Parents will be aware that following a recent monitoring visit of the school in June, which reviewed progress since the inspection in 2014, Estyn have placed the school in special measures. The report can be found on the school website.
The school continues to work hard to address the recommendations of the 2014 report, however, as I have indicated previously, it is clear that performance in specific areas needs to improve more quickly. Work on developing teaching, learning and leadership will continue but more rigorous monitoring is required. Our progress will also be supported and monitored by the Local Education Authority and Education Advisory Service (EAS).
Following Estyn feedback on June 22nd 2017 and the judgement of Special Measures, the local authority has reviewed its use of statutory powers and has appointed a further three additional governors to the governing body, and recommended that the Chair of Governors is replaced with the LA’s chosen chair (Tracy McKim). This decision was agreed at the governing body meeting in July.
Both the local authority and governing body were keen to acknowledge the work of Andrew Goddard, at the aforementioned meeting. Mr Goddard has held the role of Chair of Governors for the past three years and has worked tirelessly to increase the effectiveness of governance at the school.
St Julian’s School is keen to continue to work in partnership with the local authority and the appointment of a new chair, along with a challenge advisor will support this. The use of statutory powers is a clear sign that standards within the school must improve quickly and this will be jointly monitored through the governing body and Intervention Plan Monitoring meetings.
The governing body is fully committed to the school and will be working with staff and parents to ensure that we do the very best for the young people and the community.