Saturday, October 09, 2010

Welcome to St. Michael & All Angels Church of England Academy

This is not funny.

The Welcome Page of the St Michael & All Angels Church of England Academy is featured above, with a prominent photograph of its Executive Headteacher, Dr Irene Bishop. It reads thus:

St. Michael & All Angels Academy has high expectations of students, who are encouraged to enjoy learning and to succeed.

Our core values are Care, Respect, Achievement, Faith and Trust. To support and develop our core values within our learning community we expect every student to give the very best of themselves.

We integrate ICT fully into the curriculum, with students using new technologies to enhance learning within their subjects, ensung (sic) that they leave St. Michael & All Angels as confident, able youring (sic) adults, fully equipped with the skills required to respond effectively to the adult world, whatever career path they choose to follow.

Our staff are committed and enthusiastic and we expect the same from our students.

The Academy is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment within which young people are supported through a personalised approach and high quality support so that every student is able to achieve his or her personal best.

We believe in nurturing ambition and creativity and welcome students of all abilities.

Dr Irene Bishop - Executive Headteacher


His Grace has enquired of Dr Bishop the provenance of her doctorate.

It beggars belief that the Welcome Page of such a prominent and highly-paid Executive Headteacher had not (at the very least) been proof-read by someone literate.

Perhaps she is a little too part-time either to notice or care.


Anonymous Stuart said...

His Grace will have such revenges on them all

Gosh, you meant it!

10 October 2010 at 00:27  
Anonymous michal said...

I'm not sure if continued hostilities are going to help ms. Birbalsingh.

10 October 2010 at 00:30  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Your Grace, this list of schools in Peckham has Dr Bishop (at number 7) with an LLD, often awarded as an honorary degree.

To give the woman her due, she regrets Blair’s visit to her school, if this account is anything to go by.

10 October 2010 at 00:32  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I am rather hoping for a conciliatory statement on monday ,by now I would have hoped the light would have been seen so to speak , I can only assume that Dr Bishop is willing to sacrifice , for some reason , but if Ms Birbalsingh did as your previous post suggest , did indeed inform her superiors and was granted permission , then at best its more misunderstanding than misconduct.

I find it hard to believe that Dr Bishop is so reactionary in what is matter to do with perspective and collieget discernment , she could have so easily made a different choice , rather than the first assumption/charge of illdefined threat and ego.

let us see what sorrows or joys monday brings in this unfortunate saga

10 October 2010 at 02:52  
Anonymous Rob Spear said...

Those just look like typos, your Grace, and not evidence of a lack of literacy. It's a shame whoever wrote it up didn't have a spell checker, of course.

10 October 2010 at 04:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A propos the website in question, may I direct Your Grace here and in particular to the comments section of that post, and may I reiterate the question posed by the blog author in said comments section, "what exactly is [...] the connection between the Head and Grebot Donnelly?"
This is, I think, an obvious question which needs to be unravelled in this scenario.

10 October 2010 at 05:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honorary (unearned) doctorates are not used as a title, at least by those who know their social etiquette.
What's an "executive headteacher"? Is this like an "executive producer" you get on TV credits?

10 October 2010 at 07:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to NCSL

An executive headteacher is one who takes on leadership of another school (host)whilst remaining substantive head of their original school(donar) outside of a federation.
- where immediate improvement is required
- where current leadership is deficient o rinexperienced
Pay and financial implications:
- executive headteacher pay is determined by the highest ISR of either school not through combining pupil numbers
- ways of working must be defined by a protocol between the executive headteacher and other senior leaders in the schools including any substantive headteacher in the host school.
- provide smodelling and coaching for substantive headteacher
- presents the opportunity for a new professional challenge for executive headteachers
- creates development opportunities for aspiring leaders in the donar and host schools
- can be seen as an imposed situation in some circumstances

To read about one exec head's experience and understanding of the role go to

Note how he explains "My role is to create the bullets, but Richard fires them. It's not about walking the corridors. I don't get involved with day-to-day issues."

10 October 2010 at 07:19  
Anonymous Epictetus said...

This is a test case for the country. The issue is do we want schools that focus on good education or schools that focus on managed decline and cover up? Everything else is secondary.

When changing the culture of a failing organization, it is usual to find it necessary to replace the head of the organization and at least half of senior management. This is probably what needs to happen in the case of this school, starting with Dr. Bishop. The Church of England and the Government must decide now where they stand on the main issue, and must be prepared to act accordingly. It is always unpleasant for those on the receiving end when a cosy but incompetent organization is made competent again, but that is the point.

To imagine that the situation is not already such that either Dr. Bishop must go or Ms. Birbalsingh must go is, I fear, wishful thinking. Compromise has its place, but there are two sorts of compromise, those that involve cutting the cake in two and those that involve cutting the baby in two. This unfortunate case is right at the heart of the entire problem in education in Britain. The wrong kind of compromise here will ensure that no material progress in made in solving the problem.


10 October 2010 at 09:20  
Blogger Gnostic said...

But Your Grace, isn't it obvious that for Irene it's her personal opinion that matters more than proof..

10 October 2010 at 09:34  
Blogger Horatius said...

The mistakes aren't just typos, there is at least one grammatical error. The word "every" is singular, so it is incorrect to write "we expect every student to give the very best of themselves". It should either be "we expect every student to give the very best of him- or herself", or if you want to use the plural "we expect all students to give the very best of themselves". Strangely, she used the singular with "every" in her fifth paragraph. She knows the point but applies it inconsistently.

Mistakes in relation to number (i.e. whether a subject is singular or plural) seem to be increasingly common even in supposedly educated people. One would, however, have hoped that a head teacher would know better.

10 October 2010 at 12:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for the PR company responsible for the website. They don't appear to be very good at crisis management either!

10 October 2010 at 14:05  
Blogger steve said...

Your Grace,

I am equally troubled by the odd gender and racial mix displayed on the school's website's home page.

White males make up well over 40% of the population. Are they not allowed to study at this school?

10 October 2010 at 14:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

St Michael's is a Church of England School. But there is no mention of the Christian faith. Are they ashamed of it?

10 October 2010 at 16:24  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Rob Spear said...

Those just look like typos, your Grace, and not evidence of a lack of literacy. It's a shame whoever wrote it up didn't have a spell checker, of course.

This is exactly what Cranmer has said, "It beggars belief... ...had not (at the very least) been proof-read by someone literate."

btw, it looks more like a mouse slip to me, the letters 'ri' are missing from the first word and appear in the second; "jumping mouse syndrome" is usually a lap-top illness easily defeated by using Touch Freeze.

That said I'm sure, like all those MP Twitterers, the page was hacked ;-)

10 October 2010 at 23:56  
Anonymous macon church said...

Very interesting comments. Bette than the article.

11 October 2010 at 19:05  
Blogger GildasTheMonk said...

Your Grace is always incisive...

11 October 2010 at 19:51  

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