An experienced headteacher has
been brought in to shore up a Coventry school taken into special
Government inspectors decided
that Gosford Park Primary School in Humber Avenue, Stoke, needed
special action to take it out of decline following an inspection in
January this year.
The school was found to have
serious weaknesses in November 1998 because of difficulties with
special needs pupils.
Despite action to try and
improve the situation, inspectors decided that matters had got worse.
The behaviour of some pupils
was deemed to be so bad that it was disrupting teachers and affecting
other pupilís achievements.
Since then, the headteacher,
Judith Olney, who was appointed to the school following the first
inspection, has taken early retirement.
An experienced acting
headteacher, Derek Gardiner, currently head of Ravensdale Primary
School, will step in.
And Coventry City Council has
decided to appoint three new governors to support any changes that are
They are: Elaine Hancox, who
retires as head of Sherbourne Fields special school at the end of this
month; Cllr Karen McKay (Soc, St Michaelís) who is a parent of a
pupil at the school; and parent Ian Marborde, who will help develop
the schoolís Information Technology.
In a report on the situation,
Dave Simpson of the city councilís education department said of Mr
Gardinerís switch from Ravensdale:
of the councilís £261,000 budget earmarked for helping schools with
difficulties will be given to the school to help pay for improvements.
ďThe appointment has been
agreed by both school governing bodies and is a reflection of the
collaborative working between primary schools in the city.Ē