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Friday, 20 February 2015 20:00

Congratulations to Sue Rogers

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Congratulations to Sue Rogers who was Kent County Council's Director of Education Quality and Standards until Christmas, when she left to take up another post. I have today learned that this is as Managing Director of the Lilac Sky Academies Trust, which has developed a strong presence in Kent over the past two years. 

One of her first actions must have been the difficult one to become involved with the controversial proposed closure of Furness Special School in Hextable, which has been managed by Lilac Sky since mid 2012, but has now collapsed with debts of £1,631,520 over that period.......

Kent Academies sponsored by Lilac Sky now include: three new academies replacing failing schools in 2014 - Richmond Academy in Sheerness, Morehall academy in Folkestone, and Knockhall Academy in Dartford; along with two brand new academies to open in September: Thistlehill Academy in Sheppey, and Martello Grove Academy in Folkestone. Lilac Sky also sponsors one secondary school in Essex and two primaries in East Sussex.

Lilac Sky has also worked with seven primary schools in Kent in recent years: Harcourt Primary, Stella Maris Primary and Castle Hill Primary in Folkestone; St George's Primary and Halfway Houses Primary in Sheppey; Southborough CofE Primary in Maidstone and Rosherville CofE in Gravesham. Also Castle Community College (Deal), and Walmer Science College - now closed. 

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4 comments

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 17 March 2015 02:07 posted by AlexT

    I am shocked and dismayed to read that an individual who has the role of giving advice to Kent families would be so Ill-informed as to think that the closure of Furness School would be a decision made by Likac Sky! How ridiculous! Lilac Sky provide the Headteacher and other leadership/improvement staff. It will be a KCC decision to close the schook as they have responsibility for it. Lilac Sky would have no more power to close the school than you or I! PETER: I am perfectly aware that Lilac Sky has no such power and have not said so in this article or elsewhere. The decision was made by KCC as is made clear in other articles. However, even though you are the only person who has raised this point, I have made a minor amendment to the article to clarify it. I am always happy to be corrected. Thank you for pointing out the ambiguity.

  • Comment Link Monday, 23 February 2015 12:15 posted by Jessie

    As a governor of a primary school that had Lilac Sky consultants forced upon us last year by KCC, I am absolutely gobsmacked to learn of Sue Rogers' new appointment.

    Surely, other schools and governors will now be sitting up and wondering about the legitimacy of KCC decisions, whether there was any conflict of interest, etc...

  • Comment Link Sunday, 22 February 2015 17:47 posted by Jonathan

    Will Lilac Sky continue to acquire new schools and business from Kent county Council now that Sue Rogers has left KCC service?

  • Comment Link Saturday, 21 February 2015 17:56 posted by Susan Hall

    I find this absolutely shocking that this has happened and am surprised that Sue Rogers would even consider this appointment to join Lilac sky given its track record of school closures and debt .
    Whatever the outcome these vulnerable childrens needs should come first and more should be done to save the Furness School and the others offering this specialist education.These children struggle enough every day and to withdraw this and expect them to cope within a mainstream school.
    Thank you Peter Read for your very informative blogs and for highlighting Issues of importance for these families.

    Having had experience of a school appeal and lack of support from SEN at school and the fallout from this, I hope these children fare better!! PETER: Hear, hear!

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