The Government has intervened at a school in Bath following concerns over the way it was being run. The Department For Education has issued what it calls a 'pre-warning notice' to Oldfield School as the first step in a process which will see the appointment of a new board of governors.
The announcement comes after yesterday's resignation by head teacher Kim Sparling, who had faced criticism over the way she ran the school. Oldfield is an academy, meaning it is overseen by a board of governors outside the control of local education authorities.
The action by the DfE follows a review which found that governance was weak and information sharing between the school and governors was poor.
"An Interim Academy Board will be established to include a new chair of governors and external education and governance experts to oversee the running of the school. The academy trust has also taken steps to respond to the findings, with the election of a new Chair of Governors and investigations underway to look at staff grievances.
Thousands of parents across the West Country find out this morning if their child has been offered a place at their preferred primary school.
Bristol has seen a particular shortage of places in recent years, but the city council says 94% of offers will be for a place at one of their three preferred schools and 82% will be offered their first preference.
Elsewhere, nearly 90% of parents have been offered their first preference in Gloucestershire, 91% in South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.In Dorset, 94% of families secured their first preference.
The anxious wait for thousands of parents and school children will be over later when they find out which primary schools they will be attending. It marks the first National Offer Day for primary schools. Bristol has seen a particular shortage of places in recent years.
Parents of children at a troubled secondary school are asking whether the head teacher should resign after a series of damaging allegations. Oldfield School in Bath is at the centre of a Government investigation after an inspection raised concerns about its leadership and governance.
A new chair of governors told a packed public meeting last night that changes are underway to improve pupil safety and the complaints procedures at the school.
A public meeting is being held tonight to discuss concerns over the running of Oldfield School in Bath. Ofsted has strongly criticised its leadership and management, which led to the Chairman of Governors being replaced.
Councillors, parents and school staff have been invited to tonight's meeting, which was organised by a parent.