Sarratt Primary School: county council takes 'swift and decisive action' over school's management

Sarratt Primary School: county council takes 'swift and decisive action' over school's management

Sarratt Primary School: county council takes 'swift and decisive action' over school's management

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Education chiefs are refusing to disclose why Hertfordshire County County has felt it necessary to take "swift and decisive action" over the management of a Sarratt primary school.

Concerns surrounding the management of Sarratt Church of England Primary School led to the council having to intervene in the running of the education establishment.

The county council is addressing the concerns, which arose from its regular monitoring process, over the leadership and management of the school in The Green.

However, the council is refusing to explain why they felt it was necessary to intervene in the running of the primary school.

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for education, said: "I appreciate that this situation may cause some anxiety, but rest assured that Hertfordshire County Council has taken swift and decisive action. 

"We do not take this action lightly. We believe it is necessary and in the best interests of the children, parents and wider community. The team appointed are very experienced and I’m confident that they will resolve any issues in a timely and effective manner."

The council will be working with Herts for Learning and the Diocese of St Albans and alongside the school’s governing body on a temporary basis, according to council spokesman, Simon Hoggett.

The school’s leadership is still in post and the governing body has not been disbanded, but council staff will be working alongside the school and take on the responsibility for financial and staffing matters.

Mr Hoggett said: "We would like to reassure the local community that the children are happy and safe at the school."

"We aim to ensure children have the best possible environment in which to learn when they return from their summer break."

 

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5:47pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Meadey39 says...

So if there is no cause for alarm, why have people been called in? This article raises more questions than answers.
So if there is no cause for alarm, why have people been called in? This article raises more questions than answers. Meadey39
  • Score: 14

5:47pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Nick Lincoln says...

I've read this story twice and still have no idea what the school "management" have done. Or not done, as the case may be.

Why, exactly, have the council taken this drastic action? And why is the school management still in situ, if this action was necessary?
I've read this story twice and still have no idea what the school "management" have done. Or not done, as the case may be. Why, exactly, have the council taken this drastic action? And why is the school management still in situ, if this action was necessary? Nick Lincoln
  • Score: 16

6:06pm Tue 12 Aug 14

latexjeans29 says...

What the hell has the diocese of St. Albans got to do with anything?
What the hell has the diocese of St. Albans got to do with anything? latexjeans29
  • Score: -6

6:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Cuetip says...

Meadey39 wrote:
So if there is no cause for alarm, why have people been called in? This article raises more questions than answers.
The problem with schools today is the obsessive / oppressive concern with playing to an ever changing Ofsted target driven agenda which often leads ‘management’ systems to suppress any honest and open communication within the staff and with parents which leads to paranoia by those at the top.

This situation illustrates that at the end of the day when it comes to the issues that really matters, those that really matter are pushed out the door.

Far too many paper driven heads prefer to be surrounded by yes people rather than focussing on ensuring everyone within the school community enjoys their role.
[quote][p][bold]Meadey39[/bold] wrote: So if there is no cause for alarm, why have people been called in? This article raises more questions than answers.[/p][/quote]The problem with schools today is the obsessive / oppressive concern with playing to an ever changing Ofsted target driven agenda which often leads ‘management’ systems to suppress any honest and open communication within the staff and with parents which leads to paranoia by those at the top. This situation illustrates that at the end of the day when it comes to the issues that really matters, those that really matter are pushed out the door. Far too many paper driven heads prefer to be surrounded by yes people rather than focussing on ensuring everyone within the school community enjoys their role. Cuetip
  • Score: 9

6:34pm Tue 12 Aug 14

inside-watford says...

Nick Lincoln wrote:
I've read this story twice and still have no idea what the school "management" have done. Or not done, as the case may be.

Why, exactly, have the council taken this drastic action? And why is the school management still in situ, if this action was necessary?
Glad it's not just me then!
[quote][p][bold]Nick Lincoln[/bold] wrote: I've read this story twice and still have no idea what the school "management" have done. Or not done, as the case may be. Why, exactly, have the council taken this drastic action? And why is the school management still in situ, if this action was necessary?[/p][/quote]Glad it's not just me then! inside-watford
  • Score: 10

6:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Dan Tarak says...

A large group of us (parents of children at the school) have been patient and tried not to jump the gun here ...... surely the truth would surface eventually (before new term) - so when this article emerged .....some light shed perhaps ???
It feels like something has been said without really say anything at all.
It's understandable that like any entity, those in charge want to manage the message but the wooliness of what has been disclosed so far only really goes toward stirring emotions as parents are still in the dark.
Would it really hurt to just come out a say what the issue was and "how" it is going to be remedied ?
A large group of us (parents of children at the school) have been patient and tried not to jump the gun here ...... surely the truth would surface eventually (before new term) - so when this article emerged .....some light shed perhaps ??? It feels like something has been said without really say anything at all. It's understandable that like any entity, those in charge want to manage the message but the wooliness of what has been disclosed so far only really goes toward stirring emotions as parents are still in the dark. Would it really hurt to just come out a say what the issue was and "how" it is going to be remedied ? Dan Tarak
  • Score: 26

10:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

croxley46 says...

latexjeans29 wrote:
What the hell has the diocese of St. Albans got to do with anything?
Because it's a Church of England school I presume.
[quote][p][bold]latexjeans29[/bold] wrote: What the hell has the diocese of St. Albans got to do with anything?[/p][/quote]Because it's a Church of England school I presume. croxley46
  • Score: 7

10:25am Wed 13 Aug 14

LocalBoy1 says...

And the reason for all this monitoring? AHhhh well, it's quite normal for the WO not to finish off a story.
And the reason for all this monitoring? AHhhh well, it's quite normal for the WO not to finish off a story. LocalBoy1
  • Score: 3

1:41pm Fri 15 Aug 14

John Dowdle says...

In the interests of pupils, parents and staff, a more explanatory statement needs to be issued by the county council and school management.
In the interests of pupils, parents and staff, a more explanatory statement needs to be issued by the county council and school management. John Dowdle
  • Score: 0

9:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

TomColeman says...

Please can the Watford Observer raise a 'freedom of information request' please, as I would suggest that there is not anything commercially sensitive about it and therefore they could not refuse.
Please can the Watford Observer raise a 'freedom of information request' please, as I would suggest that there is not anything commercially sensitive about it and therefore they could not refuse. TomColeman
  • Score: 0

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