Councillor demands resignation after he is asked to leave Richmond School meeting

Darlington and Stockton Times: SCHOOL DISPUTE: Parent Fraser Brown, left, and local councillor Stuart Parsons at Richmond School, where the entire board of governors resigned SCHOOL DISPUTE: Parent Fraser Brown, left, and local councillor Stuart Parsons at Richmond School, where the entire board of governors resigned

AN angry councillor has demanded the resignation of a school governing board chairman who refused to let him stay in a meeting.

Coun Stuart Parsons was told he had to leave the meeting called by Richmond School's interim executive board (IEB), which was held at the school on Thursday evening.

Chair of the IEB, Chris Lewis, told him the meeting was only for parents and carers.

However, the district and county councillor said members of the senior leadership team, including head Ian Robertson, remained in the meeting.

The meeting was called after the school's previous governing body resigned en masse.

The school and North Yorkshire County Council have refused to reveal the background to the dispute which led to the resignations, prompting more than 150 people to sign a petition calling for greater transparency.

Coun Parsons said: “I tried to explain to him that I was a representative on the local body which ran the school and that under national legislation I was viewed as a corporate parent but he still asked me to leave.

“It was totally unacceptable and I smell a cover up.

“I believe the chair of the IEB should resign with immediate affect and the other members should consider their positions.”

It is understood more than 150 parents people attended the meeting.

Parent Fraser Brown said he had been impressed by the IEB.

“I thought it was overwhelmingly positive from the parents' perspective and it drew a line under many things,” he said.

Mr Brown said he was impressed by the way the chairman handled the meeting and had absolute confidence in both the chair and the IEB.

The county council said it understood the meeting was held for parents to meet members of the IEB.

It added in a statement: “However, it is important that in addition to strong engagement with parents, that the new IEB also develops a positive relationship with local members.

“They are the elected representatives of the community and it is in the interests of all to establish relationships of mutual respect.

“We are disappointed that there were misunderstandings at last night’s meeting and believe a meeting between the IEB, local representatives and headteacher should now be offered as a matter of priority.”

The council added that Mr Lewis recognised the need and the importance of discussing matters with local members.

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8:01pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Howardscorton says...

just more examples of the ways that senior management has been manipulating, controlling and bullying for years now. If the IEB has any hope of sorting this mess out they should be talking to ALL people with an interest in the wellbeing of this school and its rapid recent decline. It just isn't right to ignore so many students, parents, staff members etc (past & present) who are so worried about it. To date more than 150 people have signed a petition calling for an independent investigation. Over 40 have left comments with many referring to dictatorial bullying management there. In a town the size of Richmond these are not insignificant numbers. Listen to these people, they have something to say

http://www.change.or
g/petitions/interim-
executive-governors-
richmond-school-end-
the-cover-up-at-rich
mond-school
just more examples of the ways that senior management has been manipulating, controlling and bullying for years now. If the IEB has any hope of sorting this mess out they should be talking to ALL people with an interest in the wellbeing of this school and its rapid recent decline. It just isn't right to ignore so many students, parents, staff members etc (past & present) who are so worried about it. To date more than 150 people have signed a petition calling for an independent investigation. Over 40 have left comments with many referring to dictatorial bullying management there. In a town the size of Richmond these are not insignificant numbers. Listen to these people, they have something to say http://www.change.or g/petitions/interim- executive-governors- richmond-school-end- the-cover-up-at-rich mond-school Howardscorton
  • Score: -4

8:11am Sat 5 Apr 14

darloboss says...

something stinks here and its not the drains
something stinks here and its not the drains darloboss
  • Score: -6

12:39pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Davy Crocket says...

A message to OFSTED .... Put the school into special measures.
A message to OFSTED .... Put the school into special measures. Davy Crocket
  • Score: -12

4:16pm Fri 11 Apr 14

worriede says...

Howardscorton wrote:
just more examples of the ways that senior management has been manipulating, controlling and bullying for years now. If the IEB has any hope of sorting this mess out they should be talking to ALL people with an interest in the wellbeing of this school and its rapid recent decline. It just isn't right to ignore so many students, parents, staff members etc (past & present) who are so worried about it. To date more than 150 people have signed a petition calling for an independent investigation. Over 40 have left comments with many referring to dictatorial bullying management there. In a town the size of Richmond these are not insignificant numbers. Listen to these people, they have something to say

http://www.change.or

g/petitions/interim-

executive-governors-

richmond-school-end-

the-cover-up-at-rich

mond-school
Once again we read about Richmond headmaster in the papers. Why would this man allegedly think he can award a contract for work at the school without following proper channels. Once again who ever granted him permission from NYCC needs looking at and investigated this is tax payers money they are using.
[quote][p][bold]Howardscorton[/bold] wrote: just more examples of the ways that senior management has been manipulating, controlling and bullying for years now. If the IEB has any hope of sorting this mess out they should be talking to ALL people with an interest in the wellbeing of this school and its rapid recent decline. It just isn't right to ignore so many students, parents, staff members etc (past & present) who are so worried about it. To date more than 150 people have signed a petition calling for an independent investigation. Over 40 have left comments with many referring to dictatorial bullying management there. In a town the size of Richmond these are not insignificant numbers. Listen to these people, they have something to say http://www.change.or g/petitions/interim- executive-governors- richmond-school-end- the-cover-up-at-rich mond-school[/p][/quote]Once again we read about Richmond headmaster in the papers. Why would this man allegedly think he can award a contract for work at the school without following proper channels. Once again who ever granted him permission from NYCC needs looking at and investigated this is tax payers money they are using. worriede
  • Score: -16

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