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PETITION AND PROTEST PLANNED OVER SALFORD SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER SUSPENSION
 

Star date: 15th July 2018

SCHOOL PROTEST PLANNED OVER HARROP FOLD HEAD AND STAFF SUSPENSION

After Salford City Council suspended Harrop Fold School Head, Drew Povey, and three other staff members last week, supporters have launched a petition to reinstate them, while pupils and parents are planning a protest at the school this Thursday.

Full details here...


Last week, Salford Council suspended Harrop Fold Head Teacher, Drew Povey and three staff members over 'record keeping' at the school.

While Drew Povey has called the decision 'unfair' and has vowed to clear his name, parents and supporters are mobilising to make their feelings known. A Change.org petition has been launched, which already has over two hundred signatures.* It reads...

'Head Teacher Drew Povey of Harrop Fold School has been suspended from his position. He has done some amazing things in his time at school turning the status of the school from a complete joke to a respectable school that people now want to go to. His reinstatement of his position is vital to current and future pupils of the school - please help to get this noticed by Salford Council so they can do the right thing.'

Meanwhile, protests are planned this Thursday at the popular Little Hulton school which featured in the tv show Educating Greater Manchester, for which a new series is currently being filmed.

Campaigners are asking pupils to go straight to the school field inside the grounds at 8:25am and to 'stay there all day in a silent protest'; while parents will be outside the gates from 9:30am...

"We as parents want Drew Povey and the three others back at team Harrop" Melanie Richardson told the Salford Star "We will be heard! Please sign the petition or even come down to our protest on Thursday at 9.30am..."


* To sign the Change.org petition – click here

See also previous Salford Star article – Salford Council Proud of Harrop Fold School and Pupils – click here

white wrote
at 15:02:03 on 18 July 2018
People should beware of merely accepting the outward picture of a head’s performance. I worked for a head who was thought by most outside the school to be the best thing since sliced bread. Those of us who worked in the school knew better. He was castigated by the authority auditors for one deal involving many thousands. They took no other action! He also gave the contract for grounds maintenance, in a Manchester school, to a company from Liverpool. Nothing wrong with that. Quite, until it was unearthed that the company was owned by his brother-in-law. There were other occasions of dubious practices. Some staff were actually considering employing a private investigator to find out what else he was up to. However, to most pupils, parents and local residents he was doing a marvellous job at a high profile school. I am not suggesting that all this applies to Harrop Fold; it is merely an indication that what the general populace sees is often far removed from what is going on at a school.
 
Arnold Rimmer wrote
at 11:01:08 on 18 July 2018
I seriously doubt he's earned 1.5 million. If he has, it would probably explain the suspension! Probably the TV exposure has gone to his head and he's looking for the next "gig" rather than doing his job.
 
Jaylee Holland wrote
at 06:32:49 on 18 July 2018
My daughter recently left and my son still attends the work drew povey and team harrop do with and for these kids you cant put into words and unless you have experienced their work or met any of team harrop then you really wouldnt understand. What other headteacher or teacher do you know of that has paid 1.5 million that he earned off a schools debt your answer will be none because he genuinely does care about Harrop Fold and every kid that walks through its doors.
 
Marc wrote
at 17:29:44 on 16 July 2018
Petition?!?!? We don’t even know what they are accused of yet!! If it’s serious then those signing the petition before they have the facts are going to look very silly!
 
Arnold Rimmer wrote
at 11:20:15 on 16 July 2018
Poor record keeping means fraud. How can you have a petition when nobody actually knows what the suspension was for. Councils don't suspend for no reason as the union barrage would be unbearable. It's clear they have good reason.
 
fletcher wrote
at 07:34:51 on 16 July 2018
Salford_lad is right. Suspensions don't happen without a reason, especially after a long investigation. I had a colleague, when I taught, who was suspended. Lots were up in arms, condemning his headmaster and the local authority for suspending him. Pupils found he was suspended and they were angry. But none of them knew the reason why it was done. I and a couple of others did, and suspension was absolutely the only thing that could be done for what wasa very serios matter, but we weren't allowed to say why; it could have prejudicedd the matter. The moral: don't start protesting until you know the whole of the facts. 'Record keeping' could cover a multitude of problems, some potentially very serious.
 
Salford_lad wrote
at 19:32:14 on 15 July 2018
This is all good BUT what has he done? They wouldn’t just suspend someone for nothing! Having a protest is good if you know all the facts!!
 
Ann Grundy wrote
at 19:31:39 on 15 July 2018
I am a grandparent of 2 of Harrop team pupils Drew povey and his team do excellant work they turned this school away from being the wrost school in Salford they need a gold medal
 
Sharon Burnett wrote
at 19:31:01 on 15 July 2018
He is a brilliant head teacher
 
Lindsay Redford wrote
at 19:30:40 on 15 July 2018
Mr Povey has turned this school around with dedication and hard work,the school would not be how it is today without this,it's a disgrace to do this to such a dedicated hard working man,reinstating him is the right thing to do for all the pupils now & in the future.
 
Natalie Hird wrote
at 19:30:25 on 15 July 2018
‘Record keeping’ that’s it? For goodness sake! Perhaps the staff have bigger priorities than paperwork. Unfair & absurd! Reinstate all three, can’t take that reason seriously it’s so weak! If the Eason was because of numerous complaints or actual incompetence in teaching then fair enough however it’s not & just seems a terribly weak argument. Let the protests begin it’s a sorry state of affairs when it’s actually the people who’s kids education is directly affected are the ones backing the staff, it’s called gratitude.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 19:30:08 on 15 July 2018
I have a cousin in Woking ,friend in Bolton,one in Salford and 0ne in Bolton. Each of their wives are teaching assistants, and each is so good at her job they have been told, by their headteachers, to go and do the teachers course for people who already have university degrees.After one year, they would be guaranteed jobs at the same schools they were working at on double the pay as teachers.In going to college they would even be better off the year they went there. Each one turned the offers down. The reason."we want to spend our time teaching kids, we have seen the time the teachers have to waste filling in all these assessment bullshit things the government has come up with".My old teachers from Halton Bank, Desert Rat Monties right hand man, Sgt Major Fred Buckley, and the great Maleryn Davis would have not put up with all this goverment crap teachers these days have to put up with. They were there to teach ,and teach they did, god bless em both.
 
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