Posted on 10th March 2016
This week in a statement from the school we learnt of the decision by Colin Taylor, the Head of Oakmeeds Community College, to leave the college at the end of this term. Colin has been Head there since 2000.
He was also a very keen supporter of the BHBPA and indeed Oakmeeds was one of its sponsors back in 2006. He joined the Steering Group and served that group for a number of years until recently. We wish him every success in whatever he decides to do in the future.
The statement reads …
Following a meeting held on 1st March which confirmed that Oakmeeds is still on track to become an Academy as part of The University of Brighton Academies Trust, Mr. Colin Taylor the Head Teacher at Oakmeeds, has informed the Governing body that he has decided that the end of this term is the appropriate time for him to leave after maintaining stability within the College during the transition period.
Mr. Taylor gave an undertaking to the Governing body when Oakmeeds went into Special Measures that he would remain in post until such time as a positive Ofsted inspection outcome had been achieved. This happened in November 2015, only 18 months after Special Measures were introduced. The Ofsted Inspector, in his report, paid particular tribute to the leadership which Mr. Taylor had provided during this faster than average turnaround timescale.
The Chair of Governors, David Fry commented “Mr. Taylor has had a long and distinguished career in education in West Sussex. He has been at Oakmeeds for 16 years and I have had the privilege of working with him as Chair of Governors during the last seven. Colin has always respected and valued the interaction with the governors and I re-iterate the comments of the HMI concerning the dedication and effort which Colin has put in during the last 2 difficult years. On behalf of all the governors I wish him every success as he ventures into pastures new.”
Further announcements will be made in the next few weeks.
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."