Council chief defends Richmond School pavilion procurement process after head acted without authority

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A LOCAL authority chief has defended the procurement process followed by a secondary school building a new sports pavilion.

North Yorkshire County Council said that while it raised initial concerns about the exercise at Richmond School, the headteacher took advice to address the problems.

The Northern Echo this week revealed how Richmond School head Ian Robertson appointed a project manager and lined up a building contractor to build the £750,000 pavilion.

However, a fresh procurement exercise was launched after concerns were raised by the former governing body and the council that the proper procedures had not been followed.

Commenting on the saga, Pete Dwyer, corporate director for children and young people’s service at the county council, said: “Whilst the local authority did raise some concerns about aspects of the school’s initial procurement process, the head teacher of the school did take appropriate procurement advice to address this.

“The outcome was a good tendering process for the building of the £750,000 scheme which satisfies all the procurement rules.

“It was the governing body’s decision to proceed with the construction of the pavilion having satisfied themselves that it represented good value for money.”

Mr Dwyer said the facility would benefit both children at the school and the wider local community.

He added: “The local authority has provided support and advice to the school but the school is to be congratulated on its success in securing grant funding from external bodies to allow the project to proceed.”

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12:09pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Bugstoto says...

It is obvious that this was an attempt to ignore procedures and when it was discovered backtracking and cover ups have been put in place to try and hide the fact that procedures had been ignored. But ignoring procedures is nothing new to the senior management team at Richmond Shool. Appointments and decisions made with nepotism and favouritism in a "face fits" management regime are crippling what once was (and still could be again) a great place of learning. Ditch the head and his unqualified and incompetent cronies, replace them with qualified professionals who manage with fairness and wisdom and things will be well, given time. Morale would certainly improve overnight!!
It is obvious that this was an attempt to ignore procedures and when it was discovered backtracking and cover ups have been put in place to try and hide the fact that procedures had been ignored. But ignoring procedures is nothing new to the senior management team at Richmond Shool. Appointments and decisions made with nepotism and favouritism in a "face fits" management regime are crippling what once was (and still could be again) a great place of learning. Ditch the head and his unqualified and incompetent cronies, replace them with qualified professionals who manage with fairness and wisdom and things will be well, given time. Morale would certainly improve overnight!! Bugstoto
  • Score: -16

9:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Richmond49 says...

The current head has a proven track record of turning schools from poor performers into high performers, this involves massive change and requires committed and highly competent staff at all levels that are prepared to embrace change. Richmond was an average school that is now being driven hard by this team and is progressing rapidly towards being one of the best.

It's a shame that a minority of local people cannot embrace this change and are directing their venom at the head as opposed to those removed from their post by the LEA. To suggest that the management team should resign is very short sighted, they are highly experienced and respected by the Education Authority, do these people really think that it will be possible to find good replacements that will be prepared to work here after such a bitter and twisted vendetta by this newspaper and a few locals?

It is time to stop this nonsense for the sake of the children.
The current head has a proven track record of turning schools from poor performers into high performers, this involves massive change and requires committed and highly competent staff at all levels that are prepared to embrace change. Richmond was an average school that is now being driven hard by this team and is progressing rapidly towards being one of the best. It's a shame that a minority of local people cannot embrace this change and are directing their venom at the head as opposed to those removed from their post by the LEA. To suggest that the management team should resign is very short sighted, they are highly experienced and respected by the Education Authority, do these people really think that it will be possible to find good replacements that will be prepared to work here after such a bitter and twisted vendetta by this newspaper and a few locals? It is time to stop this nonsense for the sake of the children. Richmond49
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