Another Governor Quits School Board

Dave Stone

Another Five Islands School governor has quit.

Dave Stone says he couldn’t go on because he wasn’t comfortable with decisions made by the Local Authority and the governing body.

He doesn’t regret serving on the governing body because it gave him a “fascinating insight” and that’s prompted him to ask that islanders don’t criticise governors, “until you know the full picture.”

Dave says the complex work was very challenging with what he alleges is, “interference from the local authority.”

The Council’s Lead Member for Children, David Pearson, has previously told us that the authority’s involvement has been on behalf of the children and with the youngsters’ interest at heart.

Despite the pressures on the governing body in the aftermath of the suspension and resignation of the school head teacher, four additional parents had offered to serve as governors by yesterday’s closing date for nomination.

There are two places to fill so there may be an election.

An additional two vacancies are special appointees. The Council will choose someone to fill the space vacated by Merryn Smith. The Diocese will also pick Gail Sibley’s replacement.

The Council could appoint their own governing body if the Board continues to operate without a chair and vice chair, but ScillyToday understands the governors intend to make those appointments next Wednesday.

Some governors have been able to review a report written by a consultant head teacher from North Somerset. That’s the authority that the council, as LEA, contracts with for education support.

Councillors were offered a summary at a closed-door meeting on Monday.

John Sullivan interviewed staff and governors over the vote of no confidence by school staff and employees who did not sign the petition were also questioned.

ScillyToday understands that his findings don’t create a favourable impression of the former head teacher, based on feedback gleaned during the series of interviews over 10 days.


5 Responses to Another Governor Quits School Board

  1. Diane Cidade July 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

    And why does your opinion count for more, TomD? What information are you yourself using to make up your opinions to say that Mr. Wilby was unsuited for the position? How can you say that academic standards are high and totally cut out the former head teacher’s role in such examples? Are you implying that those high standards and awards are despite him? He did nothing in the 3 years he was there to gain those and was wholly a negative force in the school? And what information is at the base of your comments that the Governors were ‘dysfunctional’?

    I’m not arguing Mr. Wilby’s case, merely trying to keep an open mind in regards to facts, but until we have more transparency in the whole matter, TomD, your opinions are going to seem as biased as anyone’s on the issues here. Make yourself known, bring some facts and evidence to the table, declare your interests and then we can have serious, productive discussions outside of an internet forum and actually get things resolved.

  2. Todd Stevens July 13, 2012 at 1:30 am

    A large part of My taxes go into education so I have a right to comment like everyone else. Problems:- 5 governors resign in recent weeks. A remarkable amount of Head Teachers have passed this way in recent years. Claims and counter claims as to who was the real driving force behind the suspension of Wilby, a man who played a large part in the accolades/achievments you describe Tom. Now Mr Stone claims “interference from the local authority” Its obvious, even to an idiot like me, where the real problem is. “Mature and serious discussion”? thats rich coming from the benefit of anonymity Tom?

  3. TomD July 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Todd where do you get your remarkable insight into almost everything? I doubt whether you’ve ever set foot in the school or had a meaningful conversation with staff who work there, however you talk about “the real problems” at the school. The institution is working well, academic standards are high, it wins awards and presents a positive image to all agencies it deals with, both here and on the mainland. The problems it has are simply a head that was singularly unsuited to the post he had, and a dysfunctional set of Governors. Enigmatic, destructive and uninformed quips by you have no place in a mature and serious discussion.

  4. Frank July 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Can someone please just tell everyone what the headteacher did? We found out exactly what Bob Diamond did, and he was working for a private business, so why cant we find out what the headteacher of the school has done?

    Why did he suddenly decide to ‘resign’? Was the catalyst for his resignation borne of the same issue that led to his suspension?

    It’s really worrying when the most clandestine organisation on the islands is the school.

  5. Todd Stevens July 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Well said for speaking out Sir- sadly I fear yours will be yet another voice that will be ignored here. One day our councillors will wake up to where the real problems lie at the school- and everywhere else!