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Council probe role of school governors after report
12:30pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
The role of school governors, and the help they get from Cornwall Council, is to come under closer scrutiny following last week’s disclosures in the Packet about Falmouth’s King Charles school.
The school is now in Special Measures and is being fast-tracked into becoming an Academy, following a damning Ofsted report which criticised the quality of teaching.
A confidential Cornwall Council audit investigation into how and why former headteacher Heather Taylor hired supply teachers from a company owned by her husband was severely critical of former King Charles governors.
Most of those who were governors prior to 2011 are no longer involved with the school. Two council investigations found that Mrs Taylor had declared her interest in the company and had broken no rules.
Two former chairs of the school governors have this week written to the Packet defending their role, and criticised the council for failing to take seriously their concerns.
Falmouth councillor Candy Atherton, who has now won backing for a new Select Committee to investigate the council’s handling of the issue, said the review would examine “the quality of governance in schools which it is envisaged will focus on the recruitment and selection of governors, the training and advice they are provided with and the support provided by the authority.”
Meanwhile, more than two months after she was last seen at the school, it is still not clear if Mrs Taylor has resigned, been dismissed or is still in receipt of her headteacher’s salary.
Her solicitor said he could not comment, and the council said it could not comment either as “the situation regarding King Charles is currently subject to legal proceedings” – but the council did not make it clear if Employment Tribunal proceedings had actually started, or were merely under consideration.
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