Bright Tribe have run the school since 2014, during which time they have overseen the departure of four headteachers and have seen results plummet, leading to the school being placed in special measures.
Discontent with Bright Tribe escalated when it unilaterally pulled Whitehaven Academy out the Whitehaven Campus project which would have provided the school with a complete rebuild.
Insight into why Bright Tribe might have done this only because apparent when The Guardian began to investigate Bright Tribe’s interest in running schools:.
As a school chronically in need of a rebuild, substantial funds are being directed into companies providing building work, all of which appear to be owned by Mike Dwan of Bright Tribe. I visited Whitehaven Academy this summer and was aghast to find that it looked derelict. This was not due to vandalism, it was due to the fact that the windows were all rotting in and that other essential building maintenance work had not been done. As people began to raise questions a popular head ‘disappeared’ at no noticed and the governing body was dismissed.
What now for Whitehaven Academy? What now for the many hundreds of children being educated in buildings that are falling apart by staff who are threatening indefinite strike action?
All suggestions welcome.