Turbulent School


Unable to win a “good” Inspection Report in the previous 15 years, Ofsted judged Eydon Vale to be one of England’s 500 “intransigent schools”. Poor leadership pushed it into a super league: one of half a dozen schools that were so turbulent, it was threatened with immediate closure. With praise-based discipline, clear boundaries and highly visible policing, it got out of special measures in record time – only for divisions within its Leadership Team to threaten its survival.

Very accomplished – Graham Swift

I did not expect to be 100% gripped by a book about a school and its deep-rooted problems, but this was an astonishing read. The author combines a clear account of events, critical thought on both positive and negative outcomes with an exceptionally sharp human narrative. I hope this book finds its way onto the course reading list for PGCE students but I would highly recommend it for non-schoolteachers too. I have never read anything like it – Amazon reviewer.

An interesting, honest and personal account. I will be sharing excerpts of this with our Education Leadership students – Dr Tom Perry, Birmingham University.

The patience and precision of the prose is exemplary, especially when combined with heartfelt Quaker values – Paul Wheeler.

Product details


Publisher: Quacks Books (2021)

ISBN:9781912728343   Price: £9.95 + p&p

To order a copy please email info@quacks.info, call 01904 635967