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Star date: 10th November 2009

A Salford Star Exclusive

HEAD OF SALFORD'S SCHOOLS PROGRAMME RETIRES! 

In the same week that Salford City Council lost in its bid to close St George's School in Little Hulton as part of the massive `Building Schools for the Future' (BSF) project, we can reveal that Stephen Bradbury, the head of the city's Building Schools for the Future programme has retired.

This comes on top of Jill Baker, the Director of Children's Services being suspended, pending a disciplinary hearing at the end of this month.

What's happening to the Class of 2009? Full story here…


Salford Schools Meltdown
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As St George's School staff, pupils and parents celebrate their hard fought victory over Salford Council's determined efforts to shut their school, the city's schools programme has been thrown into chaos, with only Phase 1 of BSF (Walkden High and Irlam & Cadishead rebuilds) definitely going ahead.

Nick Page, Deputy Director of Children's Services, has written to all Head Teachers in Salford saying "it is recognised that there will now be a delay in the completion of the programme as a whole", and has called an emergency meeting of all Catholic heads in the city tomorrow morning.

With Jill Baker, Director of Children's Services and architect of the Building Schools for the Future, suspended awaiting a disciplinary hearing at the end of the month, and the news that Stephen Bradbury, head of the BSF programme, will be leaving Salford Council also at the end of the month, it appears that the Council's Children's Service department is in meltdown.

However, the Council is adamant that Stephen Bradbury's retirement and St George's victory and Jill Baker's forthcoming case are not linked.

Alan Westwood, Salford City Council's strategic director of customer and support services, says "Stephen Bradbury will formally leave the authority at the end of the month following his retirement.
 
"It is not appropriate for me to discuss the personal arrangements of individual members of staff but I can confirm that Stephen's retirement has been planned for some months, in line with a typical notice period, and his decision took account of a key milestone in the BSF programme - financial closure of Phase I. Following financial closure, we are now poised for the next phase of the BSF programme and plans are in hand to ensure we are best prepared for this next step.
 
"I would like to thank Stephen for his contribution to the BSF programme over the past three years and he will leave the authority with our best wishes."

We're sure that Salford residents will make up their own minds on this...

 

 

 


 

Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 06:34:04 on 13 November 2009
Isn't this more to do with the council actually carrying out the council's original stick to the rebuild carrot? (which surprises me) As with previous amalgamation proposals, Our Civic Leaders haven't done their maths and have (Again) based their decisions on projected numbers rather than Actual Student Numbers I refer to the comment made by an official and relayed on this website. "If St Georges Stays Open, The Catholic Educational Estate will NOT be rebuilt" So, like Cathedral High, St Lawrences and Pope John Paul High Schools before it...St Georges became ANOTHER bargaining chip. Thankfully, the man making the decision used the common sense approach and kept St Georges Open. As a Result, the promise of Redeveloping the Sites is withdrawn - Leading me to think that most things associated with changes to this City have strings attached... Im still reeling from European Leaders considering the City as being a ****** suburb of Manchester thanks to their Marketing Department and councillors from there on certain planning boards of the regeneration companies that are doing up our fair city, Current Actions of our council are just making me wish merger talks would take place and get the issue out of the way! Once again, our Civic Leaders seem to be Interested in the Value of Land Rather than Education...Taking a Valued school from the local community and redeveloping others only leads to one thing....Learning on a number of Building Sites for those learning there, Division and Derison of Pupils, and all the other stuff associated with sticking two schools on one site! I walked past the sold Cathedral High site - recently, there are some rather fancy apartments in their place (most with sales notices) - slap bang next to the fish shop, the paint place, the printers, construction centre and OOH, the scrapyard - which was there during CHS tenure at Middlewood St and is still there Now. Then i walked past the regent gasworks and walked down the lane i now call 'Berlin Wall Way' - formerly Pheobe St - Both schools Old RC and CP have Mile High Fencing - with the broken pavement in between - its something reminscent of Cold War Germany. Can we STOP having Grand Schemes proposed by development companies approved and get down to some REAL development for the people of Salford?
 
Phil Dawson wrote
at 14:08:13 on 11 November 2009
This is shoddy journalism. I happen to be close to the BSF programme but do not work for the Council. As such I have a reasonably independent view. Stephen Bradbury's retirement has been planned for some considerable time and I've been well aware of it. There's neither a link with Jill Baker's suspension nor any connection to the St George's decision. Do your research.
 
amy .r wrote
at 08:29:31 on 11 November 2009
u crnt even c me haha x
 
claudia wrote
at 19:15:24 on 10 November 2009
oh my gosh.
 
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