To the Gove-Adonis faction, Wellington Academy is everything that they dream of. An academy of course, replacing an unsuccessful maintained school. And an academy sponsored by that superstar of the private sector Anthony Seldon of Wellington College. Here if proof were needed was the evidence that “private sector DNA” can transform state schools.
It was all going so well. So much so that Michael Gove challenged other private school heads by saying “If you’re so good, why is Anthony Seldon proving that he is better at transforming state education than you are?”
Then out of the blue comes the announcement that “Following this year’s GCSE results it is with sadness that the Governors of the Wellington Academy announce that Andy Schofield has left the Academy today.” GCSE results fell by 10% to their lowest level since the school became an academy and were below the floor targets. The response was…
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