Parents defend school described as ‘inadequate’

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CONCERNED parents of pupils at a school dubbed ‘inadequate’ by education watchdog Ofsted have rallied in support of the head teacher and staff.

The Globe Primary School in Lancing has been placed under special measures following a damning report, and could now be forced to become an academy.

But many mums and dads are backing the school and head teacher Heather Keeler, who declared she would quit if the school was forced to change status.

Darren Stuart has a daughter in Year-1 and has set up a parents’ group on Facebook in the wake of the Ofsted report, which he said was harsh and did not reflect daily life at the school.

“My daughter loves going there,” he said.

“The homework is really stretching. For me, as an adult, I struggle to do it and my daughter is six.”

Another parent, Steve Wattam, said he was happy with the school and shocked by the news.

“My son has special needs and the whole team at The Globe are fantastic in their continued support toward his learning,” he said.

“The school has made fantastic progress and I believe in them totally.”

A meeting was held at the school after the report was published, with teachers, governors, the county council, MP Tim Loughton, and more than 200 parents.

Head teacher Heather Keeler and senior members of staff presented the school’s action plan for improvement and took questions from parents.

When asked to comment on the school’s future, Ms Keeler refused to speak to the Herald.

Chairman of governors Linnette King said the governors would work hard to ensure the children got the best learning experience from the school.

“It is important to us that we continue to involve the parents in supporting the children in improving their learning outcomes,” she said.

The governors have made a formal complaint about the inspection, but Ofsted does not comment on individual cases.

Mr Loughton said: “We all realise there are some challenges the school faces, but the picture painted by the report was very different to the school I know.”

He said it had seemed like the inspectors had come in with pre-planned conclusions, and said they had been very ‘offhand and inappropriate’, berating teachers in front of pupils and reducing some to tears.

“It’s important everyone rallies to get through this challenging period to get the school back on track,” he said.

Government guidelines state all ‘failing’ primaries must become academies.