Headteacher to leave failing school after Ofsted put it into special measures

Cambridge News is reporting that the headteacher of a local school put into special measures is leaving his post…

Trinity School in Cambridgeshire, which is supposed to improve the prospects of some of the county’s most vulnerable young people, was given a damning assessment by Ofsted last month.

Executive principal Jim Simon’s team was heavily criticised for inadequate leadership, poor performance management of staff and a failure to “ensure that each pupil has a broad, balanced and relevant education”…

It was described by one teachers’ union member as among the worst Ofsted reports he had seen.

Sources close to the school have told the News how bad things were.

They painted a picture of chaotic management and staff rushing to leave the school, which led to bad behaviour from pupils, who were aged 11-16 and all had statements.

One said: “Violence increased, pupils were assaulting each other, there were something like two attacks on staff, they were even running around on the roof. That’s their way of showing when things are going wrong…”

Several ex-members of staff have come forward to say that Mr Simon should never have been appointed.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “Mr Simon is an experienced headteacher who had successfully taken Nene Gate School in Peterborough out of special measures prior to his appointment to the executive headship of Trinity School.

“By mutual agreement, Mr Simon has decided to leave the employment of Trinity School as from the December 31, 2014. The details of this agreement are confidential, but we can confirm that Mr Simon has received no more than his contractual entitlement…

Geoff Fewtrell, from the NASUWT teaching union, said: “The local authority may have kept too much of a distance from the problem, assuming that maybe it was more about personal ill feeling towards the headteacher, but I think they should have listened earlier…”

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove High staff turnover a major contributing factor to what seems a somewhat chaotic place (according to media). Take note HTs

  2. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove A close relative of mine had to leave because had not done enough to promote religious education through medium of Welsh.

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