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Peacehaven school put into special measures

School governors have been slammed for their inadequacies after a school was put into special measures by Ofsted.

Meridian Primary School in Peacehaven was judged to be failing to give pupils an acceptable standard of education after inspectors visited the school in October last year.

Now East Sussex County Council has asked secretary of state for education Michael Gove for an interim executive board to run the school.

This would mean the current governors would be booted out and a special team of leaders shipped in to help steer the school.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “Children don’t get a second chance to have an education and therefore it’s vital that we have in place a governing body with the experience and skills required to turn the school around as quickly as possible.

“Ultimately, the decision on whether to appoint an IEB will be made by the secretary of state. In the meantime, we will continue to provide support to staff and the existing board of governors at what is a difficult time for everyone at the school.”

But MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven Simon Kirby has urged the council to consider allowing the current governors to solve the issues.

He said: “I am anxious that the county council does not act rashly and gives the new board of governors time to make the necessary changes to improve the school.”

Lead inspector Eileen Chadwick found the current governing body to be ineffective and weak at holding the school to account.

Headteacher Claire Westcott said: “We're obviously disappointed to be in special measures but we're confident the issues highlighted in the report can and will be rapidly put right so all our pupils get the best possible education.”

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12:34pm Thu 13 Mar 14

whatevernext2013 says...

is it not time that schools have a manager to run them ,and free up teachers too well teach ,that after all is what they were trained to do ,
is it not time that schools have a manager to run them ,and free up teachers too well teach ,that after all is what they were trained to do , whatevernext2013
  • Score: 5

2:12pm Thu 13 Mar 14

lyma1980 says...

What the report and ESCC doesn't say is that the Governors had only just joined the school before the Ofsted review last Autumn so the failings weren't actually down to those Governors that have been removed.
What the report and ESCC doesn't say is that the Governors had only just joined the school before the Ofsted review last Autumn so the failings weren't actually down to those Governors that have been removed. lyma1980
  • Score: 6

4:04pm Thu 13 Mar 14

poppels says...

The fact is that not all the governors were new and sorry to say but there are quite a few old timers there who were part of the previous governors as you so kindly blamed. In my opinion the new govenors would have learned from the old ones and nothing would change. In fact I feel that the Local Authority has not gone far enough as I strongly believe that it is not just the govenors to blame but management is equally to blame for this. I would like to point out that the school has always been a grade 2 school and has had a stark warning 2 years ago when they dropped to a grade 3. Still they went further down into a grade 4 school instead of bringing it back up. And please do not blame the previous head as the figures do not add up to support that. Nor blame ofsted because they keep changing the goal posts as most other schools keep up with these changes. Please just hold up your hands, accept the fact and accept all the help that is going to be given.
The fact is that not all the governors were new and sorry to say but there are quite a few old timers there who were part of the previous governors as you so kindly blamed. In my opinion the new govenors would have learned from the old ones and nothing would change. In fact I feel that the Local Authority has not gone far enough as I strongly believe that it is not just the govenors to blame but management is equally to blame for this. I would like to point out that the school has always been a grade 2 school and has had a stark warning 2 years ago when they dropped to a grade 3. Still they went further down into a grade 4 school instead of bringing it back up. And please do not blame the previous head as the figures do not add up to support that. Nor blame ofsted because they keep changing the goal posts as most other schools keep up with these changes. Please just hold up your hands, accept the fact and accept all the help that is going to be given. poppels
  • Score: 6

4:17pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Sallyann12 says...

Ofsted reported the school is failing I believe any help offered should be taken. If the governors held the management team to account more often than maybe the school wouldn't be in this position. To me it doesn't matter that many of them were new the fact is an IEB have expertise and experience and that's what the school and our children need. Bring the school back to what it should be 'Excellent' then vote for whoever you like to be on the Board. Ofsted looked at the whole school not just the Board of Governors, it failed in almost all areas, there's a lot of work to do to turn the school around.
Ofsted reported the school is failing I believe any help offered should be taken. If the governors held the management team to account more often than maybe the school wouldn't be in this position. To me it doesn't matter that many of them were new the fact is an IEB have expertise and experience and that's what the school and our children need. Bring the school back to what it should be 'Excellent' then vote for whoever you like to be on the Board. Ofsted looked at the whole school not just the Board of Governors, it failed in almost all areas, there's a lot of work to do to turn the school around. Sallyann12
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Thu 13 Mar 14

concernednow says...

poppels wrote:
The fact is that not all the governors were new and sorry to say but there are quite a few old timers there who were part of the previous governors as you so kindly blamed. In my opinion the new govenors would have learned from the old ones and nothing would change. In fact I feel that the Local Authority has not gone far enough as I strongly believe that it is not just the govenors to blame but management is equally to blame for this. I would like to point out that the school has always been a grade 2 school and has had a stark warning 2 years ago when they dropped to a grade 3. Still they went further down into a grade 4 school instead of bringing it back up. And please do not blame the previous head as the figures do not add up to support that. Nor blame ofsted because they keep changing the goal posts as most other schools keep up with these changes. Please just hold up your hands, accept the fact and accept all the help that is going to be given.
I quite agree and I would like to know at what point the head teacher will be made accountable. It is not correct to place the blame solely on the previous governors. The fact is that the head teacher has been in post 3 years and the school has gone consistently downhill in that time. This is, as has been pointed out, despite being given a warning 2 years ago. The head teacher has failed and this is abundantly clear yet she remains in post? She is not up to the job and should also be removed in my opinion. I speak as a parent whose children have attended the school for the last ten years. My youngest is due to leave in the summer and I am thankful that this is the case. Both my children enjoyed their time at Meridian and it WAS a very good school, How sad then that it has come to this.
I really do hope that there isn't a hidden agenda here because I simply cannot understand the actions and recent actions concerning the governors whilst the head teacher seems to escape any blame...
[quote][p][bold]poppels[/bold] wrote: The fact is that not all the governors were new and sorry to say but there are quite a few old timers there who were part of the previous governors as you so kindly blamed. In my opinion the new govenors would have learned from the old ones and nothing would change. In fact I feel that the Local Authority has not gone far enough as I strongly believe that it is not just the govenors to blame but management is equally to blame for this. I would like to point out that the school has always been a grade 2 school and has had a stark warning 2 years ago when they dropped to a grade 3. Still they went further down into a grade 4 school instead of bringing it back up. And please do not blame the previous head as the figures do not add up to support that. Nor blame ofsted because they keep changing the goal posts as most other schools keep up with these changes. Please just hold up your hands, accept the fact and accept all the help that is going to be given.[/p][/quote]I quite agree and I would like to know at what point the head teacher will be made accountable. It is not correct to place the blame solely on the previous governors. The fact is that the head teacher has been in post 3 years and the school has gone consistently downhill in that time. This is, as has been pointed out, despite being given a warning 2 years ago. The head teacher has failed and this is abundantly clear yet she remains in post? She is not up to the job and should also be removed in my opinion. I speak as a parent whose children have attended the school for the last ten years. My youngest is due to leave in the summer and I am thankful that this is the case. Both my children enjoyed their time at Meridian and it WAS a very good school, How sad then that it has come to this. I really do hope that there isn't a hidden agenda here because I simply cannot understand the actions and recent actions concerning the governors whilst the head teacher seems to escape any blame... concernednow
  • Score: 7

7:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

DCCCCCC says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
is it not time that schools have a manager to run them ,and free up teachers too well teach ,that after all is what they were trained to do ,
My hubby is a teacher and he spends so much time doing admin work and other work not related to teaching. He wants to teach, not do this other work which he is made to do. No wonder schools are failing. Leave teachers to do what they have been trained to do.
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: is it not time that schools have a manager to run them ,and free up teachers too well teach ,that after all is what they were trained to do ,[/p][/quote]My hubby is a teacher and he spends so much time doing admin work and other work not related to teaching. He wants to teach, not do this other work which he is made to do. No wonder schools are failing. Leave teachers to do what they have been trained to do. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 3

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