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How do you complain about a head teacher?

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Mumtogremlins Mon 18-Feb-13 08:01:40

I have several issues with the head teacher at my DSs junior school. A lot of parents are not happy and the school is on the decline. The last ofsted was very critical and was classed as satisfactory, it used to be good. The head is never seen by parents and rarely by the children, and has no interest in learning their names. Loads of teachers have left and more are planning to, and they just seem demoralised. Academically, there are new initiatives which just don't make sense. Parents bypass the head and go to the deputy with any problems as he just doesn't sort anything out.
He currently has another head in to mentor him so does that mean the local authority are aware he's rubbish? Does anyone have any advice on whether its worth complaining, and to who? I would love him to be replaced because it could be such a good school


beautifulgirls Wed 03-May-17 20:47:06

You can walk out of a school. You just write a letter and home educate until you have the start at the new school. You need to inform the local authority of this and the school you are leaving.

spanieleyes Wed 03-May-17 20:43:17

You agree the start date with the new school, not the old!

76woody Wed 03-May-17 08:42:17

Thanks for your comments. I have spoke with governors. And you can't just walk into the new school without a start date. I am now in contact with Councillors. Don't won't the HT sacked. Just think she needs training on certain things.

bojorojo Tue 02-May-17 23:07:58

A Head cannot delay a child moving schools. You just walk out and start at the new school!

You really will not remove a Head by complaining. They have contractual rights and it is not a contract with parents. If the Governors are doing their job they will be performance managing the Head so should be setting challenging targets for the Head and ensure they are met as far as possible by obtaining evidence of success (or otherwise). Governors should be aware of parental unrest and unresolved bullying but you won't get rid of the Head by complaining. Either a Head goes because Ofsted says they are inadequate or the Governing Body decide they are dire and start negotiations to terminate their contract. Either way, it's a messy and lengthy business.

Theworldisfullofidiots Tue 02-May-17 22:42:11

Governors can sack a Head Teacher (usually with the support of the LA). If it is an academy the rules are different.
I'm very disappointed for you that tge governors are nit doing more. Complain in writing to tge Chair of Governors and ask for a meeting. Schools have to monitor and report complaints.
If you get no joy from this you can then escalate to tge LA.

76woody Tue 02-May-17 22:34:35

I have a number of complaints about my child's primary school. To start with my child is been bullied. Not physically but psychologically. So after many meetings with HT she decided it was best that my child and other child should play together at every break. Also she questioned my child In front of other child. So obviously my child told a different version as he was afraid of getting other child in trouble or the other child hurting him. I asked the HT to explain her actions, she promptly told us it was just sillyness as my child story changed in front of other child. So since then we have decided to move our child to another school. Our child is due to sit his SATS this month as our child is in year 2. Our child was due to move asap but the current head delayed this as we believe she wants our child's SATS results for the school. We have spoke to the schools governers and got no were. There have been a lot of children leave this school over last 2 years. Any ideas on what we could do

sarahsarah76 Thu 29-Sep-16 10:02:20

find out who the head of education is in your local area

MaryLennoxWasAnAspie Thu 29-Sep-16 09:45:56

jzt you'll get a better response if you start your own thread rather than burying your question at the bottom of someone else' Don't be scared to ask for help - the complaints process is terrifying even for those of us without extra needs.

jztjakes82 Mon 26-Sep-16 19:30:16

Hi im going to write a letter of complaint to my d head of governer about the head but unfortunately im in over my head to make it sound clear n formal i suffer with dyslexia and struggle with this letter process n yet i know what i want to say to a degree but it wont sound formal and make sense.
Plz if anyone could help plz

missrantalot Mon 16-Mar-15 11:32:04

Read this last night whilst wondering what to do about our new head mistress from hell, anyway it dawned on me that the complaints system is pretty flawed.

I have started a petition and would really appreciate some feedback off people in the same situation before I go sharing it around. Like if there's anything else I should add for example.

Thank you in advance.

bumpkin32 Wed 05-Jun-13 17:05:29

Thanks very much. I will try to find out what support the HT gets, if any.

DeWe Wed 05-Jun-13 11:54:28

A mentor is usual in this area. Dh is on a (small) panel who mentor a local head of an outstanding school. It's common to have other heads on the panel too.

bumpkin32 Tue 04-Jun-13 21:46:53

Following on with this thread, my ds is at a school where there are a lot of concerns with the HT and their management of the school. The Governors have been approached on a number of occasions but are not taking the parents concerns seriously or indeed addressing them at all.
Should the parents persist at raising their concerns with the Governors when they apparently don't want to know?

Mumtogremlins Sat 23-Feb-13 14:42:23

Thanks for your replies. A lot of things I do hear from other people, but every parent I speak to has a problem with either the head or how the school is run. Good teachers are leaving and are being replaced by newly qualified - not a bad thing - but my DSs teacher really doesn't know what she's doing and has no interest in helping my DS when he has a problem. I don't expect the head to know names but he shows no interest, is very hard to get hold off and is rude and unhelpful to parents when they go in to see him.
Ofsted came last summer so hopefully won't be too long before they visit again. I don't know any governors unfortunately
Results aren't too bad, which is positive, but that's mainly because the head keeps making decisions purely on what will get him the best SATs.

EvilTwins Fri 22-Feb-13 07:47:01

Just to add, be careful about using the fact that he doesn't know children's names as proof of incompetence. The ex-HT where I work was a dreadful head- took the school into special measures, then he left and the governing body was dissolved. It was a pretty awful time for the school. However, if you ask the kids, they say that he was great- always out and about, knew all of them by name, very personable.

MM5 Fri 22-Feb-13 05:48:12

If you are making a complaint it needs to go to Chair of Governors. However, the complaint needs to be specific and not general.

But, there are a few things.

1- how would you know the ht has a mentor? Mentoring is very normal in my area of the country and that goes for all levels and doesn't always have anything to do with ability.

2- teachers leaving is not always a bad thing. It could be a sign of bad management. But, it also can be a sign of good management to weed out the bad or coasting teachers that don't want to make the changes neccessary to improve the school. I have known,on several occassions, parents to think that some of the worse teachers were the best! Also, when you said loads of teachers leaving, how many is that. It is normal to have teachers come and go in a school. They move, get promoted, want new challenges, etc.

I think what I am trying to say that complaining about the ht because you think the school is in decline is fine. However, be specific about what you are complaining about and specific and realistic about what you want the outcome of your complaint. They won't get rid of a ht on the balance of your letter or even several letters. Maybe what you want is to have a meeting with the chair of governors to discuss your concerns.

LatteLady Thu 21-Feb-13 22:17:22

Firstly if your Ofsted was done in the last couple of years, you need to be aware that is politically motivated and that the goalposts have moved considerably.

Secondly mentoring by another head is not a sign of weakness... the vast majority of HTs in my LA do this and also have business mentors.

What I have read in your post is conjecture and gossip... if you have an actual complaint then raise it through the right channels. Go to the school secretary and ask for a copy of the school complaints system and follow it assiduously but do not go on a hunt for a scapegoat.

I understand your concerns about staff leaving, but how do you know that they have not been coasting and your HT has managed them out? Unfortunately you only have part of the story and not all of it.

DewDr0p Thu 21-Feb-13 21:39:21

Do you know who the parent governors are gremlins ? They might be another avenue in for you (I am one!!) as presumably they will empathise with your concerns?

DewDr0p Thu 21-Feb-13 21:37:50

The Chair of Governors is definitely the person to write to.

When was the last Ofsted inspection? The usual process following a "satisfactory/requires improvement" judgement is that there will be a follow up monitoring visit by Ofsted (quite different in tone to an inspection but conducted by an inspector) Has that happened at your school? There should be some kind of report issued following it (used to be in the form of a letter, might have changed recently)

Mumtogremlins Thu 21-Feb-13 21:25:03

Definitely a 'he'! I think I will write a letter and get others to do the same. It can't be right for teachers to be leaving in large numbers and for parents to be so unhappy they want to move their children. The school was good until about a year or so ago , so its going downhill fast sad

someoftheabove Thu 21-Feb-13 21:23:38

Yeah, you're right. Shouldn't have had that second glass of wine.

ChaChaDigregorio Thu 21-Feb-13 21:21:24

The one OP is talking about is a man.

Parisbanana Thu 21-Feb-13 21:21:17

OP said "he"

Ragwort Thu 21-Feb-13 21:20:45

some - have you read the thread? The OP clearly refers to the Head as 'he'.

someoftheabove Thu 21-Feb-13 21:18:21

Some heads are female, chimp.

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