School will NOT become academy

Chair of governors, Matthew Tomlinson
Chair of governors, Matthew Tomlinson

Governors of a primary school which has been put into special measures by Ofsted say they will NOT allow it to become an academy.

Leyland Methodist School, on Canberra Road, was given the option to become an academy which would give it more freedom from local authority control and freedoms around delivery of the curriculum.

But chairman of governors Matthew Tomlinson has told parents it would be ‘detrimental to the progress of the school’ to go down that route.

In a letter to parents, also sent to the Guardian, Mr Tomlinson said: “Having considered all the interests of the children and the community which this school serves, the governing body of Leyland Methodist Junior School feels that, at this time, it would be detrimental to the progress of the school and its children to resolve to become an academy.

“The governors are committed to the rapid improvements necessary to bring our school out of special measures and up to a ‘good to outstanding’ category.

“We believe the continuity of leadership under the current headteacher to be paramount in this.”

He added: “The Governors resolve to continue to explore further the route to becoming a Methodist Academy and Schools Trust sponsored academy.

“At the same time, the governors seek to establish discussions with Leyland Methodist Infant School towards an ever closer shared future.

“We believe that this is in the best interest of the children of Leyland Methodist Junior School at this time.”

The school has confirmed that four children have left the school since it was put into special measures in April.

The deputy headteacher, who was also a Year 6 teacher, also resigned after only eight weeks in the job.

Three associate headteachers have now been appointed at the school.

They are all on a 12-month contract, one of which is filling the Year 6 position.