A dad in dispute with Spalding Grammar School is bidding to be a parent governor there to see if he can “instigate change from the inside”.
Mick Flindall (55) wants to see improved communication with parents after the school refused consent for his son Alfie (14) to go on a Sea Cadets course linked to his planned future career in the Royal Navy.
‘The school made the decision regarding my son behind closed doors and did not allow me to influence it at all’ – dad Mick Flindall
The dad, from Sutton Bridge, had hoped to speak directly to the head teacher, Steven Wilkinson, but his request was declined and he also had no response from the chairman of governors, Alan Faulkner, after asking him to facilitate an “amicable meeting” with the head.
Mick said: “I don’t appear to be able to do anything as a parent as the school made the decision regarding my son behind closed doors and did not allow me to influence it at all.
“I feel it’s incorrect so I have applied to be a parent governor to see if I can instigate change from the inside.”
Mick has sent in his application by recorded delivery but there will only be an election, with parents receiving voting slips, if there are more than four candidates.
The dad believes the school is let down by its “lack of openness” and hopes like-minded parents will back his bid to join the governing body.
He said: “It’s a very good school. It seems to suffer from a lack of openness, transparency.
“I am just trying to make it more of a parent-friendly school.”
Mick says he would be happy to be a conduit for other parents who feel the same way and willing to help them get their point of view across.
The dad is about to hand in a petition to the school, backed by 173 people, as he tries to win a U-turn over the school’s refusal to permit Alfie to go on a term-time weapons training course that will help him in his career aim of becoming a ship’s warfare officer. Mr Wilkinson declined to comment on two of our previous stories.
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