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Former King Charles head takes director role at firm
9:10am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
The headteacher at the centre of a damning Ofsted report on a Falmouth primary school has resumed her interest in a private company arranging supply teachers.
Heather Taylor has been replaced as |headteacher of King Charles school after Ofsted inspectors ruled the school needed to be placed in special measures.
But last week she was re-instated as a director of SupplyNet Ltd, a company owned by her husband Ian and whose registered address is at Scorrier, Redruth.
Mrs Taylor had previously been a director from 2005 to 2010. SupplyNet’s website says: “We are delighted to announce that we are resurrecting our teaching supply service. The emphasis will be on high quality provision with unrivalled backup both for our staff and the schools we serve.
“We will also be offering complementary |services such as bespoke consultancy services dealing with all aspects of school life.
“With a new office base, new services and a whole new mantra it will take us a while to transform our website but ... we are recruiting now!”
Mrs Taylor was re-appointed as a director earlier this month. Meanwhile she is understood to be considering legal action against Cornwall Council, claiming unfair dismissal. She was due to meet her lawyers as the Packet went to press.
Friends of Mrs Taylor believe she was poorly treated by Cornwall Council, and dispute some of the Ofsted findings. It is not clear if she has resigned, been dismissed or is still employed by Cornwall Council.
The acting headteacher at King Charles is now Claire Fortney, who has been seconded from St Francis school.
It is understood that she will be there for at least a year.
A crisis meeting last week heard a variety of opinions from parents, some of them supportive of Mrs Taylor while others were fiercely critical.
Fiona Osman, Chair of Governors, said “ I would like to thank all those parents who were able to attend the meeting last week.
“As a community we were able to support each other in addressing issues from the past and, |during the course of the evening, it was evident that parents wanted to share the many positive|outcomes their children receive at King Charles.
“They pledged to support the school and asked how they could become more involved. A group of Governors will be leading a Parents' Forum to give feedback and open dialogue on the progress the school makes against the objectives agreed by HMI in the Action Plan. All parents are welcome to attend any of these meetings, the first of which will be held before half-term.
“There is much for staff, governors and parents to do to guide King Charles through Special Measures and we are all committed to doing so effectively and transparently.
“Positive steps have already been taken to ensure that we are set on the right course, and every one of our children makes progress.”
Cornwall Council has declined to answer the Packet’s request for information about Mrs Taylor’s status, including whether she is still in receipt of her salary as King Charles school’s|headteacher.
The council said it was an “operational matter” relating to staffing and therefore could not comment.
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