My child is being bullied by a school govenour - sorry its so long

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Please read and give me your advie because im at a loss of what to do???
It all started with my daughter being picked as the lead in the school play, all the children auditioned and she was chosen to be dorothy in the wizard of oz. She was great, she learned her part and all the other, sung solos, helped out when other forgot there lines, she really put her all into and was very proud. One of the girls in her class had ome up to her and said my mum said you shouldnt have been the lead in the school play and that you cant come to my party beause your goofy with yellow teeth (my daughter has orthodontal issues, nothing that cant be sorted out with a brace but shes to young). it took a few weeks for my daughter to tell me and when iasked her why she said it was because the mother was a govenour and that she was worried she would stop the teachers from liking her, so i went into to see the head teacher, told her the whole story inluding my childs conerns and left it with them a week later this girl was still telling my daughter some unsavory things her mother had said, several meeting with the head teacher and class teacher and i was getting nowhere, they would tell the girl off, she would cry and it would start all over again. Now i dont blame the little firl at all she was simply repeating things her mother had said to her. After a month of this becoming an almost daily occurance and trying to reassure my daughter and urging her to just ignore and walk away i demande a meeting with the head goveneour of the school, hoping for a resolution, he was aggressive towards me and my partner from the outset and even told my partner he wasnt allowed an opinion because he wasnt her dad, despite having been together 6 years and him attending 6 yeras of parents evening, school plays and collecting her from school. The head govenour said the women had admitted to the things she said, he had given her a verbal warning "a slap on the wrists" to quote and what more did i want? When i replied that given the severity and continuity of the situation i believe she should resign her post, he said this wasnt going to happen and if i tried to pursue this further he would accuse me of a "witch hunt" and bullying" and if i didnt like his decision i should take my daughter to another school, now i did onsider this but as its her final year i dont want to uproot her at such a sensitive time! So what do i do? This is still happening 5 weeks later. The little girl said today whenever my mum and dad talk they always mention your name. I cant believe its ok for her to say these things, not apologise, show no remorese for her actions, continue them, and i get threatened with bulling if i pursue my complaint! Where do i go from here? i would really appreiate some much needed advice. Oh and my daughter was told she was not being bullied because it wasnt hurting her inside or out, but its affecting her shool work, personality and sleep.

thanks so much, i was starting to go a little crazy, there are so many different issue at play here.

Excellent advice from Pooka and ZZZZen. Good luck OP, I hope you can get it resolved.

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MisForMumNotMaid Mon 07-Oct-13 22:25:49

Op in your post at 21.41 you've named your DD. You can have this post removed by reporting it via the link in the bottom right corner of the post.

Regarding the complaints procedure. My opinion is that its a governors complaint and so the schools complaints is not relevant go straight to the LEA.

MisForMumNotMaid Mon 07-Oct-13 22:27:25

I understand tour anger and frustration but your DD's name and now school are on this forum. If people google the school it could bring up this thread with your daughters name in it. Is that fair on your daughter?

i have asked to have these removed, angered took over.

cocoleBOO Mon 07-Oct-13 22:29:38

I think you need to report your post that mentions your DD by name to get it removed smile

cocoleBOO Mon 07-Oct-13 22:29:54

Xpost!

DameDeepRedBetty Mon 07-Oct-13 22:49:49

Hi -Just to say you've had some great advice, I'm with you all the way and hope to hear an update someday about how it all turned out.. and meanwhile, better report your own post of 22.23 as I fear you've just mentioned your school's name!

Not ALL governors truly understand what their job really is, I know (from conversation two years after my youngest left) that one of the governors of dtds primary had to be 'encouraged to resign' after too many incidents of privileged information being spread around the playground at picking up time.

I have reported the errors I made in my haste so get everything out so they will be removed, thankyou to everyone who has shared there knowledge and il be sure to keep you all updated

DameDeepRedBetty Mon 07-Oct-13 23:04:05

That's cool princess best of luck and big hugs to you and to xxxx (see what I did there grin) and hope the management team and governors of xxxxxxx primary school can sort everything out very soon!

BlackMogul Mon 07-Oct-13 23:56:29

Firstly, a governor will not be removed! They would have to be criminally implicated for that to happen. Also if she is a parent governor, as appears likely, she has her position on the governing body for the length of her appointment. As a result, the Head (chairman) of Governors saw you after your complaint and this was obviously unsatisfactory but, he has no power to discipline a Governor.....none! He could appeal to her to apologise but can't insist. You can complain, formally, to the Governing Body as laid down in their procedure and inform the LEA of the complaint. Realistically , though, what are you going to achieve?

I would take the moral high ground. I assume your daughter is still Dorothy after all this? I hope so. She is in year 6. You have less than a year to go. Believe me, I have endured people far more wicked than this in my time as a parent. However, they hold all the Aces. LEAs are spineless too as they have no role in dismissing a Governor. This sounds depressing, and it is, but you must complain and get your views across. Do not expect much to happen though. If the school is having an Ofsted inspection soon, make sure the inspectors know you have a rude and poorly functioning Governing Body. If you go to the press, it will drag you down further.

erica222 Wed 09-Oct-13 12:40:30

Is it worth making a criminal complaint if the school don't take it seriously, I would could consider doing so provided you have a record/diary of everything that's happened

SunshineMMum Wed 09-Oct-13 13:40:21

I am so sorry to hear this princess. We made a very serious complaint to governors last year and I do wish now we had escalated it further as I feel we were fobbed off. I'd want a written explanation, apology and her word that this will not happen again. This site gives you a guide to stepping up the complaint. I found that Ds's primary school, were very good at closing ranks and refusing point blank to admitting to things.
www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/schoolperformance/b00212240/guidance-on-making-a-complaint-about-a-school

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