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Former school governor in Alvechurch raises concerns
3:20pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A FORMER school governor who resigned from his position on the board of governors for an Alvechurch school has voiced concerns over the way the school is being run.
On resigning from the board of governors for Crown Meadow First School, Peter McHugh complained that information necessary to effectively monitor the school was continually being withheld from the governors and that its recent Ofsted rating was lower than it should have been for a school of its resources and location.
He said: “Crown Meadow suffers from a poverty of ambition. Parents have every right to expect vision, ambition and progress from such a school, operated as it is from a purpose-built facility in relatively affluent north Worcestershire. The governors hope that under Karen Hambleton’s leadership, the school can begin to meet its potential and set its sights on a higher Ofsted grading.
“It can only be hoped the head, Ms Morris and her senior leadership team are capable of making the changes needed for the sake of the 300 children who attend the school."
Headteacher Janette Morris defended the school’s progress, noting how early years foundation pupils had attained above expected levels by the time they left the school, and how in the most recent Ofsted report the quality of teaching had been reported as good and sometimes outstanding.
She said: “We are disappointed to hear Peter's comments. He has for the last four years been an active member of the board of governors, which contributed to our good rating being given in June 2012 in our most recent Ofsted inspection.
"We believe that there is always room for further improvements to be made; for example we continue to look for new ways to inspire boys in writing skills and girls in numeracy skills. Our priority is to ensure that each child achieves their full potential and, as professional educators, we constantly strive for improvements."
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