The academy is different to the college ...http://www.independent.co.uk/news/educa ... 93023.html
hardly a ringing endorsement for the academy anyway.
nor this from (http://www.theguardian.com/education/20 ... -academies
): Staff in revolt and strike looms at Wellington
Strike action may be looming at Wellington academy, which has become emblematic of ministerial attempts to get state and private schools working together. The NUT claims that staff-management relations have become "incredibly stressful" for many teachers. It says the number of complaints it has received about management at Wellington academy, sponsored by Wellington College public school, is higher than at any Wiltshire school in the past decade.
The school – whose head, Andy Schofield, was asked to leave last August following disappointing GCSE English results – is making at least six staff redundant, amid budget difficulties and changes to its curriculum.
This month, some of its students staged a lunchtime protest, angry at the sudden departure of several teachers.
Education Guardian has learned that Schofield's wife, Kate, an assistant principal and food technology teacher, has been made redundant.
A teacher said four other staff members had been made redundant with immediate effect this term, among 35 leaving overall. The teacher said: "There has been no opportunity to say goodbye to these colleagues, no thanks for their work, no chance for the pupils to say goodbye. The whole thing stinks."
In a statement, the school said: "Where possible, we have been empathetic to staff requests to leave prior to the end of their contractual notice period. We have only agreed to this on the basis that it will not have an adverse impact on the education of students."
Ballot papers for industrial action were sent to NUT members last week.
Mike Milner, the principal, pointed us towards school documents on the restructure which say that the changes, suggested by the DfE, would give pupils the best possible curriculum, given budget constraints. He added: "The Wellington academy has made many changes for the better this year and we are improving the school rapidly."