THE head teacher of St Giles Church of England (Aided) Primary
School, in Matlock, Derbyshire, the Revd Julie Stanton, left her
post last week, allegedly after pressure from some parents.
Once rated "outstanding", the school was placed in special
measures by OFSTED inspectors last June. Their report said that
"inadequate leadership" was a contributing problem.
Inspectors who carried out a monitoring visit last month found
that insufficient improvement had been made at the school, which is
receiving support from the local authority and Derby diocesan
Local newspapers reported that 15 children had been withdrawn
from the school since it had been placed in special measures, and
that the governors had received a petition seeking a new head.
Comments published on the website of a local newspaper, the
Matlock Mercury, however, suggest that other parents were
supportive of Ms Stanton.
The comments say that Ms Stanton, a Non-Stipendiary Minister in
Derby diocese, had been the victim of "bullying" and a "vendetta"
by a small but vocal group of parents. Other parents praised the
pastoral care and Christian atmosphere of the school.
A statement from Derby diocese confirmed that Ms Stanton was
"not in the school for the time being". The diocesan board of
education was working with the local authority to put in place
interim arrangements, the statement said.