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Foundation bid by Ofsted slated school

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

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A STAFFORD school which was slammed by Ofsted and put in special measures is bidding to become a foundation school.

The Grove Primary in Highfields, dubbed “inadequate” by inspectors in a move that enraged parents, wants to change its status to drive up standards and improve community links.

The school would still be part of the education authority but would be supported by a charitable trust.

The governing body would continue to run the school but the charitable trust would also appoint some of the governors.

It is not proposed to change staffing arrangements.

If successful it is hoped the charitable trust would be in place by May 31 for the school to become a foundation school.

Parents are being urged to give their views on the plans at a series of consultation meetings, with the first on February 12 at 5.30pm at the school.

The school was slated by Ofsted in a report published in December but the move angered parents who rushed to support headteacher Mike Gleeson and the governors.

They claimed inspectors had refused to acknowledge the good results and work already done.

Andy McNaughton, chairman of governors at the Grove, said: “We are proud that our school offers an excellent education for our children. By acquiring a mutual co-operative trust we hope to transform the life chances of every pupil that passes through our school and have a lasting positive impact on the wider community.” 

The school would be a member of the Schools Co-operative Society, a national network of co-operative trusts and would work in partnership with Stafford College and a regional university. 

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