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Dear Stephen - Letter from the Chair of Governors at my son's school

Discussion in 'Governors' started by MrsMacPLatt, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Fair point. The Head of MFL asked me (and all the other parents) to write to the Head asking for a review of the language provision. I wrote but I don't know how many others did. My first letter to the Head was copied to the other parents that I knew about in an effort to let them know that I was working towards a better outcome for all our children. I tried to pass my letters through the school, because I do not know the other parents. I know the names of some of the children involved, but not the parents. The school refused to pass the letters on to the other parents, presumably because they feared a "revolution" so I have no way of knowing if other parents have been lobbying too. However this evening I have managed to get in touch with the parents of one other child because I realised today that this boy plays in the same football team as my son and I found I have their email address because of the round-robin communications from the football coach. I have explained to these parents how I have been lobbying the school and so far they are in support of my actions. We are all waiting to hear the outcome of the options process.
  2. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    I would think that if you want another answer from Stephen you are going to have to start up a new thread and ask if your complaint is being dealt with correctly. If you addressed it as a formal complaint under their procedure to the Chair of Govs then it sounds as though they are not complying with due process. However I would not hold my breath on this one. I suppose that they must feel that an after school club is good enough, whatever it means, and they will just tell you this again in a formal response to your complaint.
    It doesn't really sound as though they are trying very hard to be a language specialist college, but are still enjoying the title, and from what others have said it sounds as though this is now allowed.
    It is a great pity when schools change in nature while your child is attending them, but unfortunately it's a fact of life. If you don't like the provision I really would be looking elsewhere. Stephen can't tell you this, but to me it doesn't sound like the world's best Governing Body does it, so all the formal complaints in the world are not going to make one jot of difference.
  3. Get in touch with your county's Governor Services department, they will want to know about this. The Chair only has the authority extended to him by the governing body, which I doubt very much extends to the sort of communication you received, and you have the right to be dealt with in a professional manner.
  4. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    That is an interesting reply. Do they actually have any powers or influence or duties in respect of the Chair of say a voluntary aided school or an academy?
  5. I think the CoG could have been more tactful.

    I would have met with you if I had concerns that you were bullying & harassing staff. I would have asked you what your grievances were then either explained the schools position and tried to reach a suitable conclusion to your concerns. If that didn't work I would have told you to complain either to The LA or Ofsted if we were an academy.

    Have you thought of using Ofsteds new parent section to express your concerns.

    Very difficult without knowing all the circumstances.

    I hope you reach a suitable resolution.
  6. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I'm saying they don't have any 'power' over the chair of governors. Do you think they do?

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