Remember to vote.

ballot-box[1]As all parents of children at the school should know, there is currently an election running for a Parent Governor.

The Governing Body is basically in charge of the school; the head reports to them, and they set overall policy. There are ten members; two are school staff (one being the headteacher), one from the LEA, one parent governor, and six foundation governors (one always being the parish priest.)

It should be apparent, therefore, that the influence of the parent governor is likely to be limited, but it is at least a voice in the place that matters.

Parent governors are selected by the parents, which is what the current vote is for.  The foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop.  You can see the a list of governors, prior to the recent events, still on the school website.

Please take the time to cast your vote; ballot papers should be returned to school in a sealed an signed envelope by Friday 14th.

And yes,  I’m standing.  You can read about me, and the other candidates, on the rear of the ballot paper. I’d be honoured if you select me. But whomever you choose, please do vote – this is one of the very few opportunities parents have to give their input to the operation of the school.

– Rob.

First Response

Letter received from Nick Page, Strategic Director for Children’s Services –

sjp letter thumbThank you for your letter which I received on 14 January, 2014 regarding the complaint you have raised about actions of the Governing Body at St Joseph’s RC Primary School. I have liaised with the Diocese of Salford as it is their role to deal with complaints of this type. You will be hearing from them in due course.

The former Headteacher Miss Margaret Ambrose asked for early retirement in November after many years at the school. It was her personal decision and she told parents just before Christmas to, in her own words, “avoid any fuss.”

This has undoubtedly come as a surprise and something of a shock to parents. The governors are extremely grateful for the many years of dedication which Miss Ambrose has given to St Joseph’s RC Primary School. While we are touched by the parents’ feelings and messages of support for Miss Ambrose we would ask them to respect her choice to retire and to support the school as we move forward.

The Governing Body, working closely with the Local Authority and Diocese, have secured a strong and experienced leadership team to lead the school until such time as a new, permanent Headteacher can be appointed.

I’m not wholly convinced that they can offload responsibility to deal with complaints to the Diocese quite like that, so will examine the legislation more closely.