King Charles Primary School Falmouth to become academy
A PRIMARY school at the centre of a storm of criticism following its damning Ofsted report is to become a sponsored academy, according to a statement issued today.
Following the publication of the Ofsted inspection report for King Charles School in September, Cornwall Council, the Diocesan Board of Education and the school’s governing body says it has received “a large number of questions” relating to the school’s governance and financial management.
However, the statement says it is unable to answer all of the questions because the constitution of the governing body has changed significantly
“As a result of these changes, which include the appointment of a new chair and vice chair of governors, it has not proved possible to provide detailed responses to all the specific questions relating to the rationale for decisions taken prior to those changes,” said the statement.
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“A number of decisions will also have been taken in confidential session.”
The statement follows reports that the school’s head teacher Heather Taylor was a director of supply teacher agency SupplyNet Ltd with her husband, Ian, at the same time as being the head of King Charles Primary School.
A Cornwall Council investigation in 2010 revealed that there was some “disquiet” among governors at the time, who were “concerned” about the potential conflict of interest and the impact on her reputation.
A second – heavily redacted - report has now been released by Cornwall Council, which is critical of the governing body.
The statement said: “As King Charles School has been placed into special measures, it will now become a sponsored academy.
“Both the Council and the Diocesan Board of Education will be working closely with the Department for Education to ensure this happens smoothly and effectively.
“We are also working very closely with the Department for Education, the diocesan board of education, governors, parents and the acting headteacher to ensure that the issues identified in the Ofsted report are addressed and the school improves as quickly as possible for the benefit of the most important group of people of all – the children.”