A decision over the future leadership of two primary schools has been delayed after the parents' consultation period was extended last week

Dawlish Primary School, Leyton

Dawlish Primary School, Leyton

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A decision which was due today on a proposed joining of two primary schools in Leyton has been delayed.

The controversial ‘merger’ would see the head of Newport Primary School take over the running of Dawlish Primary School in Jesse Road on a permanent basis.

Both schools would have a joint governing body which would decide on how to spend budgets.

However, the consultation period which was supposed to end last night- ahead of today’s decision – has been extended until Wednesday.

Parents and former teachers at Dawlish have spoken out against the proposal because of fear that the Dawlish ‘community’ will be eradicated and the worry that they will have only one governor to represent them on the board.

It is now not clear when a final decision will be made.

Since the head of Dawlish Primar School left due to illness in 2013 Prue Barnes has been leading both schools.

Her ‘success’ is credited as the council’s reason for agreeing with the joining.

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2:51pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Little_Australian says...

The last time the new cabinet member for children was quoted on this issue he seemed so determined to plough ahead with this and to hell with what anyone else thought. So why now the hesitation? He has been in the job barely two months and it seems that the first decisive action he has taken already has the foul stench of a u-turn hanging over it.
The last time the new cabinet member for children was quoted on this issue he seemed so determined to plough ahead with this and to hell with what anyone else thought. So why now the hesitation? He has been in the job barely two months and it seems that the first decisive action he has taken already has the foul stench of a u-turn hanging over it. Little_Australian
  • Score: 0

5:11pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Hutch321 says...

I am so grateful for this forum in the Guardian online as it's enabled the Dawlish community to have a public voice. Many parents, both at Newport and Dawlish have experienced the frustration of having their concerns brushed aside by school management. Prue Barnes only performed a u-turn over her policy concerning Ramadam when the BBC reported on the issue earlier this month. Likewise, Cate Duffy from WF Education Improvement Services has written to Dawlish parents and informed us of the decision to extend the consultation period because of "recent comments in the Waltham Forest Guardian and in some of the consulation responses". Her mistake is to dismiss the comments about Prue Barnes' leadership style and bedside manner as "both inaccurate and unjustified", instead of investigating. Bookshop, Teddy Bear's Picnic, Sports Day, Year 6 Trip & Leavers' Do have all been hastily arranged in an attempt to appease the Dawlish Community. It certainly speaks volumes when children collectively express their dismay when informed in Assembly that their school may be joining with Newport. Publicity photos will doubtless appear, showing the children having a 'great time' during Sports Day, yet their true feelings have been edited from their school reports. Propaganda. It's a disgrace. The Council has a duty to act.
I am so grateful for this forum in the Guardian online as it's enabled the Dawlish community to have a public voice. Many parents, both at Newport and Dawlish have experienced the frustration of having their concerns brushed aside by school management. Prue Barnes only performed a u-turn over her policy concerning Ramadam when the BBC reported on the issue earlier this month. Likewise, Cate Duffy from WF Education Improvement Services has written to Dawlish parents and informed us of the decision to extend the consultation period because of "recent comments in the Waltham Forest Guardian and in some of the consulation responses". Her mistake is to dismiss the comments about Prue Barnes' leadership style and bedside manner as "both inaccurate and unjustified", instead of investigating. Bookshop, Teddy Bear's Picnic, Sports Day, Year 6 Trip & Leavers' Do have all been hastily arranged in an attempt to appease the Dawlish Community. It certainly speaks volumes when children collectively express their dismay when informed in Assembly that their school may be joining with Newport. Publicity photos will doubtless appear, showing the children having a 'great time' during Sports Day, yet their true feelings have been edited from their school reports. Propaganda. It's a disgrace. The Council has a duty to act. Hutch321
  • Score: 3

5:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

leytonoldboy2 says...

Little_Australian wrote:
The last time the new cabinet member for children was quoted on this issue he seemed so determined to plough ahead with this and to hell with what anyone else thought. So why now the hesitation? He has been in the job barely two months and it seems that the first decisive action he has taken already has the foul stench of a u-turn hanging over it.
I think I can answer. They were criticised for not seeming to want people to take part in the consultation process so he told the Guardian he was 'urging' people to respond and return their forms. They were criticised for not allowing enough time between closing date and governors meeting to discuss the responses so they have added time for both. They were criticised for not listening to parents so now they can say 'See, we do listen!'. I think we'd be a bit silly to assume these things show a genuine concern for what people think.
[quote][p][bold]Little_Australian[/bold] wrote: The last time the new cabinet member for children was quoted on this issue he seemed so determined to plough ahead with this and to hell with what anyone else thought. So why now the hesitation? He has been in the job barely two months and it seems that the first decisive action he has taken already has the foul stench of a u-turn hanging over it.[/p][/quote]I think I can answer. They were criticised for not seeming to want people to take part in the consultation process so he told the Guardian he was 'urging' people to respond and return their forms. They were criticised for not allowing enough time between closing date and governors meeting to discuss the responses so they have added time for both. They were criticised for not listening to parents so now they can say 'See, we do listen!'. I think we'd be a bit silly to assume these things show a genuine concern for what people think. leytonoldboy2
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8:02pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Hutch321 says...

Can anyone log onto Newport's website? It's been unavailable for weeks. How are Newport parents meant to know that they are in a consultation period? It's been so cleverly hidden that none shown up to the consultation meetings held at Newport School. If they did show up slightly late, they would have found that one closed within 5 minutes and the other closed within 3 minutes. No waiting around ! Also, does anyone know which of the following teachers being brought in to teach at Dawlish from September currently teach at Newport: Lisa Page, Gemma McHugh, Victoria Ross, Anne Jagoya, Jared Bouley and Amirun Nessa? They are to replace the 6 class teachers who will leave Dawlish this week.
Can anyone log onto Newport's website? It's been unavailable for weeks. How are Newport parents meant to know that they are in a consultation period? It's been so cleverly hidden that none shown up to the consultation meetings held at Newport School. If they did show up slightly late, they would have found that one closed within 5 minutes and the other closed within 3 minutes. No waiting around ! Also, does anyone know which of the following teachers being brought in to teach at Dawlish from September currently teach at Newport: Lisa Page, Gemma McHugh, Victoria Ross, Anne Jagoya, Jared Bouley and Amirun Nessa? They are to replace the 6 class teachers who will leave Dawlish this week. Hutch321
  • Score: 1

8:13pm Sun 27 Jul 14

leytonoldboy2 says...

Still getting 'newportschool.org.u
k has been disabled'. Either that's suspicious or means their IT skills are questionable. Would love to be a fly on the wall at tomorrow's governors meeting about the consultation. I think we all know what the decision will be but it would be interesting to know what is said.
Still getting 'newportschool.org.u k has been disabled'. Either that's suspicious or means their IT skills are questionable. Would love to be a fly on the wall at tomorrow's governors meeting about the consultation. I think we all know what the decision will be but it would be interesting to know what is said. leytonoldboy2
  • Score: 0

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