Controversy breaks over the treatment of teaching staff at ‘outstanding’ school

The Somerset Guardian is reporting that a local primary school which, it suggests, is considered one of the best in the country, has defended its reputation after it was revealed it is facing questions over the treatment of teachers.

Thirteen teachers have made official grievance complaints to their teaching union over their treatment while at The Academy of Trinity.

The school is one of the best performing primary schools in the country, with a double Outstanding rating.

The Somerset Guardian received a number of anonymous phone calls reportedly from former teachers after a letter was sent out by the school on Thursday, November 19, informing parents headteacher Pepe Hart, who has been at Trinity since it opened a decade ago, was leaving the school to take up a new post.

However five days later parents were informed that she had retracted her resignation.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has confirmed it is involved and that legal action may be taken. Dave Biddleston, secretary for the NUT in Bath and North East Somerset, said the concerns have come from thirteen teachers in total, including current staff members as well as the former Trinity teachers that have spoken out.

The union secretary confirmed issues surrounding the welfare of pregnant teachers and those on maternity leave is currently with a solicitor and said he has submitted a freedom of information request asking the school to confirm how many teachers have left the school since 2012.

One ex-teacher, who did not wish to be named, spoke of contemplating suicide by the pressure at the renowned school. She said this pressure has resulted in a huge staff turnover with some classes having three new teachers in the space of a year…

The school’s governing body confirmed a representative of the National Union of Teachers met with its members at the school early last week and that a further meeting was held on Friday, November 20, following which a number of grievances were handed to the chair of governors by the teaching union.

The school say this was the first time governors and school had been made aware of any concerns by these staff and that the chair of governors is now considering the comments and will be meeting informally with each member of staff…

More (including details of the statements issued by the school) at: Controversy breaks over the treatment of teaching staff at ‘outstanding’ Radstock school

 

It is difficult to understand exactly what is happening here from this report and I can’t find the full statements from the school online but clearly all is not well. Any local insights?

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  1. The Somerset Guardian received a number of anonymous phone calls
    reportedly from former teachers after a letter was sent out by the
    school on Thursday, November 19, informing parents headteacher Pepe
    Hart, who has been at Trinity since it opened a decade ago, was leaving
    the school to take up a new post.

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