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Parents give mixed reaction to damning King Charles School Ofsted
6:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Cornwall
Outside the school gates on Tuesday parents gave a mixed reaction to the Ofsted report, with some supporting headteacher Heather Taylor, while others were fiercely critical of her.
One mum, who asked not to be named, said Mrs Taylor had been unfairly treated by the Ofsted report. “I feel very sorry for her,” she said. “She’s not to blame. There were a lot of newly qualified teachers and some of them let her down. The children at the school are all very happy and I wouldn’t consider taking mine out.”
But Sabine Hall, of Silverdale Road, whose daughters Chloe and Juliet are pupils at the school, said she wouldn’t have enrolled her children at King Charles if she had known in advance about the Ofsted report. “We’ve not been here long enough to form an opinion ourselves,” she said, “but this isn’t the sort of report to inspire confidence. I would have found another school if I’d known about this.”
Dad Paul Robinson, of Godolphin Road, said the Ofsted report was disappointing but not a surprise. He has two children at the school and another who is a former pupil. “The amount of homework certainly dropped off,” he said. “And certainly some of the more able teachers left the school. I really couldn’t say if Heather Taylor should come back or not.”
Two other mums, who between them have four children at King Charles, were adamant that Mrs Taylor should not come back. “I feel sorry for her, it’s a personal disaster for her,” said one, “but we don’t want her back. She should apologise. Children get only one chance at their education.”
Anne Ashmore, of Frobisher Terrace, is a first-time parent at the school whose son started at King Charles only this week. “I will go to the meeting to hear what people have to say,” she said. “It’s a worry, obviously.”
Mums Melisa Gallie, of Longfield, and Claire Jones, of High Street, were divided in their opinions about the Ofsted report and Mrs Taylor’s leadership of the school.
“She always took a personal interest in the parents and helped with any problems,” said Melisa. “I’ve had three boys go through the school, and one still there in Year 3, and I have no complaints.”
But Claire disagreed. “I wasn’t told until the last minute that my daughter wasn’t making the progress expected,” she said. “I really couldn’t say if Mrs Taylor should come back.”
One grandparent, who asked not to be named but who is a former teacher himself, from a school in south London, was critical of Ofsted. “The ethos of this school is fantastic,” he said. “The kids are all happy and polite – and Ofsted just ticks boxes for a computer to generate its report. Children should be stretched, but it’s wrong for Ofsted to slam teachers like this.”