Spalding’s Sir John Gleed drama goes to DfE

Issues at Gleed School are being raised with the Department for Education.
Issues at Gleed School are being raised with the Department for Education.
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A letter complaining about the trust running Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School has gone to the Department for Education (DfE).

The step follows the axing of the entire board of governors by the CfBT Schools Trust.

CfBT was itself criticised in the latest Ofsted monitoring inspection from November, which found the trust, governors and leaders “have not made sure that the academy is well placed to be removed from serious weaknesses”.

The school was rated “inadequate” in March this year.

A source close to the school, who asked not to be named, said the CfBT hadn’t done enough to support the governors and he’s raising a series of concerns with the DfE.

The Spalding Guardian asked CfBT for a response to Ofsted’s criticism of its performance, but the trust declined to comment, and also declined to comment on questions over a claimed lack of capital investment at the school.

A spokesman for CfBT Schools Trust said: “In response to recent comments from Ofsted regarding Sir John Gleed School, CfBT Schools Trust decided that the best course of action was to replace the existing governing body with a small rapid improvement board.

“The board is composed of professionals from the schools sector and will oversee the work of the school in the short to medium term.

“Our intention is to revert back to a ‘regular’ governing body in due course when the necessary educational improvements are in place.

“We are aware that concerns about this and other decisions have been raised by members of the former governing body, including in a letter to the Department for Education. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further until discussions about these concerns have taken place between the relevant parties.”

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