Call for support as head breaks silence

Parent Lesa Jeffery with her daughter Leah Pitts-Jeffery and Daniel Briston. PHOTO (TIM WILSON): SG140313-142TW
Parent Lesa Jeffery with her daughter Leah Pitts-Jeffery and Daniel Briston. PHOTO (TIM WILSON): SG140313-142TW
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‘Stop complaining and start supporting your school’

The rallying call follows a three-day visit by Ofsted to Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School sparked by parents’ concerns.

Lesa Jeffery, who has a daughter in Year 8, was to have launched a new Parents and Friends Association on Tuesday evening, but was asked to postpone it.

However, Lesa says it is still time to end negative comments about the school and look to the future.

She said: “I have spoken to Mrs Daniels and she still thoroughly supports a PFA being formed when things settle down.

“Negativity doesn’t help anyone – it is a new academy and parents need to get behind it, stop moaning and help.”

Rebecca Thirkell, who was supported by a number of parents when she complained to Ofsted about “serious incidents relating to violence, drugs and smoking”, this week closed the Facebook page Gleed School Needs Changes and started Gleed – New Beginnings.

Yesterday (Wednesday) parents were still feeling “in limbo” awaiting the result of the Ofsted report, which could take 20 days to be made public.

Headteacher Janet Daniels said: “The result of Ofsted’s recent inspection will not be known until the publication of the report in approximately one month.

“Until the report is published I am unable to discuss the inspection.

“I realise that this leaves an unsettling time for parents, students and staff, but I want to reassure the whole school community that my priority during this time is to ensure that students continue to receive high-quality teaching and learning as we move into the important summer term.

“I am working closely with colleagues in school and at CfBT Schools Trust to ensure that this happens.”