Experts to help turn troubled school round

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A team of experts is on standby to provide support and advice as a troubled Spalding secondary school attempts to turn its fortunes around.

The education trust which “sponsors” the Sir John Gleed School academy said everything that could be done, would be done to ensure students receive a good education.

An action plan is already being drawn up by CfBT to address issues which were identified by Ofsted after an three-day unplanned inspection last month.

The results of the inspection have not yet been made public, but the school’s management had been given a briefing by Ofsted and rumours are circulating that it has been placed in special measures.

A CfBT spokesman said: “Support has already been commissioned to provide expertise in identified areas.

“This includes consultants with specific expertise and a current headteacher of a high-quality school of similar size to support leadership.

“Governor support and expertise has already been brought in and will form an important part of the action plan.”

The trust announced last week that as well as appointing Will Scott (pictured above) as acting head until a permanent appointment is made, it has also appointed a new chairman of governors.

It confirmed that former chairman Paul Harris has resigned the position, although he will remain on the governing body.

The new chairman is David Rich, an experienced headteacher and governor.

The CfBT spokesman said: “We will ensure that the governing body is in a strong position to support the school.

“David is an extremely experienced headteacher, school improvement partner and governor and brings considerable experience to the Sir John Gleed.

“His role will be a governance one – to work with, challenge and support the acting headteacher and the governing body by driving improvements and outcomes in the school.”

The trust insisted that the school has received the support it has needed since becoming an academy in January – with experienced advisers attached to the school.

The spokesman said: “These were ex-headteachers with notable experience in dealing with schools.

“When the school has asked for support it has been provided.”