Another School Governor Quits Board

The Five Islands School

The Vice Chair of the Five Islands School Governing Body has quit.

Gail Sibley’s resignation from the role follows Merryn Smith, who gave up the Chairmanship this week, after just over one week in the role.

We understand that nobody wanted to take on those positions so a group of four governors will now act as a joint-Chairman until their meeting in the middle of July. They are not revealing the names of those four.

There are concerns that if the Chair position cannot be filled by then, the Department for Education may step in.

Governors broke off their meeting on Tuesday night to take legal advice on the phone.

The Governors have already made the DfE aware of the situation and ScillyToday understands that the Education Secretary Michael Gove has been directly informed of governors’ concerns. The islands MP is also involved.

Andrew George says he has contacted the Council over the suspension of the School headteacher following around two dozen letters he’s received from residents.

Mr George says he has not had what he calls ‘a satisfactory response’ to questions raised. Andrew says the Town Hall is either unable, or refusing, to provide answers.

Whilst he appreciates that they can’t give a blow-by-blow commentary of an investigation, he says he, “shares the concerns of many constituents who want more assurance in the public domain.”

Andrew George intends to hold public meetings if there is demand to discuss the school problems when he visits the islands to discuss constituent concerns on July 19th.

A consultant headteacher sourced through North Somerset, the Authority that partners with our LEA, has interviewed staff and governors following a no-confidence petition in the headteacher.

A report will be presented to governors next week.

Governors have not been told when they will hear why they were asked to suspend Bryce Wilby on May 19th.

Cornwall Council auditors have removed laptops, computers and original meeting minutes from the school site for their investigation work into alleged discrepancies.


5 Responses to Another School Governor Quits Board

  1. Em J June 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Well said both TomD and Frank. People need to start using their common sense before making comments that are clearly not well thought out. For the record, I believe Andrew George has been denying saying certain things yet others have heard him say them live on the radio… I think we need to pay careful attention to what he IS saying so we know exactly where he stands on this.

  2. Todd Stevens June 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Farce!- pure and simple.

  3. Frank Gray June 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    It’s a fraud investigation! Mr George should be well aware that fraud investigations are lengthy, detailed and time consuming. Release of information as to the details of the investigation could easily compromise the investigation itself. Seizure of computers, documents etc is all routine investigation activity in order to preserve evidence, if there is any to be found. It’s not nice for anybody involved in such investigations but we have to be patient and wait to see the outcomes.

  4. Rich Kendrick June 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    what in the name of sanity is happening on Scilly at my Children’s School? Headteacher suspended without explanation, School Governors resigning left, right and centre and the Council not giving any kind of information? These are OUR Children, they have a right to a good, safe, undisruptive education and we as parents have a right to know what on earth is going on!

    • TomD June 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      If you are worried about your child, how about contacting your child’s class tutor rather than spouting off on a message board?. From those I speak to who work at the school, things are fine and students are doing well with no disruption whatsoever. It’s these ridiculous comments that cause upset.