Election Snippet 2 – David Roche and Hoober Ward

Election Snippet 2 – David Roche and Hoober Ward

Getting candidates and councillors but not fit for Public Office?

Given the lack of scrutiny regarding Labour’s recent selection and the eleventh hour departure of Shakoor Adalat, Labour councillor candidate for Rotherham East Ward and not least, their choice of Zahir Munir as agent for Labour candidates, Wendy Cookey, Deborah Fenwick-Green and Tajamal Khan, it seems the Labour Party’s procedures and criteria have long since not stacked up regarding the quality and suitability for Public Office of its selected candidates and councillors.

Public office must bear scrutiny but Rotherham Labour seems to have other views for selecting its candidates. Quantity seems to drive the gravy train.

Take David Roche Labour councillor for Hoober Ward since 2010 (and Cabinet Lead for Adult Care), who is up for election again. Prior to standing in 2010, he had been suspended concurrently as headteacher in two secondary schools.

In June 1999 at Pope Pius (now St Pius) RC Secondary school, Wath- upon -Dearne and Westborough High school in Dewsbury (within Kirklees Local Education Authority) in the 2000s.

Leaving his suspension at Pope Pius, he was appointed to a successful school; Westborough High, Dewsbury in Kirklees Local Authority. Westborough High is not a Catholic school. Roche was suspended from this school attracting much media interest before leaving and becoming self-employed

Westborough is not a Catholic school and was regarded as a highly successful school under his predecessor, Francoise Leake. Roche was given a lengthy suspension on full pay from Westborough High. The long running events attracted much media interest involving the local MP.

Amongst the allegations at Westborough were ‘Management and Leadership concerns’ and ‘his failure to disclose his suspension at Pope Pius to the Westborough governing body when applying for the post of headteacher’. The Chair of Governors had also declared ‘no confidence in him as headteacher’.

Between September 2002 and April 2006, 307 pupils were excluded from the Westborough High School.

This included 87 for assaults on other pupils, 56 for threatening staff, nine for racism, 37 for disruptive behaviour, 6 for sexual harassment and 1 for drugs and alcohol. Pupils were banned from school for varying lengths of time, from one to 18 days.

Headteacher David Roche was suspended on full pay by the governors. It is understood the reason for this could also have been concerns about his handling of complaints relating to the conduct of staff and pupils.

Including, ‘his failure to disclose his suspension at Pope Pius to the Westborough governing body when applying for the post of headteacher’. The Chair of Governors had also declared ‘no confidence in him as headteacher’

Interestingly, Alan Hartley was chair of governors at Pope Pius during Roche’s time as well as being the spouse of Irene Hartley who was John Healey’s PA for years. Alan Hartley was also chair of South Yorkshire Police Authority.

It would be hard not to believe that John Healey did not know about the Pope Pius suspension (or at Westborough High) when Roche went through the selection process to stand as councillor for Hoober in 2010 and again for 2016.

He left Westborough High school towards the end of 2000s to become self-employed and stand as a Rotherham Labour councillor for Hoober Ward in 2010.

Amongst the allegations at Westborough were ‘Management and Leadership concerns’ and ‘his failure to disclose his suspension at Pope Pius to the Westborough governing body when applying for the post of headteacher’. The Chair of Governors had also declared ‘no confidence in him as headteacher’.

David Roche was suspended on full pay by the governing body and it is understood the reason for this could also have been concerns about his handling of complaints relating to the conduct of staff and pupils.

The Dewsbury Reporter also learned (under the Freedom of Information Act), that the governing body who suspended David Roche had tried to meet Kirklees Local Education Authority (LEA) on more than 20 occasions after initially informing them of concerns before being offered a meeting.

They had also requested the LA’s presence when they met staff to inform them of David Roche’s suspension, but they declined.

Fears had been raised by the LA that the school could be placed in special measures prior to its Ofsted inspection by government Education Chiefs .

So where does this link with Rotherham’s Labour Party and MPs? Interestingly, Alan Hartley was chair of governors at Pope Pius during Roche’s time as well as being the spouse of Irene Hartley who was also John Healey’s PA for years. Alan Hartley was also chair of South Yorkshire Police Authority.

It would be especially hard not to believe that John Healey (or other Labour councillors) did not know about the Pope Pius suspension in June 1999 (or later at Westborough High in 2008) when Roche went through the selection process to stand as councillor for Hoober in 2010 and again for 2016.

It seems that Rotherham Labour (including John Healey) does not ask questions in the public interest. Namely, questions regarding ‘fitness for public office’ should always have been asked of all of its candidates and twice in Roche’s case. It seems anyone will do to make up the quota.

Read more: http://www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/news/local/westborough-high-school-s-toll-of-trouble-1-1340424#ixzz45uRkF0vB

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/mp-wants-action-schools-dispute-5057953

http://www.thepressnews.co.uk/press-news/second-headmaster-suspended/

http://www.thepressnews.co.uk/press-news/7407/

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/malik-in-call-for-roche-inquiry-1-2157340

http://m.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/news/local/troubled-school-facing-special-measures-threat-as-ofsted-steps-in-1-1340225

23 thoughts on “Election Snippet 2 – David Roche and Hoober Ward

  1. Well I can’t take any issue regarding Roche as I’ve not heard anything or know the details , but I can correct you on wendy Cooksey her agent isn’t zahir munir ..

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    • Apologies, it is Deborah FENWICK-GREEN and Tajamal KHAN for whom Zahir MONIR
      is now election agent..seems some last minute changes took place…still the same principle applies in terms of the analysis.

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  2. You neglect to mention that the initial suspension by the governing body at Westboro was not accepted either by the local authority initially; nor do you mention that after considerable investigation Mr Roche’s suspension was lifted and he returned to the school; nor that the chair of governors behind his suspension resigned over the issue.

    Scrutiny is all well and good – but please be careful to tell the full story accurately.

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    • I think you must have missed this “The Dewsbury Reporter also learned (under the Freedom of Information Act), that the governing body who suspended David Roche had tried to meet Kirklees Local Education Authority (LEA) on more than 20 occasions after initially informing them of concerns before being offered a meeting.”
      He did indeed return to work, but only after a deal was done which included a ‘compromise agreement’, guaranteeing the ‘secrets’ remain hidden.
      I believe a ‘compromise deal’ was also brokered for him as he left his employment at Pope Pius.
      I can’t fathom a Labour Party, trying to move on from their failures, fielding a candidate with so many skeletons in his cupboard?

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  3. Allegedly, Kev Barron’s daughter Amy Rushforth is very worried about losing her Maltby seat as several well known local people have decided to stand as independents. Don’t worry though as any loss of public troughing will be countered by her husband N Rushforth who has apparently been parachuted into contend the Sitwell Ward. Nepotism is alive and well ££££££££££

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    • Is it the same Hartley who presided over strike and closure of cortonwood for thatcher?

      Or is it the same fella who got Rotherham hospital into a financial black hole and opened a burger king in as part of hospital in his obesity measures?

      Did he turn a blind eye to cse as chair of police and part of cllr/police coverup?

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    • Let’s not forget how sir kev and his cllr chums promoted a Maltby academy instead of keeping a comprehensive. They went against the wishes of the people, teachers and unions.

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  4. Is it the same Hartley who presided over strike and closure of cortonwood for thatcher?

    Or is it the same fella who got Rotherham hospital into a financial black hole and opened a burger king in as part of hospital in his obesity measures?

    Did he turn a blind eye to cse as chair of police and part of cllr/police coverup?

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  5. If they have nowt to hide over Roche and the allegations then they will come clean?

    Oh I forgot.
    This is the coverup capital of the UK

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  6. Mr Healey was the teflon man. I claim I did not know ya honour. Lol

    The coating is fast wearing off and the things are starting to stick with him both local and nationally.

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  7. Very interesting and he sits on and chairs the assessment panels of senior directors
    The question is should he be a cabinet member is he fit for purpose but leader Reed will give him is full support and confidence like he did in the council chamber to The cllrs who knew and kept quiet Ellis, Wyatt, McNeely, and the ones who had to resign for not being fit for purpose Hoddinott,
    Beck, and others who he promoted to chairs
    Labour are still in denial and will and cannot change
    Their motto quantity before quality

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    • To Caven

      Seemingly, Chris Read was a pupil at Pope Pius in the 90s when Roche was going through his first set of troubles and suspension. Now, he is hardly like to ‘grass’ on his headteacher or ‘upset the applecart’ with Alan Hartley, ex Chair of Governors at Pope Pius who is married to John Healey’s former and long serving PA, Irene Hartley?

      Read might just be frightened of being kept in detention or is it the other way round?

      Oh, and isn’t David Hartley , Chief Superintendent and Sheffield Commander at South Yorkshire Police? Joined SYP in 1991.

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  8. I think that most Labour councillors are up to the job which cannot be said for many others. After watching son sessions I am amazed how bog standard ukipers are!

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    • R u serious?

      1400 + victims of child abuse?

      A coverup by Cllrs and their MP chums?
      And never warned the public of risks.

      Schools and council buildings during the last Labour Govt built by cllrs on never never that has cost 3 times as much?

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      • Labour have got rid of the bad apples and have learnt from the past. Why can’t people recognise progress is being made despite no real input from ukip.

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        • Labour has been controlled by local ‘Money’ nationwide since it’s inception in 1900 – the so called alltruists and social manipulators have been experts in the plain brown envelope handling since Karl Marx appeared to denounce wealth in the 19th C.

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    • @L Joseph.
      “I think that most Labour councillors are up to the job ”
      If that is so then why were they labelled ‘Not Fit For Purpose’ and why was it necessary to appoint Commissioners to oversee the governance of RMBC?
      Why isn’t control and management of Childrens services being given back to RMBC?
      Either your rose tinted specs are misted up or your version of Labour councillors ‘being up to the job’ is at complete variance with the facts.

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  9. @L Joseph
    “Labour have got rid of the bad apples”
    Define ‘bad apples’
    Beck, Watson, Whysall, Wyatt, Hoddinot, Ellis-to name a few- are standing for re-election. All of them were classed as NFFP by Louise Casey.
    In any proper organisation employees like these would have been summarily dismissed for gross misconduct.

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