List of unanswered questions for Right for Success Trust in charge of Stalham Junior Academy

07:00 10 July 2014

Stalham Junior Academy.

Stalham Junior Academy. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Parents and town chiefs are drawing up a list of questions they urgently want answered by Stalham Junior Academy’s new sponsors.

The latest move comes as a county councillor revealed that headteacher Kim Breen had left the school.

Mrs Breen’s position had been the subject of uncertainty and speculation since May 1 when the school became an academy.

More than a dozen academy parents attended Monday night’s Stalham Town Council meeting, hoping for answers on a range of subjects from the Right for Success Trust, now responsible for the school.

Leaders of the Norwich-based trust had been invited to the meeting with the hope they would address concerns.

But the trust responded by instead inviting councillors to an end-of-term celebration day at the academy on July 23.

Some councillors were dissatisfied with the trust’s reply, voting to send a list of questions to the school today, asking for a formal response.

Speaking at the meeting, councillor Sheila Cullingham said: “I think it is a very poor swap. We wanted a business meeting, we don’t want an end of term jolly.”

One angry mother said: “We were left for eight weeks before we were even told the head mistress had left. The trust are virtually impossible to get hold of. Where do we go from here?”

Councillor Elizabeth Jackson said if she had been a parent at the school she would want to know who the headteacher would be in September and confirmation there would be a qualified teacher in every class in the school.

Parents and people connected to the school are also worried about the lack of information on staff changes, improvement plans and the lack of parental representation on the Interim Executive Board.

And until Norfolk county councillor Nigel Dixon read an email from the trust’s chief executive Valerie Moore at Monday’s meeting, the public were unsure about what had happened to the school’s headteacher.

She confirmed Kim Breen had left her position but said in order to protect the confidence of Mrs Breen and the academy, she was not able to discuss the matter further.

The junior school fell from a ‘good’ rating to ‘inadequate’ and was put in special measures following an Ofsted inspection in March last year.

When asked for a comment on Tuesday Ms Moore said: “The town council has been invited in, and we welcome them in with open arms to see what is actually going on in the school.”

1 comment

  • "More than a dozen parents attended...." This issue has obviously mobilised parent - power on a grand scale. On a serious note, it is very unfortunate that the 'British disease' (apathy) in this case, is contributing to the sponsor's misplaced sense of importance.

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

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