Call for Reform - Schools' Governing Board Selection to ensure Accountability.

Call for Reform - Schools' Governing Board Selection to ensure Accountability.

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Joanna Warner started this petition to Damian Hinds MP

Due to the absence of integrity, accountability, objectivity and selflessness of a School’s governing board my husband and I finally felt so pressured we had to remove our six year old son from the primary school in the small village of Winteringham, North Lincolnshire in 2018. The Governing Board comprises of a Female Chief Superintendent of the Local Police Force in Humberside, A Male Local Authority Conservative of North Lincolnshire Council, other Local Authority employees, The Deputy Headteacher, and other residents in the small village of Winteringham and the closely associated village of Winterton.

Although it is seen to be within the best interest of the local community regarding the operation of the local primary school, it also gives room for exercising power through social relations and common interests, ergo, accountability is not manifested when and where it should be. This is reinforced yet again by the fact that in 2017 Schools' governing boards have the power to eject any governor that they consider to be a maverick by speaking up against the popular consensus of the board. I’m sure no governor then wants to become the social pariah of their own community, especially if they have children that attend the school.

The catalyst for appearing before the School’s Governing Board Complaint Panel was that our son had been injured twice by the same pupil within the short timeframe of three weeks, his first weeks attending the school. We had raised our concerns with them after the first incident. The latter resulted in a dash to A&E.

Now, I understand that many of you may be reading this and thinking to yourself this is a daily occurrence up and down the country! You would be right, I would agree, and we could have left it there. However, what ensued following these incidents and a Subject Access Request from the school, we unveiled the extraordinary clandestine behaviour of the Headteacher. She was determined to alter the course of events in her favour at any cost. She had the unanimous support of all the school’s governing board, and the local authority, in fact they were instrumental in the massaging of her ego, justification of her megalomaniac behaviour, not the accountability that was so evident it should have been addressed. The Headteacher (whom initially refused to put anything in writing), the Deputy Head Teacher, Key Staff Members, Chair of Governors, and Vice Chair were all responsible in the creation of Operation Witchhunt. Through the subtle art of collusion that only happens in social circles, they rallied around other parents, they did not keep our confidentiality and portrayed a partisan version of events. This was abundantly clear in the other parents behaviour, they were happy to make us feel like we should be accountable for daring to challenge the Headteacher.

We however maintained our dignity, followed their procedures, kept our business private between the school and the authorities for our son’s sake. We lived in hope that we would be heard by anybody with the integrity to actually examine and question the evidence. We put our faith in firstly, the Schools Governing Board then the Local Police Force in Humberside and finally the Local Authority in North Lincolnshire. This turned out to be a fools errand. They had colluded in the destruction of sensitive medical data, manipulated school data and made false statements and false allegations on both Police Logs and Local Authority documentation. The grand finale was the very shameless (and very obvious)  doctoring of evidence by the Headteacher for the complaint panel meeting, of which all members of the Governing Board turned a blind eye to. Corrupted and distorted, so much so, that if we had then presented the case to the Department for Education we were already set up to fail. When doing the right thing is compromised by whom the school governors rub shoulders with on a social level gives little faith to it being fair and balanced, therefore, making a complete mockery of the whole complaints system in schools. Most of the individuals being complained about sat on the School's Governing Board !!!!!!

Call for reform is a consciousness of what is happening under the current regulation of school governors. An impartial third party could be introduced at the very start of a complaint against a school, have the power to interview the parents, examine and challenge the evidence. If necessary they could then bring the Governing Board to account for not upholding their values and obligations.  

Please sign this petition for reform if you believe that a fair and balanced schools' governing board should apply in a modern education system rather than a “one hand washes the other” governing board of old.

 

 

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