situation at the academy.”…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove You’d have thought that the DfE may have realised by now that this keeps happening to academies under their oversight

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