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Two teachers suspended from Barrow school

TWO teachers have been suspended from a secondary school.

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A reliable source said two members of staff are believed to be from the English department at St Bernard’s School in Barrow.

Leaders of the Rating Lane school are remaining tight-lipped and refused to confirm or deny the staff had been suspended or why.

Earlier this year the school was told it had serious weaknesses and was classed as “inadequate” after an Ofsted inspection carried out in December last year.

It stated that English had a low profile at the school; too little was done to celebrate students’ best work or to drive programmes to resolve persistent errors in the basic skills of spelling and punctuation, which undermined students’ work across the curriculum.

The report also said that many students were slipping behind and not meeting their targets at the school.

The Ofsted report mentioned a recent document on English by an external consultant, which identified clear weaknesses in subject leadership which was confirmed by them. The findings were not accepted by the English department.

In 20012/13 half the English team was absent for more than 400 days.

They said since their last inspection, overall standards had fallen below average; in particular there was a decline in English in 2012 and 2013.

Overall, students were said to be slipping behind and not meeting their targets.

When contacted yesterday, headteacher Mary Page said she could not comment on rumours that staff had been suspended.

Chair of governors, Steven Andrews, said: “Our position is to protect the privacy of pupils and staff of the school.

“All I can say is that we have no comment to make.”

Have your say

It is a shame that this story has appeared without any prior warning to parents or pupils. A bigger shame that adults commenting on this story find time to slag each other off.
My two daughters attended St Bernard's and my son is in Y8, so I can speak with some knowledge of how the school was and is now being run.
I did not see any difference in the overall performance at English between my eldest daughter and my youngest daughter, ages now 19 and 17.
Both my daughters received good GCSE results, ( 'B' & 'A' respectively ) my 13 year old son is performing at or above the levels my daughters were at when comparing all three children's reports at Y8, so I have no reason to worry about the teaching standards in English, or any other subject for that matter, at St Bernard's. Perhaps, the fact that the school population has increased significantly since the last head was in charge, means there are more under performing children coming to the surface. This will probably become evident in other subjects and time goes by. Stop bickering and support our local schools. PS, my apologies to all the purists in our society, if I have made any errors in my use of English....grow up you muppets!

Posted by Steve Tormey on 14 March 2014 at 14:56

last sentence of the article...

VERY bad PR to say no comment!!

Posted by rachel on 11 March 2014 at 09:50

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