Governors issue statement over Bruntcliffe concerns

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A second meeting has been called at Morley Town Hall next week to discuss concerns over Bruntcliffe School.

More than 80 people attended an initial meeting last week and Morley Borough Independent councillors are to meet Education Leeds chiefs on Friday to discuss concerns that have been raised, including recent GCSE results.

This morning the school’s governors issued a statement to the Observer & Advertiser and Batley News.

It said: “At Bruntcliffe School we use the Leeds City Council model complaints policy for all formal complaints into the school.

“Formal complaints are always investigated carefully, often led by a trained governor. It is unfortunate that a small number of parents/carers have not used the school’s complaints system effectively to raise concerns.

“The governors continue to support the school as we move forward through the “Requires Improvement” Ofsted grade, towards our ultimate goal of becoming a “good” school. We would ask that all parents/carers support us as we do this, by ensuring their children are ready for learning at Bruntcliffe School.

“We know that the community wants to support its community-maintained school to be a great success for all the children we serve.”

Headteacher Heather Scott was appointed in 2012 and said she would turn Bruntcliffe into an oustanding school within five years.

She said: “It is a long job and there is no quick win.”

“We understand the frustrations of parents who may have hoped we would turn it around in a year but it cannot be done.

“We have made a lot of changes and when Ofsted have visited us they have praised us for the progress we are making.”

Ms Scott said she had a proven track record of improving schools.

“When I took over Barlby High School in Selby, it was in a similar situation in Bruntcliffe,” she said.

“We made a lot of positive changes and in its last Ofsted visit it was rated as good. I am confident we will see similar changes here.”

Bruntcliffe School was rated as “requires improvement” by Ofsted inspectors in May this year. It takes pupils mainly from Morley and Birstall.

A second meeting will be held in Morley Town Hall on Monday September 22, from 7pm.