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College stages crisis meeting

By Warren Wilkins 20th September 2017

College stages crisis meeting
Parents arrive at Thursday evening´s meeting at Treviglas Collage.

HUNDREDS of parents attended a crisis meeting at a Newquay school on Thursday evening following its ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted report.

People poured into Treviglas Community College to hear how the leadership team plans to improve the learning standards at the secondary school.

Parents and carers were vocal in their support for the school and stated they were confident its fortunes will be turned around, but there was also criticism that the leadership team did not tell them sooner that things were going downhill.

The NewquayVoice was not permitted to attend the meeting but spoke to parents afterwards. One parent said: “There seems to be a lot of support for the school and for the teachers that they can turn it around, but there seems to be a complete lack of communication.

“My son has just come into Treviglas from a failing school and we have now chosen a school that had already failed its Ofsted.”

Another parent added: “On the whole it was a positive meeting. The majority of parents support the school. My two children do very well there. I do not think too much scrutiny is a bad thing.”

A member of staff, who did not want to be named, said: “The atmosphere in the meeting was very positive and supportive. Parents spoke in favour of the school and about its strengths.There were quite a lot of outbreaks of applause.

“There were a few challenging questions but there was a feeling of togetherness. I work here and I’m passionate about the place. Parents know teachers want pupils to do well and will turn it around.

“Everyone is doing their best but we have got to do better. That’s a fact.”
But not all parents attending the meeting are convinced Treviglas will be able to make improvements in the short-term.

Parent Robin Charlton said: “There are a lot of worried parents. It is my son’s last year at school, which is critical for him, and I was not given any reassurances at the meeting. I’m more concerned than ever.

“It appears Treviglas knew it was in trouble but kept quiet about it. The council did not come clean about what it knew.

“I knew Treviglas had gone downhill over the past two years. I think the school became complacent. Some parents who have tried to speak to the headteacher hit a brick wall.

“People are generally unhappy with the fact Treviglas will now become an academy because it has gone into special measures. The worrying part is now Treviglas is to become an academy the Ofsted may not be revisited for another 24 to 36 months. Treviglas will be part of a multi-academy trust. I have heard Wadebridge School is involved in an unofficial

Lead inspector Andrew Lovatt deemed the overall effectiveness of Treviglas Community College, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, as well as outcomes for pupils, as
inadequate, while personal development, behaviour and welfare, and the 16 to 19 study programmes, required improvement.

The inspector concluded that Treviglas requires special measures being introduced
because the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and those responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.

The meeting for parents and carers took place in line with the statutory requirements for schools in special measures.  Parents will be kept informed of progress at regular intervals, and Cornwall Council is working with the school to ensure it makes “rapid and sustainable progress”. Schools in special measures are required by law to become academies.

Some parents believe Treviglas has been put into special measures by Ofsted so it will be turned into an academy.

One parent said: “The meeting has only made things clear as mud. Basically now
Treviglas is under special measures it has to become an academy. General consensus seems to be the Ofsted was a bit of a witchhunt – the powers that be wanted academy status previously but have never achieved it.

“Cue the Ofsted report and special measures and now the school doesn’t have a choice. I actually think the school can only improve. Communication is high on the list. I am of the opinion that they have to be brilliant on the academic side from now on, which can only be a good thing.”

Richard Clark, the spokesman for the Green Party in the Newquay constituency, who formerly taught at Treviglas, believes Treviglas was put into special measures because the Government allegedly wants all schools to become academies and had previously resisted the move.

Mr Clark said: “What is clear from this decision is that Ofsted is not fit for purpose. How can a school go directly from Outstanding to failing as Treviglas seems to have done. Should one believe the Ofsted inspection? How can a team of two or three inspectors have an accurate view of a large school with well over 1,000 learners following a two-day visit? It is awful the school is evidently being used as a political football by the Ofsted machine.”

By Warren Wilkins 20th September 2017

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