St Joseph’s can avoid special measures if ‘inclusive’, says parent
PEOPLE power is the way to pull St Joseph’s Catholic College out of the special measures imposed on the school by Ofsted last month, according to a concerned parent.
Wayne Armstrong, whose son started at the secondary school last term, is urging the school to be as inclusive as possible and take the views of parents into account while satisfying the demands of the regulator.
He has established a community action group through social media to invite parents to speak as one voice, and has been pushing for constructive discussions with school staff.
Wayne said the Oftsed report was shocking, but he is determined to help it pull through.
“St Joseph was our school of choice and was rated very highly,” he said. “Then we suddenly found that the school went from being outstanding to special measures almost overnight.
“All the evidence we had was in the positive, but you do not choose a school three weeks in advance, you choose it three years before.
“When in strife people come together, and the school has this asset of parents and children and could use us by communicating more effectively and using our resources to resolve the issue.
“I am creating a lobby group to influence the school to do what I believe the parents want. There needs to be some healing and a reestablishment of trust.
“All I am asking is whether the parents and the community in Swindon feel they should have a voice. My intention is to support the school and make sure the families are reassured.
“I have spoken to a few families who have natural concerns about how things are going to be taken forward, and the main question I have been asking is how families are going to have inclusion in a constructive fashion.
“We want to work in partnership with the school and help them through this difficult time.”
The first of a series of meetings for parents was held at the school on Tuesday, with more than 100 people attending.
Paul Hughes, principal of St Joseph Catholic College, said: “We had a very productive and positive meeting.
“It lasted over three hours and staff stayed on afterwards to discuss individual concerns with parents and carers.”
The principal said he had discussed issues with Mr Armstrong and would be talking to other parents about the college improvement plan.
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