‘Candid’ academy talks

Latest local news from Andover Advertiser, October 4th

Tidworth councillor Mark Connolly (formerly the chair of governors of the predecessor school to Wellington Academy, as well as an Academy governor until last summer – and most recently the advocate of football manager syndrome, see Advertiser 6th Sept) told town councillors that he has held a meeting with Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College, to discuss the situation at Wellington Academy following the departure of principal Andy Schofield.

Cllr Connolly, who represents Tidworth at County Hall, said: “It was a candid meeting.  We (sic) were heartened by the things we heard about discipline which may have been a bit lacking in recent times.  There are not going to be any quick changes at the top – Mike Milner will continue in post until a new principal is appointed.”

He added that the governors may take some time to make the right choice.  (All very odd, given the recent advertisement for the post in the TES and Guardian.)

Plans for the academy to expand have also emerged, with a new sixth form block open on the nearby Castledown Business Park – freeing up around 300 additional places in the main academy building.  Meanwhile in Tidworth work on a new primary school is expected to begin in November on the North East Quadrant housing site. (Due to open September 2014, sponsored by Wellington College).

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