All Change at Oval School with takeover by The Gypsy Hill Federation

Following the publication of a critical OFSTED Report on Oval Primary School and the placing of Oval School in special measures, Croydon Council LEA has intervened and appointed the Gipsy Hill Federation to take over the running of Oval School. One of the first results is the lost of the Headteacher Ruth Johnston, to be replaced by executive headmaster Craig Tunstall.

The Gypsy Hill Federation is made up of Kingswood and Elm Wood Primary Schools, and more recently has been joined by a third Lambeth school, Paxton Primary School. The stated aims of the federation are “Our Federation recognises the potential of every individual to achieve excellence. We strive to positively address underachievement and have very high expectations for all members of our school community. We work hard to creatively remove barriers to achievement and raise esteem. We are determined to create a true culture of ‘learning for all’ through meaningful partnerships with the whole school community. Everyone works to provide a welcoming, calm, happy and purposeful atmosphere in which, as members of a culturally rich community, we provide an education free from discrimination. Our Federation is characterised by openness and honesty. Consideration, encouragement of positive role models, respect for others, their property and the environment are our priorities. We aim to deliver a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum in an optimum learning environment that is attractive, stimulating, informative and instils a sense of pride.”

This last week parents of the school received letters from the governing body explaining what has happened, that schools who have received a poor Ofsted report are expected to partner up with a more successful school.  Cllr Tim Pollard, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learners on Croydon Council, said “it has all had to be put together very swiftly following the school’s recent Ofsted. The DfE’s policy is to immediately take any school, which drops into a category, out of Local Authority control unless the Local Authority pre-empts this with a very rapid partnering arrangement. Speed is the key.”

more information on what has happened this week can be found at Inside Croydon

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.
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