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Government steps in over troubled Bath school

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.

– Department for Education spokesman

Primary school places decided

It was a big day for thousands of children as they discovered which primary school they'll be going to in September, but for some parents, the news wasn't what they wanted to hear.

In Bristol, where demand for primary places is amongst the highest in the country, nearly 20 per cent missed out on their first choice. This report from our Education Correspondent Richard Payne.


82% of parents offered first choice school in Bristol

Cathedral Primary School in Bristol, where 7 children applied for every one of the 30 places on offer. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Primary school places to be announced today

Parents will find out if their children have got their chosen primary school place Credit: PA

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.

Worried parents pack meeting on troubled Bath school

by Richard Payne

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.

Hundreds of schools disrupted by teacher strike

Thousands of children didn't attend school today as members of the biggest teaching union went on strike.

Teachers insist issues over their pay, pensions and working conditions have reached breaking point and their walk-out was the only way to make the Government listen.

Hundreds of schools were disrupted including 47 closed or partially closed in Gloucestershire 35 in Bristol 52 in Somerset and 14 in Wiltshire.


Teachers take strike action across the West

Some schools in the region are partially open Credit: ITV West

Many schools are shut across the West Country today as teachers go on strike.

It's part of a nationwide walk-out organised by the NUT, in a dispute over performance related pay, as well as pensions and conditions.

The Government says the strike's damaging for children's education and will be unpopular with parents.

Public meeting to discuss Bath school.

A public meeting will be held tonight to discuss concerns over Oldfield School Credit: ITV West

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.

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