Bexhill High governors set up parent surgeries

"We will genuinely talk to anyone who wants to talk to us. We can't be more open than that."

Thursday, 1st July 2010, 3:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:15 pm

That's the claim being made by Bexhill High School as it announces dates for governors' surgeries in the next two weeks.

These have been organised in response to the recent OFSTED monitoring visit.

Major concerns raised by inspectors were teaching, learning, and the capacity for standards to be improved.

Next week - July 5 to 9 - school governors are offering surgeries between 2-7pm for year seven parents at Gunters Lane, and year nine at Down Road.

The following week - July 12 to 16 - surgeries are at the same time for year eight at Gunters Lane and year 10 at Down Road.

Parents must telephone the school to make an appointment.

Brian Kentfield, chair of governors, said: "Let me make it very clear, the governors are keen to engage with as many parents as possible.

"Governors are sending a message to every parent - come and speak to us if you wish to."

At these surgeries, parents will be able to speak to governors on an individual basis.

"We want to listen to every parent who wants to speak to us, and we will do so," said Mr Kentfield.

"It is also worth noting that our executive principal Mike Conn has already met a large number of parents in the past few weeks.

"He set out an open invitation for people to speak to him, and some took him up on that offer."

Mr Kentfield also emphasised the swift progress that has been made to the areas highlighted by the OFSTED inspectors.

"Mike Conn and his team have been working very hard, and the changes are there for all of us to see," he said.

"But we realise that there is a lot of work still to be done.

"We are all working together to ensure it all happens."