York’s first open forum for primary school pupils is welcoming children to have their say on the city and their views on it.
On Monday 26 June City of York Council is hosting the first ever Primary Voice event with Clifton Green Primary School. 20 schools across the city are sending some 70 participants – pupils and staff – and councillors from all the main political parties will be attending.
Schools have been invited to bring pupils from Years 5 and 6 or from their school council, to come and share the views of their school community.
They can talk to councillors and officers, take part in workshops, hear about how City of York Council operates and experience democracy in action.
The York Council is set to allocate £2.3 million to repair schools in the City.
Among the scheme recommended for approval at a meeting next week are:
- York High school – £141,000 for roof repairs
- Westfield Primary – £115,000 for heating
The full list is:
Tory Councillors in York have taken the unusual step of issuing a leaflet claiming credit for funding a primary school in Seacroft.
With cash strapped schools in Scarcroft in York hoping for investment to deal with overcrowding, we doubt that local parents will be too impressed with the move!
Tory leaflet March 2017
The OFSTED report into York High school has finally been published on their web site.
Copy can be downloaded by clicking here
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Set to become an independent “Academy”
The governments OFSTED inspecting body has released a damming report into teaching standards at York High school. The inspectorate has leaked the report to the media before posting it on their web site. This is hardly the behaviour of a responsible organisation and an action which will frustrate both teachers and parents as they seek to learn more about the “failings”.
In reality several pupils at the school have done remarkably well in recent years and the denigrating comments in The Press about the Westfield community are both ill informed and prejudiced. Unfortunately open media comments pages often provide a channel for the bigoted who usually hide behind a cloak of anonymity.
The school is judged by OFSTED to be “coasting” having received a “good” assessment from the same Inspectors as recently as 2012.
Still, recent poor exam results – particularly in science and languages – have cast a shadow on a school which started in 2009 with an impressive record of innovation and achievement.
The head teacher has already announced his resignation paving the way for a fresh start.
The government will give the school no option but to change to “Academy” status. It is looking to form a link with a group which includes Millthorpe This means a new governing body will be appointed. It may not include community representatives while even parents may lose their voice.
Academies have been criticised in the past for paying high wages to senior administrators and some teachers. On a split campus, which also includes the Energise leisure centre, good relations with neighbours are even more important.
So a sorry saga. The sooner the school is able to move on the better for all concerned.