‘We want to see a waiting list at school’

Headteacher Will Scott with CfBT director Anna Crispin and chairman of the governors Dave Rich pictured after the publication of the Ofsted report, starting on the development plan for Sir John Gleed School in Spalding.
Headteacher Will Scott with CfBT director Anna Crispin and chairman of the governors Dave Rich pictured after the publication of the Ofsted report, starting on the development plan for Sir John Gleed School in Spalding.
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A united front is bringing new hope to a Spalding school fighting its way out of special measures.

The first Parent Teacher Associaton of Sir John Gleed School was held last week, with another already organised to take place tomorrow (Wednesday).

Parent Lesa Jeffery has been in talks with acting headteacher Will Scott to arrange the meetings.

She said: “The school is really buzzing. I’ve spoken to a lot of kids and they all say what a breath of fresh air Mr Scott is at the school.

“He’s going into classes and asking the pupils how things are going and what changes they would like to see.

“I’ve had several meetings with Mr Scott and it’s all very positive. He’s working so hard to pull things round. I even had one email reply from him written at 10.30pm on a Saturday night.

“I was really pleased to see parents, governors, teachers and pupils at the first PTA meeting – and us forming a united front is the message we want to get across.

“We want everyone to get behind the school to help bring about change. People don’t have to have children there – they could be residents who have students pass by every day or local businesses. Everyone is welcome.

“Wouldn’t it be great if one day there was a waiting list of students wanting to go to the Gleed school?”

The school was put into special measures last month after an Ofsted report found it lacking in the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

For the past ten days, Mr Scott has been involved in forming a development plan to submit to Ofsted.

He said: “Things are progressing really well and I’m delighted with the way parents and the whole community are getting behind the school.

“We’ve had a very busy ten days working on the development plan that addresses all of the points of improvement highlighted by Ofsted.

“Things are moving very quickly. We all want the best for the students and we are looking forward – rewarding them where appropriate and celebrating their achievements.”

Rebecca Thirkell, the parent who called in Ofsted, is hoping the plan will be enough. She said: “I think it’s too early to say, but I’ve seen people on Facebook page say students wearing wrong uniform is still an issue.”