Speculation ends as Essa super head Showk Badat says he has left school 'for a new challenge’

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THE headteacher of Essa Academy has left the school, it has been confirmed.

Showk Badat, who was appointed principal of Bolton’s first academy school, says he is ready for a new challenge and thanked staff, children and parents for their support in transforming the former Hayward School into successful establishment.

He has been on leave for several weeks, and the school last month denied that he had resigned.

Mr Badat has been head of the Great Lever school for five years and in that time standards have soared rapidly and plans are under way to open a free primary school next September, transforming Essa into a super school.

Under his leadership, Essa Academy became the first school in the country to give its pupils iPads to enhance learning, and it has attracted the attention of the country’s top schools and ministers, in the UK and abroad.

Mr Badat said he was ready to move on only weeks after school bosses dismissed rumours that he had resigned. He said: “The time is right for me to move forward and to find a new challenge and do the same again elsewhere where help is needed.”

Mr Badat, added: “I would like to thank the children for the passion they have for their work, the parents who have been incredibly supportive and the caring and hard-working staff and their relentless efforts and constant belief in each and every child. I have had fantastic support from the local authority.”

The school has not announced who will now become headteacher.

Since Mr Badat’s leave of absence in mid-November, deputy headteacher Jeff Ellis has been taking care of the day-to-day running of the 811-pupil school.

In a statement, Anwer Patel, the chairman of governors, said: “It has been agreed by the chair of governing body of Essa Academy and Mr Badat that the time is now right for him to leave the academy today to pursue further career opportunities.

“We would like to thank Mr Badat for his considerable contribution, hardwork and dedication in turning around significantly the failing fortunes of the predecessor school and leaving behind a legacy of sustainable growth for the successful Essa Academy in Bolton.

“We wish him well for the future.”

Since arriving as headteacher, Mr Badat has built up an international reput-ation for the academy, which opened in a storm of protest in 2009.

It is sponsored by the Patel brothers, the entrepreneurs behind Cohens Chemist, and Bolton Council.

Government inspectors have also praised the school.

Ofsted reported: “Actions arising from the principal’s pursuit of excellence have had considerable impact on improving academic outcomes and students’ personal development and well-being.”

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10:07am Mon 16 Dec 13

William2701 says...

So why was there a denial a month ago that he was leaving/ had left?
So why was there a denial a month ago that he was leaving/ had left? William2701

10:20am Mon 16 Dec 13

Jackael says...

William2701 wrote:
So why was there a denial a month ago that he was leaving/ had left?
Theres something going on there methinks, watch this space !!!!
[quote][p][bold]William2701[/bold] wrote: So why was there a denial a month ago that he was leaving/ had left?[/p][/quote]Theres something going on there methinks, watch this space !!!! Jackael

10:45am Mon 16 Dec 13

ASIAN WHACC says...

too much pressure.......
too much pressure....... ASIAN WHACC

10:51am Mon 16 Dec 13

ASIAN WHACC says...

the head told a few teachers,i wont be **** back becz his family live in the midlands......watch the space the IT teacher mr chohan wants to leave but the patel brothers wont let him go.so he is on a one year career break..he works for apple....
the head told a few teachers,i wont be **** back becz his family live in the midlands......watch the space the IT teacher mr chohan wants to leave but the patel brothers wont let him go.so he is on a one year career break..he works for apple.... ASIAN WHACC

11:06am Mon 16 Dec 13

William2701 says...

ASIAN WHACC wrote:
the head told a few teachers,i wont be **** back becz his family live in the midlands......watch the space the IT teacher mr chohan wants to leave but the patel brothers wont let him go.so he is on a one year career break..he works for apple....
They have no right to refuse him to leave.
[quote][p][bold]ASIAN WHACC[/bold] wrote: the head told a few teachers,i wont be **** back becz his family live in the midlands......watch the space the IT teacher mr chohan wants to leave but the patel brothers wont let him go.so he is on a one year career break..he works for apple....[/p][/quote]They have no right to refuse him to leave. William2701

11:17am Mon 16 Dec 13

ASIAN WHACC says...

Patel brothers will always show there money power.....!!!
Patel brothers will always show there money power.....!!! ASIAN WHACC

11:58am Mon 16 Dec 13

Chrome1 says...

Asian Whacc, you would make a crap reporter.
Asian Whacc, you would make a crap reporter. Chrome1

1:06pm Mon 16 Dec 13

cliff4treasurer says...

And the real reason he has left will appear in a "news"paper in the future but sadly, probably not this one,
And the real reason he has left will appear in a "news"paper in the future but sadly, probably not this one, cliff4treasurer

2:06pm Mon 16 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
And the real reason he has left will appear in a "news"paper in the future but sadly, probably not this one,
POssibly been offered a much better opportunity so he told his bosses and thus they put him on gardening leave (ie still employed and fully paid but not allowed to be on the school premises) - also probable that the governors were trying to keep him at the school and as such needed the space and time to conduct business in privacy - remember being an academy means that the Council Tax is not being spent on the school and as such has to operate like any private company!!!
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: And the real reason he has left will appear in a "news"paper in the future but sadly, probably not this one,[/p][/quote]POssibly been offered a much better opportunity so he told his bosses and thus they put him on gardening leave (ie still employed and fully paid but not allowed to be on the school premises) - also probable that the governors were trying to keep him at the school and as such needed the space and time to conduct business in privacy - remember being an academy means that the Council Tax is not being spent on the school and as such has to operate like any private company!!! The Righteous One

6:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Greasy Chip Butty says...

Not entirely sure what he has achieved at the school since the academy was set up. Results matter and I don't think they're terrific.....
Not entirely sure what he has achieved at the school since the academy was set up. Results matter and I don't think they're terrific..... Greasy Chip Butty

12:48am Tue 17 Dec 13

tech42 says...

Saiqa Chaudhari your article is wrong. "Mr Badat has been head of the Great Lever school for five years and in that time standards have soared rapidly" sorry, but the results have not improved. The school swapped GCSE qualifications for BTEC qualifications to improve the standing of the school league tables. Which benefits the school (or the head teacher) but not the children in fact essa academy forces all the children including the high achievers to do BTEC qualifications, when the children should be focusing on GCSE qualifications lets look at the facts from the school league tables before it was an academy in 2008 the GCSE pass rate was 28% for five GCSE’s including english and maths. Last years the pass rate was 33% for five GCSE’s including maths and english, now if you add BTEC in to the fold then it jumps to a massive 97%. This is the number the school focuses on and this is the number that is right now on the school website ( but they added another percent from somewhere so now magically the pass rate now is 98% ) if you ever went to an open evening at the school you would here all these remarkable numbers about how the school has been turned around not once do you hear the word BTEC mentioned funny how the school doesn’t mention 33%. The school has not improved and has wasted millions of pounds on worthless qualifications. I truly hope the new head teacher does not carry on with this policy

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Saiqa Chaudhari your article is wrong. "Mr Badat has been head of the Great Lever school for five years and in that time standards have soared rapidly" sorry, but the results have not improved. The school swapped GCSE qualifications for BTEC qualifications to improve the standing of the school league tables. Which benefits the school (or the head teacher) but not the children in fact essa academy forces all the children including the high achievers to do BTEC qualifications, when the children should be focusing on GCSE qualifications lets look at the facts from the school league tables before it was an academy in 2008 the GCSE pass rate was 28% for five GCSE’s including english and maths. Last years the pass rate was 33% for five GCSE’s including maths and english, now if you add BTEC in to the fold then it jumps to a massive 97%. This is the number the school focuses on and this is the number that is right now on the school website ( but they added another percent from somewhere so now magically the pass rate now is 98% ) if you ever went to an open evening at the school you would here all these remarkable numbers about how the school has been turned around not once do you hear the word BTEC mentioned funny how the school doesn’t mention 33%. The school has not improved and has wasted millions of pounds on worthless qualifications. I truly hope the new head teacher does not carry on with this policy Source: http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/grou p.pl?qtype=LA&superv iew=sec&view=aat&set =2&sort=&ord=&tab=15 0&no=350&pg=1 http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/arch ive/group_08.pl?Mode =Z&Type=LA&Begin=s&N o=350&Base=g&Phase=1 &F=1&L=50&Year=08 tech42

5:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Donkey Stone says...

So, all in all BN, the speculation hasn't ended.
So, all in all BN, the speculation hasn't ended. Donkey Stone

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