DfE Issues Public Warning to Scilly Council and School

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School

The Department for Education has this afternoon issued a public warning to the Five Islands School governors and the Council of the Isles of Scilly that they will not hesitate to take action if improvements in governance do not take place.

They also say they are “clear that both the school and the Council broke the law.”

Inspectors went into the school last November to question staff and governors about the way in which the suspension of former head teacher Bryce Wilby was handled.

An interim DfE report made recommendations on how to improve school governance.

It called for restructuring of the governing body with more mainland input. It also recommended a move to academy status for the school.

Governors had a chance to respond and Education Secretary Michael Gove considered their reply before finalising the report. Last week, he issued that final report to the Council and governing body.

Yesterday the governors and Town Hall issued statements accepting the DfE finding that both organisations failed to follow correct procedures.

The Council and governors claimed that no further action would now be taken.

But this afternoon, the DfE has responded with a strongly worded statement, which says that’s not necessarily the case.

They write: “We are clear that both the school and the council have broken the law. We have written to them setting out our findings and await their responses as to how they will make sure this will not happen again.”

A DfE spokesperson goes on to say: “We will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to take action if the necessary improvements are not made.”



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