State names 34 independent schools

The Barnett government has named 34 state schools that will have independent status within the public system as part of a new policy to give more grass roots control to the school.


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As a staff member at one of the schools listed..we were kept in the dark to the application made by our principal and made it clear in our staff meeting we did not wish to take part....power to the principal hey!

I am shocked that Ashdale Secondary College is to become independent. This school is an absolute disgrace, the school opened this year and only has year 8's at the school. Bullying is a constant problem though brushed off as 'kids being kids' by senior staff. Senior staff are constantly telling children that they will be suspended or moved to another school for the slightest issue. When the premier recently visited they were threatened with suspension if anyone did anything to embarrass the teaching staff. During a P&C meeting at the school a senior staff member made several sexually inappropriate comments and gestures and even though complaints were made and the principal was present nothing has happened, and no apology was made to parents present. One staff member left the school after 6 months and many parents are considering moving their children to other schools. Surely, it would have been better to have chosen schools with some past record and a full school of students instead of taking a risk on a school like this.

hopefully kids with genuine behavioral problems like ADD aren't discriminated against.

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