School needs drastic help

Lodge Park Technology College
Lodge Park Technology College

THE entire governing body at a troubled school has resigned.

Lodge Park Technology College has also now delayed its academy school bid until January 2013.

Governors left their positions following a meeting on Wednesday when Northamptonshire County Council decided to appoint its own interim executive body.

A joint statement from the school and council said: “The board of governors voted to stand down voluntarily to allow an interim executive board to be set up. The council recognises the huge amount of work the governors have done and everyone is very grateful.

“However, it was recognised by all that in order to bring out the rapid progress needed to address the concerns outlined in the most recent Ofsted monitoring report, an unfair burden would be placed on governors both in terms of the time commitment involved and the level of expertise required.

“The next stage is to establish membership of the interim executive board.

“The conversion date to academy status will be put back to January 2013 to allow us to concentrate efforts on the improvements required by Ofsted.

The David Ross Education Trust fully supports this decision and is actively contributing to the college’s improvement plan.”

The school broke free from local authority control in 2008. The David Ross Education Trust became a sponsor as it worked for academy status. That was put on hold in November last year when Ofsted placed the school in special measures.

Then, in March this year, inspectors monitoring the school found that it was not making enough progress and principal Guy Shearer resigned.