Parents at Cobholm Primary School reassured after meeting with principal

Craig Avieson. Picture: submitted

Craig Avieson. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant

Parents say they have been reassured about the future of Cobholm's primary school after meeting with the headteacher - and are now focused on taking positive steps forward.

A group of mums had a one to one with Cobholm Primary Academy principal Craig Avieson this week after holding their own meeting with parents to discuss their concerns over staffing, pupil safety and communication with parents.

Mums, dads, carers and grandparents of pupils met at the community centre on Wednesday and drew up a list of points, which they then took to Dr Avieson.

And those in the one to one meeting said they were pleased with his response after he addressed the majority of their concerns.

Dawn Ryan, 46, who has one youngster at the school, said: 'It was a positive meeting. He took on board all the comments that were made at the meeting. Obviously some things he couldn't discuss regarding the teachers, which is quite ok.

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'We do feel slightly more reassured that he has been open and spoken to us, a lot of the problems have been resolved.'

As reported last week, some parents had become so concerned about their children's education, claiming there was no continuity among teaching staff, they were pulling them out of the school.

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They also highlighted frustration over the lack of communication between the school and parents and said they had lost trust in Cobholm since it was taken over by the Inspiration Trust.

But they are now looking to a brighter future and are keen to keep an open dialogue with the school. Among their plans is the re-establishment of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) with the aim of organising an end of year disco and summer events for all the youngsters.

Mrs Ryan, a mum-of-four, said Dr Avieson had also allayed fears about staff and said new teachers joining in September would be qualified and regular members of staff.

And he had also explained what he had been doing behind the scenes since he stepped in to lead the school earlier this year.

She added: 'We've put the bad behind us and started concentrating on positives for the children.

'He [Dr Avieson] has agreed for us to get the PTA back up and running so we're quite happy with that and we have got a meeting about that with parents next week.

'As far as we're now concerned we have done what we needed to do, we have got the majority of the answers, we have got to give him the benefit of the


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