Thursday, 6 November 2014

KGV: The Governors and the principal must not be allowed to sit out the storm

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King George V 6th Form College has just had a truly shocking OFSTED report. They have fallen from Outstanding in 2010 to Inadequate this year. Sadly too few parents and students were that surprised. The evidence has been mounting for some time. It is no secret that John Pugh MP received some detailed complaints which he put to the Governors. They rejected the concerns and made it clear that they thought that they were doing well in the present climate.

They were wrong.

It appears that their staggering level of complacency has continued since the OFSTED report was published. This is some of the things the report said about the Governors and Principal:

  • the governing body does not hold senior managers to account with sufficient rigour
  • the Principal's appraisal lacks targets and objectives
  • Governors have not set challenging objectives for the senior leadership team
  • performance management across the College is not effective
and so it goes on, page after page. This institution was (prior to 2010) one of the very best VIth Form Colleges in the entire country. There is a real danger that students will not choose to go to the College. Other FE provision in the area have expanded as student recognise that their chances will be enhanced by going elsewhere. There is a genuine danger that the College will go the way of Ainsdale High.

The immediate action required is that the Chair of the Governors must go. I suspect his instinct is to sit it out in the bunker and wait for the storm to subside. Our town cannot afford for that to happen. We need to see rapid reform and those who complacently dismissed all criticism over the recent years are not the people to oversee that change.

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