Ilfracombe governors suspended

Children, who are unidentifiable, playing in the school play ground

Posted on: 7 February 2019

Three governors have been suspended from the federation which runs Ilfracombe Infants and Goodleigh primary schools.

The suspensions were confirmed by the governing body this week. They start immediately and run for six months.

In a letter to each governor, the chair of governors, Nadine Sampson, says:

“The board’s decision was based on the proposal that you have been acting in a way that is inconsistent with the ethos of the federation and that these actions were bringing the federation, the governing board and the role of governor into disrepute.

“The governing board did not take this action lightly, but felt that it would be in the best interests for the future of the federation, and the ability of the board and the leadership to take both the schools forward in a spirit of co-operation and mutual success.”

A consultation is currently taking place on breaking up the federation.

But in a letter to Mrs Sampson, Devon County Council’s head of education, Dawn Stabb, says:

“I am saddened to hear of this proposal to defederate.

“It has been a long-term strategy of Devon County Council to encourage schools to work more closely together in formal partnerships and we have experience of some very successful federations.

“More than half of our schools operate within a formal partnership and we are confident that this is the way to ensure more pupils have access to the best leadership and the widest resources to support their learning.

“I am aware that there have been a number of issues raised by governors and former staff from Ilfracombe over the life of the federation.

“However I am confident that the leadership of the federation has worked hard to address these issues and, whilst there remains work to be done, I am of the opinion that keeping the federation in place and intact remains the best option for both school communities.”

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