All but 1 of the current Ryde Academy Governors have resigned over the conduct of the school’s sponsor Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) on the Island.
The resignations follow the introduction of a new board of governors, a move that was announced just days before the end of the Summer term back in July.
According to the now-former Governors, AET have shown through their recent actions that they have ‘no real regard to the genuine welfare or education of students or staff, nor any interest in the local communities of Ryde, Sandown or the Isle of Wight’.
Lesley Holmes, former Chair of Governors at Ryde Academy said:
“It is very sad and disappointing that we as a group of governors now find ourselves in this position. We believe that AET have shown through their recent actions that they have no real regard to the genuine welfare or education of students or staff, nor any interest in the local communities of Ryde, Sandown or the Isle of Wight as a whole.
“We no longer have confidence in AET’s management of education provision at Ryde Academy, which puts us in an untenable position as governors and therefore have no other alternative than to resign our positions.
“The progress Ryde Academy has made over the last two years has been down to the leadership of the principal Joy Ballard, her staff and the ethos of learning she has brought to the school.
“All former governors remain strongly committed to supporting the future of education on the Island. We still wish to help improve standards, aspirations and most importantly the achievements our young people need to ensure a better start to their working lives.”
A spokesperson for Academies Enterprise Trust has said:
“As with all of our academies, we have encouraged all existing governors to stay on the Board and were saddened to hear that with Ryde the majority have chosen not to do so. We will, however, be strengthening each of the Boards to include Principals of two very strong schools to foster mutual learning and support.
“In addition – mindful of the importance of advice, challenge and involvement of wider stakeholders – each Governing Board will be examining how best to strengthen links with parents, staff and the community.
“These changes were communicated to Chairs of Governing Boards at the end of the summer term. We recognise that the timing of this has been challenging for some, but we felt it was important to communicate the changes as soon as possible so that the new arrangements could be put in place in time for the start of the new academic year.”