Essa Academy appoints new head after departure of Showk Badat

Essa Academy appoints new head after departure of Showk Badat

Jeff Ellis, who will lead Essa Academy

Showk Badat

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

ESSA Academy has appointed the deputy headteacher as principal after the sudden departure of Showk Badat in December last year.

The day-to-day running of the 811-strong school was taken over by deputy headteacher, Jeff Ellis, who it has now been announced will lead the academy permanently.

Mr Ellis, who was also the deputy at Essa Academy’s predeccesor, Hayward School, said: “I am delighted and honoured to take up the position of principal at Essa Academy.

“Our mission is ‘All will Succeed’ and I will ensure, together with all my team at Essa Academy, that we will provide educational excellence to ensure all our children reach their full potential and beyond.”

Mr Ellis joined Essa Academy — Bolton first sponsored academy — in January 2009 as vice principal before being promoted to deputy principal.

He has been teaching for more than 25 years, starting his career as a maths teacher.

Essa Foundation Academies Trust said Mr Ellis was “instrumental” in bringing about transformational changes during the school’s transition to an academy.

The chairman of governors at Essa Academy, Anwer Patel said: “We are delighted Mr Ellis has taken up the position of principal at Essa Academy after going through a very intensive recruitment process.

“With his experience and leadership he will no doubt help us to achieve our mission ‘All will succeed’ and deliver outstanding education to all our children.”

The academy in Great Lever is sponsored by the Patel brothers, the entrepreneurs behind Cohens Chemist along with Bolton Council.

It opened in a storm of protest in 2009.

Since the poorly performing Hayward School was shut down, standards have risen and children are educated in a new £9 million state-of-the art new school building.

A primary school will open in September, under the government’s flagship free school programme, transforming Essa into a "super school".

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7:31pm Thu 31 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Sounds like it's for Muslims only. WHAT. A. SHOCK
Sounds like it's for Muslims only. WHAT. A. SHOCK FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: -5

7:51pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Gaz1262 says...

You cant make a silk purse from a pigs ear. £9 million absolute folly.
You cant make a silk purse from a pigs ear. £9 million absolute folly. Gaz1262
  • Score: 2

8:23pm Thu 31 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

So what if it's for Muslims? Canon Slade is for Christians what's the drama
So what if it's for Muslims? Canon Slade is for Christians what's the drama pradagucci
  • Score: 6

8:48pm Thu 31 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

pradagucci wrote:
So what if it's for Muslims? Canon Slade is for Christians what's the drama
Well said
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: So what if it's for Muslims? Canon Slade is for Christians what's the drama[/p][/quote]Well said wsw69
  • Score: 7

12:02am Fri 1 Aug 14

LoveBolton says...

There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.
There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info. LoveBolton
  • Score: 8

2:09am Fri 1 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

LoveBolton wrote:
There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.
Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.
[quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.[/p][/quote]Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is. thomas222
  • Score: -2

2:28am Fri 1 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

The only thing most people want is a level playing field with each other from both sides including the Moderate Muslims who are there but are afraid to speak out. Just like British people who do the same thing if they agree with a particular Muslim point of view. If this does not stop we are all in trouble. I dont want it as a White Christian Man.. Do you as a Non European Muslim ?.
The only thing most people want is a level playing field with each other from both sides including the Moderate Muslims who are there but are afraid to speak out. Just like British people who do the same thing if they agree with a particular Muslim point of view. If this does not stop we are all in trouble. I dont want it as a White Christian Man.. Do you as a Non European Muslim ?. thomas222
  • Score: -2

7:53am Fri 1 Aug 14

Westhoughton mum says...

thomas222 wrote:
LoveBolton wrote:
There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.
Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.
No, they don't. Where did you get that from?
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.[/p][/quote]Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.[/p][/quote]No, they don't. Where did you get that from? Westhoughton mum
  • Score: 6

9:54am Fri 1 Aug 14

0120natalie says...

I went to school between 2002&2007 and now a fully qualified teacher. No I didn't go the Heywood while it was there but I did go to lever edge primary a shott walk aeay from there. I see this on too fronts. ... a new super school taking all pupils from an area that is over populated is only a gpod this if it doesn't cause redundancy for those at the other local schools. However, I am not being racist so please do not think that but I pose the question of will segregation of race be a bad thing in this area? I remember very clearly the fact as the other schools were fighting amongst eachother, Heywood was fighting and brawling amongst themselves. This would not be good for the community in the long run. But I would also like to pick up on someone else's point about cannon slade, this school takes only from its catchment area and that is highly white British, that is a fact, tge school does not judge on colour or race but on catchment and I can see how it appears to look. The same way Heywood was judged the same and essa more specifically as their catchment area is more muslim populated, these are just facts. A free school in my area may work well, it may not. Only time will tell.
I went to school between 2002&2007 and now a fully qualified teacher. No I didn't go the Heywood while it was there but I did go to lever edge primary a shott walk aeay from there. I see this on too fronts. ... a new super school taking all pupils from an area that is over populated is only a gpod this if it doesn't cause redundancy for those at the other local schools. However, I am not being racist so please do not think that but I pose the question of will segregation of race be a bad thing in this area? I remember very clearly the fact as the other schools were fighting amongst eachother, Heywood was fighting and brawling amongst themselves. This would not be good for the community in the long run. But I would also like to pick up on someone else's point about cannon slade, this school takes only from its catchment area and that is highly white British, that is a fact, tge school does not judge on colour or race but on catchment and I can see how it appears to look. The same way Heywood was judged the same and essa more specifically as their catchment area is more muslim populated, these are just facts. A free school in my area may work well, it may not. Only time will tell. 0120natalie
  • Score: -1

10:50am Fri 1 Aug 14

LoveBolton says...

thomas222 wrote:
LoveBolton wrote:
There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.
Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.
I can't answer that because I'm not from that area and don't no of any guides clubs as mentioned, but someone has questioned you on where you got that information from it appears you have the wrong information , but even if the club is running from there so what, how would that make a difference to the state of the school, many clubs use nearby schools for after school activates. Another fact to consider Essa academy has been running for five years or so. Where were you then when these Muslim business men decided to step in and use there own money to rebuild the school for the whole community. It just shows how much hate there is for the Asian community and yes Asian, most of these people who write comments here are just hiding there hatred under the name of Islam so they can't be called racist
. Why don't you get up from your couch and go check the school out yourself and even better why don't you do something positive for your community where you live instead of just making pointless comments and causing more hatred.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.[/p][/quote]Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.[/p][/quote]I can't answer that because I'm not from that area and don't no of any guides clubs as mentioned, but someone has questioned you on where you got that information from it appears you have the wrong information , but even if the club is running from there so what, how would that make a difference to the state of the school, many clubs use nearby schools for after school activates. Another fact to consider Essa academy has been running for five years or so. Where were you then when these Muslim business men decided to step in and use there own money to rebuild the school for the whole community. It just shows how much hate there is for the Asian community and yes Asian, most of these people who write comments here are just hiding there hatred under the name of Islam so they can't be called racist . Why don't you get up from your couch and go check the school out yourself and even better why don't you do something positive for your community where you live instead of just making pointless comments and causing more hatred. LoveBolton
  • Score: 5

11:45am Fri 1 Aug 14

0120natalie says...

LoveBolton wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
LoveBolton wrote:
There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.
Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.
I can't answer that because I'm not from that area and don't no of any guides clubs as mentioned, but someone has questioned you on where you got that information from it appears you have the wrong information , but even if the club is running from there so what, how would that make a difference to the state of the school, many clubs use nearby schools for after school activates. Another fact to consider Essa academy has been running for five years or so. Where were you then when these Muslim business men decided to step in and use there own money to rebuild the school for the whole community. It just shows how much hate there is for the Asian community and yes Asian, most of these people who write comments here are just hiding there hatred under the name of Islam so they can't be called racist
. Why don't you get up from your couch and go check the school out yourself and even better why don't you do something positive for your community where you live instead of just making pointless comments and causing more hatred.
I hope for one this is not directed at me. My father has had a major fight to keep a local cricket club open that we have all been a part of for many years. I run a youth club of tenpin bowlers and do this every weekend aserll as travel nationally with our county teams. I also have been teaching at a range of different schools for 2 years and now under taking a new project in Blackburn teaching at a pupil referral unit where all the non attenders go and expelled children from mainstream. We also run a number of run raising events for disabled people as my fiancé was bor with a disability that effects his legs and if we have children it is likely they will too. I do not need to justify myself to anyone but felt I needed to reply to this comment. It is not hatred I am trying yo cause or say is acceptable but there are many points of view. Also, just to add I do maths tuition for 7 pupils that go to essa academy so maybe focusing on the pupuls in thr school instead of building a bigger one should be a focus.
[quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.[/p][/quote]Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.[/p][/quote]I can't answer that because I'm not from that area and don't no of any guides clubs as mentioned, but someone has questioned you on where you got that information from it appears you have the wrong information , but even if the club is running from there so what, how would that make a difference to the state of the school, many clubs use nearby schools for after school activates. Another fact to consider Essa academy has been running for five years or so. Where were you then when these Muslim business men decided to step in and use there own money to rebuild the school for the whole community. It just shows how much hate there is for the Asian community and yes Asian, most of these people who write comments here are just hiding there hatred under the name of Islam so they can't be called racist . Why don't you get up from your couch and go check the school out yourself and even better why don't you do something positive for your community where you live instead of just making pointless comments and causing more hatred.[/p][/quote]I hope for one this is not directed at me. My father has had a major fight to keep a local cricket club open that we have all been a part of for many years. I run a youth club of tenpin bowlers and do this every weekend aserll as travel nationally with our county teams. I also have been teaching at a range of different schools for 2 years and now under taking a new project in Blackburn teaching at a pupil referral unit where all the non attenders go and expelled children from mainstream. We also run a number of run raising events for disabled people as my fiancé was bor with a disability that effects his legs and if we have children it is likely they will too. I do not need to justify myself to anyone but felt I needed to reply to this comment. It is not hatred I am trying yo cause or say is acceptable but there are many points of view. Also, just to add I do maths tuition for 7 pupils that go to essa academy so maybe focusing on the pupuls in thr school instead of building a bigger one should be a focus. 0120natalie
  • Score: -2

2:36pm Fri 1 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

thomas222 wrote:
LoveBolton wrote:
There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.
Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.
Why does the Christian scouts only operate from St James when it's suppose to be an open school also.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.[/p][/quote]Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.[/p][/quote]Why does the Christian scouts only operate from St James when it's suppose to be an open school also. pradagucci
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Fri 1 Aug 14

David Whitehead says...

All I want to say is congratulations Mr Ellis - he was my Maths teacher at Hayward School back in 1994, a fantastic teacher and an amazing man - very much deserved!!! So once again congratulations Mr Ellis!
DAVID WHITEHEAD
All I want to say is congratulations Mr Ellis - he was my Maths teacher at Hayward School back in 1994, a fantastic teacher and an amazing man - very much deserved!!! So once again congratulations Mr Ellis! DAVID WHITEHEAD David Whitehead
  • Score: 0

10:06pm Fri 1 Aug 14

LoveBolton says...

0120natalie wrote:
LoveBolton wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
LoveBolton wrote:
There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.
Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.
I can't answer that because I'm not from that area and don't no of any guides clubs as mentioned, but someone has questioned you on where you got that information from it appears you have the wrong information , but even if the club is running from there so what, how would that make a difference to the state of the school, many clubs use nearby schools for after school activates. Another fact to consider Essa academy has been running for five years or so. Where were you then when these Muslim business men decided to step in and use there own money to rebuild the school for the whole community. It just shows how much hate there is for the Asian community and yes Asian, most of these people who write comments here are just hiding there hatred under the name of Islam so they can't be called racist
. Why don't you get up from your couch and go check the school out yourself and even better why don't you do something positive for your community where you live instead of just making pointless comments and causing more hatred.
I hope for one this is not directed at me. My father has had a major fight to keep a local cricket club open that we have all been a part of for many years. I run a youth club of tenpin bowlers and do this every weekend aserll as travel nationally with our county teams. I also have been teaching at a range of different schools for 2 years and now under taking a new project in Blackburn teaching at a pupil referral unit where all the non attenders go and expelled children from mainstream. We also run a number of run raising events for disabled people as my fiancé was bor with a disability that effects his legs and if we have children it is likely they will too. I do not need to justify myself to anyone but felt I needed to reply to this comment. It is not hatred I am trying yo cause or say is acceptable but there are many points of view. Also, just to add I do maths tuition for 7 pupils that go to essa academy so maybe focusing on the pupuls in thr school instead of building a bigger one should be a focus.
No I was not refering to you.. You have gone totally of course from these comments, I just replied to the suggestions that it's is a Muslim school when it is not clearly.. And also on the comment about some Muslim scouts club run from the school.
[quote][p][bold]0120natalie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: There they go again the islamaphobia nuts... The school is not for Muslims only it's open to all.. And a mixer of people go there. But some facts.... Haywood school was shut down by the council because it was failing old news.... . The cohens brothers are Muslims who rebuilt it with there own money for the good of the community. They don't profit from it either. I don't suppose you british patriots could even raise any amount of money to build something for the community in your area ( no offence to anyone only the prats that turn everything into islamaphobia ). Also I'm not from that end so I don't have any interest in the school just stating some info.[/p][/quote]Why do the Muslim ONLY Scouts and Girl Guides practice from there if its for everyone ?. Some Community cohesion that is.[/p][/quote]I can't answer that because I'm not from that area and don't no of any guides clubs as mentioned, but someone has questioned you on where you got that information from it appears you have the wrong information , but even if the club is running from there so what, how would that make a difference to the state of the school, many clubs use nearby schools for after school activates. Another fact to consider Essa academy has been running for five years or so. Where were you then when these Muslim business men decided to step in and use there own money to rebuild the school for the whole community. It just shows how much hate there is for the Asian community and yes Asian, most of these people who write comments here are just hiding there hatred under the name of Islam so they can't be called racist . Why don't you get up from your couch and go check the school out yourself and even better why don't you do something positive for your community where you live instead of just making pointless comments and causing more hatred.[/p][/quote]I hope for one this is not directed at me. My father has had a major fight to keep a local cricket club open that we have all been a part of for many years. I run a youth club of tenpin bowlers and do this every weekend aserll as travel nationally with our county teams. I also have been teaching at a range of different schools for 2 years and now under taking a new project in Blackburn teaching at a pupil referral unit where all the non attenders go and expelled children from mainstream. We also run a number of run raising events for disabled people as my fiancé was bor with a disability that effects his legs and if we have children it is likely they will too. I do not need to justify myself to anyone but felt I needed to reply to this comment. It is not hatred I am trying yo cause or say is acceptable but there are many points of view. Also, just to add I do maths tuition for 7 pupils that go to essa academy so maybe focusing on the pupuls in thr school instead of building a bigger one should be a focus.[/p][/quote]No I was not refering to you.. You have gone totally of course from these comments, I just replied to the suggestions that it's is a Muslim school when it is not clearly.. And also on the comment about some Muslim scouts club run from the school. LoveBolton
  • Score: 0

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