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MOSELEY MERGER MYSTERY

02-03-2010

Queensbridge School

The row over the enforced merger of Moseley School with nearby Queensbridge intensified last night, with angry parents opposed to the move vowing they won’t be silenced. Birmingham Council has said the creation of a Trust combining the schools was “essential to improve standards.”

As we reported yesterday, making Moseley the junior partner in the alliance seems curious in the extreme – not least because it’s currently outperforming Queensbridge in the government’s key indicator of pupils achieving five good GCSE’s including English and Maths.

The head of Moseley’s recently disbanded Governing Body Dr David Simons-Jones has now contacted The Stirrer to give his side of the story, and revealed that he and his colleagues recently gave a vote of no confidence in “superhead” Tim Boyes – who oversees both schools - despite initially welcoming him.

Simons-Jones and the other parent governors have now been sacked and replaced by an Interim Executive Board that doesn’t include any pupils’ mums and dads.

“Under this plan it effectively becomes one school,” he said.

“This is not going to be good for Moseley. It will destroy its character.”

Simons-Jones – whose 14-year old daughter is a pupil at Moseley – argues that its academic record was already starting to turn around under the previous head David Peck, and insists the merger is not popular.

“We intend to hold a public meeting to get the opinion of parents, but we think we know already – parents are not in favour of it at all.

“The Interim Executive Board are all puppets – we’re not going to be puppets. We paid for that school, and we’re not going to be shut up.”

Birmingham City Council said: “"After issuing two Statutory Warning Notices over a period of eight months, the Local Authority applied to the Secretary of State to remove the Governing Body of Moseley School.

“The application was based on the Governing Body’s refusal to implement a plan to secure improvements in standards. This resulted in a breakdown in relationships between the governors and the acting Headteacher, and between the governors and the LA.

“The Secretary of State recognised that this was severely hampering progress at the school and agreed that, in the circumstances, the appointment of an Interim Executive Board was essential to lead the major changes required to improve standards significantly at the school. The Secretary of State’s view is that the local authority has acted reasonably.

”The Interim Executive Board consists of five members all of whom know the school and have a background in education at a senior level.

”In January 2009 the governors of Moseley School welcomed Mr Boyes as the Interim Head and were encouraged by the way standards rose last summer. It is already certain that results will rise again this summer.

“The Local Authority is keen not to lose this momentum and has agreed a plan with the Department for Children, Schools and Families for Moseley to become a Trust School. Clearly Moseley School, with an excellent and innovative new curriculum in year 7, has the capacity to go on improving".

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