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Sidemoor First School parents 'concerned' as investigation is launched

Tristan Harris 20th Jul, 2018 Updated: 2nd Aug, 2021

CONCERNED parents of children at Sidemoor First School have contacted The Standard after a letter was sent home saying the headteacher and deputy head had been ‘asked to take time away from school while an investigation was carried out’.

The letter stated the decision was taken following consultation with the school improvement advisor and the local authority for reasons associated with ‘data submission’.

It went on to reassure parents the governing body and local authority was taking every step to ensure the necessary support was in place to deal with the absence of the two members of staff and to maintain the rigorous focus on the teaching and learning of every child.

Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for education and skills Coun Marcus Hart said “Worcestershire County Council has been working closely with the governing body at Sidemoor First School and Nursery.

“We will continue to support the leadership team, all members of staff and pupils.”

Tony Kinsella, Chair of Governors at Sidemoor First School and Nursery said: “Our board of governors has asked the head teacher and the deputy head teacher to take some time away from the school.

“Our priority is to ensure that staff and pupils are fully supported whilst an investigation is carried out.”

Last July Sidemoor First School was graded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors. Seven years prior to that it was deemed ‘outstanding’ by the governing body.

The inspectors took on board 61 responses from Parent View and spoke to a number of parents before school.

Following that research, the effectiveness of the school’s leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and personal development, behaviour and welfare, along with the outcomes for pupils, all ‘required improvement’ according to inspectors.

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