Spalding school needs its £3.5million back for new builds - ex-governor

Headteacher Will Scott with students in January when an Ofsted monitoring report noted improvements at Gleed.
Headteacher Will Scott with students in January when an Ofsted monitoring report noted improvements at Gleed.

An ex-governor of Sir John Gleed School says £3.5million “prudently saved” by governors for capital projects should be returned for improvements to the school’s buildings.

Education trust CfBT is pulling out of Gleed and on September 1 the Spalding school will switch to South Lincolnshire Academy Trust (SLAT), which runs Bourne Academy.

CfBT took on too many academies too quickly. The trust did not have a clear rationale for the selection of schools, a strategy for creating geographical clusters or a plan to meet academies’ different needs. As a result, standards are too low.

Ofsted inspection report on CFBT

Former governor Chris Schofield recently welcomed an Ofsted monitoring inspection that saw some improvements at Gleed and asked CfBT to honour its pledge to spend £200,000 from the £3.5m pot on an all-weather pitch.

Now he wants to see all of the money returned by CfBT “to enable the school to carry out the much needed improvements to its infrastructure”.

The trust dismissed the local governors on November 26 after an Ofsted monitoring inspection decided CfBT, leaders and governors were not doing enough to remove the school from serious weaknesses.

Governors were replaced by CfBT’s hand-picked Rapid Improvement Board.

Mr Schofield highlighted a report published a few days ago in the bulletin, Schools Week, that said CfBT was pulling out of three schools, including Gleed, for failing to drive “rapid enough” improvement.

An Ofsted report on CfBT last May said: “CfBT took on too many academies too quickly. The trust did not have a clear rationale for the selection of schools, a strategy for creating geographical clusters or a plan to meet academies’ different needs. As a result, standards are too low.”

Mr Schofied would like members of the Rapid Improvement Board to step down “and let the new academy, SLAT, start work immediately with their support, which SJGS deserves”.

He also wants support to be given to South Holland Post-16 Centre to help it recruit students for September.

Previously ...

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