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We have no confidence in the Headteacher of Charlton School to lead & manage our school

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We no longer have confidence in the Headteacher, Kim Werth, of Charlton Primary School to lead and manage the school. We feel the Headteacher’s style of leadership is detrimental to the staff and as a consequence the children of the school.

Parents who have needed to raise any sort of complaint with the Headteacher will know that Mrs Werth's default setting is that they are wrong, and if they persist they are marked down as troublemakers.

Staff speaking off the record talk of the climate of fear that pervades the school, with everyone watching their backs and hoping that today isn't the day that they fall victim to Mrs Werth's wrath.

Waste of Talent

  • In Mrs Werth's first three years in post at least four teachers and a number of teaching assistants left the school.
  • In December 2016 three experienced, long serving teaching assistants left.
  • At the end of the Summer Term 2017 the school will be losing three more teachers, two of whom have been at the school for many years. One of these teachers actually went to the school as a child and has been teaching there for over 20 years, and was singled out as "excellent" by the last OFSTED report.
  • Two members of staff are off on long term sick at the moment and many staff are looking for new jobs.

Cause for Concern

  • It is worrying to think of the wealth of expertise that is being lost to our children. The fearful working atmosphere is not conducive to innovation and progress, when to fail in any new initiative would mean falling victim to the blame culture that pervades the school.
  • Worrying too is the fact that it is likely that at least one, and quite possibly all three, of the new teachers starting in September will be newly qualified teachers. What sort of mentoring and career support will they receive and will their hopes and expectations of a career in teaching be dashed when faced with the management regime now in place?
  • More and more information is creeping out to confirm the rumours that have been circulating that the school is facing financial difficulties, the latest being that the Breakfast Club can no longer afford food!

Charlton School used to be like a happy, loving, caring family with all the members looking out for each other be they pupil, staff member or parent. It may still be a family but now it is seriously dysfunctional and in need of intervention.

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