15th Sep, 2019

LEA agrees to meet with concerned parents over Sidemoor First School

Harry Leach 21st May, 2019 Updated: 21st May, 2019

FOLLOWING a successful petition Worcestershire County Council Local Education Authority (LEA) has agreed to meet with concerned parents over Sidemoor First School’s future.

The petition, which demanded answers from the LEA, gained more than 133 signatures in just a few days.

A parent of two at the school said: “Now’s the time to take a stand.

“Ofsted put the school under ‘Special Measures’ two years ago, which is far too long without seeing improvements.

“We need as many parents as possible to turn up to the meeting and use it as an opportunity to make a change and hold the LEA to account.”

While the LEA has confirmed a meeting will take place at the school after half-term, a date is yet to be decided.

Parents will get the opportunity to speak on the falling standards at the school as well as the issues which worry them most.

This includes the constant rotation of teachers, children dropping out of the school completely, instability in management and a lack of communication from the LEA.

They also want the investigation into the former headteacher to be resolved as it’s ‘hanging over the school’ making it difficult to ‘move on’.

Sarah Perrett and Justin Stokes jointly took over the role from an interim headteacher in December but they will be stepping down at the end of the academic year.

Coun Marcus Hart, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “A full school review is scheduled to take place after half-term and we will share a summary of the findings with parents.”

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