Secondary school's new head confirmed

Essex County Standard: Secondary school's new head confirmed Secondary school's new head confirmed

A NEW head has been appointed at Colchester’s largest secondary school.

Philip Morant School and College went back to the drawing board and re-advertised for a Head of School after a previous hunt failed to attract a candidate up to the mark.

Governors have confirmed Catherine Hutley, currently deputy head teacher at Colne Community School and College, Brightlingsea, has landed that £100,000-a-year job.

She is due to start in September.

Her appointment came after two days of intensive interviews involving teachers, parent governors, pupils and a senior Essex education advisor.

Twenty-one candidates applied of which five had interviews on the first day and three of those, including Mrs Hutley, were called back for the second day.

Staff at the 1,600-pupil school were told of her appointment on Thursday.

Neil Jones, chair of the governors’ personnel committee, said: “We are looking forward to having clarity of who the leader is and all moving forward.

“I think we can look forward to morale improving - it will be on her agenda.”

Mrs Hutley has been working at the Rembrandt Way school two days a week for the last nine months.

She was brought over to the school by Nardeep Sharma, principal of the Colne School, in a bid to improve things.

Philip Morant received an Ofsted report last May saying it “requires improvement”.

Mr Sharma’s role, also at the school two days a week, has been as executive headteacher to help raise Ofsted standards.

In February, governors at Philip Morant advertised for an “amazing” headteacher and offered a £125,000 salary.

Rob James, 48, has been acting headteacher for the school, which 400 staff, since Mr Roger Abo-Henriksen retired last summer.

Mr James announced earlier this week he has taken on a new job as head at Ramsey Academy in Halstead, starting in September.

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5:52pm Fri 16 May 14

siteman says...

Nobody is worth £100 000 a year!
Nobody is worth £100 000 a year! siteman
  • Score: 4

8:13pm Fri 16 May 14

mr pants says...

siteman wrote:
Nobody is worth £100 000 a year!
You may be surprised, shocked, dismayed to learn that there is no further education college in this country where the Principal earns less than £100,000.
[quote][p][bold]siteman[/bold] wrote: Nobody is worth £100 000 a year![/p][/quote]You may be surprised, shocked, dismayed to learn that there is no further education college in this country where the Principal earns less than £100,000. mr pants
  • Score: 2

10:10am Sat 17 May 14

The King of Colchester says...

siteman wrote:
Nobody is worth £100 000 a year!
She has been second in command at a school which has turned around considerably since the appointment of Nardeep Sharma and no doubt will offer a considerable amount of experience and expertise. If you want good, experienced and hard working people you have to pay for them.
[quote][p][bold]siteman[/bold] wrote: Nobody is worth £100 000 a year![/p][/quote]She has been second in command at a school which has turned around considerably since the appointment of Nardeep Sharma and no doubt will offer a considerable amount of experience and expertise. If you want good, experienced and hard working people you have to pay for them. The King of Colchester
  • Score: 3

11:56am Sat 17 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

siteman wrote:
Nobody is worth £100 000 a year!
Pay peanuts - get monkies.
[quote][p][bold]siteman[/bold] wrote: Nobody is worth £100 000 a year![/p][/quote]Pay peanuts - get monkies. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Sat 17 May 14

thehappyholly89 says...

The King of Colchester wrote:
siteman wrote:
Nobody is worth £100 000 a year!
She has been second in command at a school which has turned around considerably since the appointment of Nardeep Sharma and no doubt will offer a considerable amount of experience and expertise. If you want good, experienced and hard working people you have to pay for them.
Its funny you say that I can only presume you are happy with a nurse giving life saving treatment to you or a loved one for around 25,000 but hey like you say you pay for what you get?
[quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]siteman[/bold] wrote: Nobody is worth £100 000 a year![/p][/quote]She has been second in command at a school which has turned around considerably since the appointment of Nardeep Sharma and no doubt will offer a considerable amount of experience and expertise. If you want good, experienced and hard working people you have to pay for them.[/p][/quote]Its funny you say that I can only presume you are happy with a nurse giving life saving treatment to you or a loved one for around 25,000 but hey like you say you pay for what you get? thehappyholly89
  • Score: 1

5:40pm Sat 17 May 14

ShrubEnder says...

thehappyholly89 wrote:
The King of Colchester wrote:
siteman wrote:
Nobody is worth £100 000 a year!
She has been second in command at a school which has turned around considerably since the appointment of Nardeep Sharma and no doubt will offer a considerable amount of experience and expertise. If you want good, experienced and hard working people you have to pay for them.
Its funny you say that I can only presume you are happy with a nurse giving life saving treatment to you or a loved one for around 25,000 but hey like you say you pay for what you get?
A nurse generally doesnt save lives. That's the job of surgeons, specialists, consultants and ward doctors. Should we stop paying them decent salaries also?

A nurse on £25k still receives more per annum than a newly trained teacher. And regardless, the comparison between a headteacher with years of experience and a nurse is pretty weak. Totally different skillsets.
[quote][p][bold]thehappyholly89[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]siteman[/bold] wrote: Nobody is worth £100 000 a year![/p][/quote]She has been second in command at a school which has turned around considerably since the appointment of Nardeep Sharma and no doubt will offer a considerable amount of experience and expertise. If you want good, experienced and hard working people you have to pay for them.[/p][/quote]Its funny you say that I can only presume you are happy with a nurse giving life saving treatment to you or a loved one for around 25,000 but hey like you say you pay for what you get?[/p][/quote]A nurse generally doesnt save lives. That's the job of surgeons, specialists, consultants and ward doctors. Should we stop paying them decent salaries also? A nurse on £25k still receives more per annum than a newly trained teacher. And regardless, the comparison between a headteacher with years of experience and a nurse is pretty weak. Totally different skillsets. ShrubEnder
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Sat 17 May 14

The one who knows says...

I cannot believe people are being so horrible about someone they have never met, how can you judge someone you have never even set eyes on? The interview process for this kind of job is gruelling and extremely extensive! Miss Hutley will have been through an absolutely tough process and will of had to prove to many people that she is he right person...I wish her well and look forward to seeing the results.
I cannot believe people are being so horrible about someone they have never met, how can you judge someone you have never even set eyes on? The interview process for this kind of job is gruelling and extremely extensive! Miss Hutley will have been through an absolutely tough process and will of had to prove to many people that she is he right person...I wish her well and look forward to seeing the results. The one who knows
  • Score: 0

9:50pm Sat 17 May 14

thehappyholly89 says...

So next time I have a patient go into cardiac arrest I should sit back and watchbecause thats not my job? And when I diagnose a clot or sepsis in a patient on my ward I wont take the nessercery action to save that persons life because thats not my job? And whilst you seem to think surgeons and consultants are the live savers may I add they only earn around 50-75k You tell me exactly what warrents a head teacher in there job role to justify being paid 100k? And what about soldiers fighting for theres and our lives in afghanistan? But I suppose sitting in an office has more skillset then any other job? Im not saying anything bad about the headteacherim clearly stating that paying someone 100k to sit in an office is ridiculos!
So next time I have a patient go into cardiac arrest I should sit back and watchbecause thats not my job? And when I diagnose a clot or sepsis in a patient on my ward I wont take the nessercery action to save that persons life because thats not my job? And whilst you seem to think surgeons and consultants are the live savers may I add they only earn around 50-75k You tell me exactly what warrents a head teacher in there job role to justify being paid 100k? And what about soldiers fighting for theres and our lives in afghanistan? But I suppose sitting in an office has more skillset then any other job? Im not saying anything bad about the headteacherim clearly stating that paying someone 100k to sit in an office is ridiculos! thehappyholly89
  • Score: 1

10:36pm Sat 17 May 14

The one who knows says...

thehappyholly89 wrote:
So next time I have a patient go into cardiac arrest I should sit back and watchbecause thats not my job? And when I diagnose a clot or sepsis in a patient on my ward I wont take the nessercery action to save that persons life because thats not my job? And whilst you seem to think surgeons and consultants are the live savers may I add they only earn around 50-75k You tell me exactly what warrents a head teacher in there job role to justify being paid 100k? And what about soldiers fighting for theres and our lives in afghanistan? But I suppose sitting in an office has more skillset then any other job? Im not saying anything bad about the headteacherim clearly stating that paying someone 100k to sit in an office is ridiculos!
It's not just a case of sitting behind a desk in an office...oh my god that is so narrow minded if that's what you think!
I don't dispute for one minute that nurses, surgeons, soldiers are underpaid but don't take it out on the educators that work all the hours they can giving up precious time with their families to provide our children with a good education.
[quote][p][bold]thehappyholly89[/bold] wrote: So next time I have a patient go into cardiac arrest I should sit back and watchbecause thats not my job? And when I diagnose a clot or sepsis in a patient on my ward I wont take the nessercery action to save that persons life because thats not my job? And whilst you seem to think surgeons and consultants are the live savers may I add they only earn around 50-75k You tell me exactly what warrents a head teacher in there job role to justify being paid 100k? And what about soldiers fighting for theres and our lives in afghanistan? But I suppose sitting in an office has more skillset then any other job? Im not saying anything bad about the headteacherim clearly stating that paying someone 100k to sit in an office is ridiculos![/p][/quote]It's not just a case of sitting behind a desk in an office...oh my god that is so narrow minded if that's what you think! I don't dispute for one minute that nurses, surgeons, soldiers are underpaid but don't take it out on the educators that work all the hours they can giving up precious time with their families to provide our children with a good education. The one who knows
  • Score: 1

11:17am Sun 18 May 14

Big Steve says...

The new Headteacher has proven her capabilities in a local school and has started to do the same at Philip Morant. The school has clearly gone downhill in the last few years and needs someone that can make a difference. She has proven she can do it. My children went to the school as it went downhill and my grandchildren will be going there soon. I will be getting behind this Headteacher and supporting her as I believe the staff will. Philip Morant will become the best school in Colchester under Ms Hutley if we let her do her job.
The new Headteacher has proven her capabilities in a local school and has started to do the same at Philip Morant. The school has clearly gone downhill in the last few years and needs someone that can make a difference. She has proven she can do it. My children went to the school as it went downhill and my grandchildren will be going there soon. I will be getting behind this Headteacher and supporting her as I believe the staff will. Philip Morant will become the best school in Colchester under Ms Hutley if we let her do her job. Big Steve
  • Score: 1

1:58pm Sun 18 May 14

The one who knows says...

Big Steve wrote:
The new Headteacher has proven her capabilities in a local school and has started to do the same at Philip Morant. The school has clearly gone downhill in the last few years and needs someone that can make a difference. She has proven she can do it. My children went to the school as it went downhill and my grandchildren will be going there soon. I will be getting behind this Headteacher and supporting her as I believe the staff will. Philip Morant will become the best school in Colchester under Ms Hutley if we let her do her job.
Well said big Steve...I am behind her 100%
[quote][p][bold]Big Steve[/bold] wrote: The new Headteacher has proven her capabilities in a local school and has started to do the same at Philip Morant. The school has clearly gone downhill in the last few years and needs someone that can make a difference. She has proven she can do it. My children went to the school as it went downhill and my grandchildren will be going there soon. I will be getting behind this Headteacher and supporting her as I believe the staff will. Philip Morant will become the best school in Colchester under Ms Hutley if we let her do her job.[/p][/quote]Well said big Steve...I am behind her 100% The one who knows
  • Score: 1

10:02am Mon 19 May 14

jamest says...

thehappyholly89 wrote:
So next time I have a patient go into cardiac arrest I should sit back and watchbecause thats not my job? And when I diagnose a clot or sepsis in a patient on my ward I wont take the nessercery action to save that persons life because thats not my job? And whilst you seem to think surgeons and consultants are the live savers may I add they only earn around 50-75k You tell me exactly what warrents a head teacher in there job role to justify being paid 100k? And what about soldiers fighting for theres and our lives in afghanistan? But I suppose sitting in an office has more skillset then any other job? Im not saying anything bad about the headteacherim clearly stating that paying someone 100k to sit in an office is ridiculos!
So my friends who work in the City and sit in an office and get a bonus of 100K on top of their already silly wage is ok, but a Head who is running a school/business/c200 staff is wrong?
[quote][p][bold]thehappyholly89[/bold] wrote: So next time I have a patient go into cardiac arrest I should sit back and watchbecause thats not my job? And when I diagnose a clot or sepsis in a patient on my ward I wont take the nessercery action to save that persons life because thats not my job? And whilst you seem to think surgeons and consultants are the live savers may I add they only earn around 50-75k You tell me exactly what warrents a head teacher in there job role to justify being paid 100k? And what about soldiers fighting for theres and our lives in afghanistan? But I suppose sitting in an office has more skillset then any other job? Im not saying anything bad about the headteacherim clearly stating that paying someone 100k to sit in an office is ridiculos![/p][/quote]So my friends who work in the City and sit in an office and get a bonus of 100K on top of their already silly wage is ok, but a Head who is running a school/business/c200 staff is wrong? jamest
  • Score: 3

2:09am Tue 20 May 14

Boris says...

£100,000 a year? Some Premiership footballers get double that, and more, every week. Some people's indignation is misplaced.
£100,000 a year? Some Premiership footballers get double that, and more, every week. Some people's indignation is misplaced. Boris
  • Score: 1

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