Message from Parent Governors:
Following the meeting last Friday with parents and Mr Justin Madders, our MP, there was a request for this information to be sent out to parents. Please see the following update and attached template letter.
As parent governors we would be grateful if you are able to respond by sending this letter.
Alison Ryan and Vicky Marsland
Update for all parents – Parents’ meeting with Justin Madders MP on 12 July
Justin Madders MP met a number of parents to listen to their concerns over Ofsted’s judgement. Here are the key points made:
- Parents expressed their anger and frustration that the judgement of Inadequate (resulting in Special Measures) does not reflect their or their children’s view of school.
- Parents acknowledged that there were still improvements to be made particularly in Maths, but that based on evidence and comparisons to other schools’ data who have been inspected recently, it is a very harsh and unfair judgement.
- Concerns over the impact on pupils and staff and the wider community was voiced.
- Questions raised were over the accountability of Ofsted and there seems to be no way to complain effectively.
- School raised a formal complaint which upheld the Inadequate decision, however the first monitoring visit took place on 3 & 4 July which confirmed that school have taken effective action towards coming out of Special Measures. This raises questions as to how school can have made such an improvement in a short time?
- Since Special Measures automatically puts school into the process to change to an Academy and be part of a Multi-Academy Trust, parents believe that this is why Ofsted came to this judgement.
- Justin Madders MP agreed that given the evidence available and failing of the inspection to be conducted fairly, he would write again to the Secretary of State for Education and would also request a debate in the House of Commons.
- Due to the summer recess, expectation is that nothing will happen until at least September and there is a Parliamentary process to follow.
- To support Mr Madders, parents agreed to write individually to the Secretary of State for Education & Chair of Education Select Committee expressing their views.
- A request that as many parents as possible send the letters, and if they wish to add their own comments, please do so.
- For parents who were not able to attend the meeting but would like to show support, a template letter is available to use and send to appropriate people (see attached template). If parents wish to add their own comments, please do so. Email details are below:
Rt Hon Damien Hinds MP
Secretary of State for Education
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT
Rt Hon Robert Halfon
Chair of Education Select Committee
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA