Unions welcome resignation of Oldfield School head Kim Sparling

The Bath Chronicle is reporting that unions have welcomed the resignation of Oldfield School head Kim Sparling, saying it will allow staff to move forward after a turbulent few weeks…

The NUT, NASUWT and ATL had jointly been involved in supporting teachers with their grievances against Mrs Sparling, which were highlighted in a leaked unpublished Ofsted report following an inspection before Christmas.

The situation at the Kelston Road academy regarding the head teacher’s leadership and management style had got so bad that union members considered going out on strike over the way they said they had been treated.

Wendy Exton, from the Bath branch of the NASUWT, welcomed Mrs Sparling’s departure and said she hoped the move would help rebuild parents’ confidence in the school.

She said: “This is the best outcome that my members could have wished for.

“The school can now move forward with a happy committed staff who are properly led and managed. This in turn will benefit the educational experience of its pupils.

“Hopefully now parents will regain their confidence in the standard of education and care that Oldfield provides.”

…Meanwhile, B&NES Council’s cabinet member for early years, children and youth Councillor Dine Romero has said the local authority has welcomed the promise of better links between Oldfield and the council and other Bath schools.

She said: “This has been a difficult time for all those associated with Oldfield School. So it is good to have seen the letter from Lord Nash and the DfE and I hope that this finally draws a line between the previous governance and the new…”

Oldfield staff and parents were informed of Mrs Sparling’s resignation last Thursday, with a letter sent out explaining what would happen next at the school.

Chair of governors Stuart Weatherall said acting head Matthew Woodville, who had been in charge during Mrs Sparling’s recent sick leave, would continue in the post while a permanent replacement was found…

All mentions of Mrs Sparling have been wiped from Oldfield’s website, with a photograph of Mr Woodville now uploaded to the Meet the Head Teacher section…

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There seems to be much relief all round that Kim Sparling has resigned, but does anyone feel anyone discomfort at the way this has been resolved? The critical Ofsted report was never published, and surely must therefore be disregarded, and the recent letter from the EFA seems to focus on issues of governance. If Kim Sparling has a case to answer, should this not have been addressed officially and a proper investigation held with a public report on the findings, whatever they happened to be? As it is now, no one really knows what was going on and what the right and wrongs were which is surely not ideal for any of the parties concerned? What do you think? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

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