Troubled Sunderland free school on lookout for new governors

NEW APPROACH: Grindon Hall Christian School.
NEW APPROACH: Grindon Hall Christian School.
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A TROUBLE-HIT city school is looking for new governors to help drive it forward.

Grindon Hall Christian School, the city’s only free school, was placed in special measures earlier this year following a visit from Ofsted inspectors, who branded both its management and the behaviour of children as inadequate.

Additional governors with more direct experience will help considerably.

Chris Gray, principal

That prompted a furious response from parents who felt the report was unfair.

Chris Gray, principal, said: “Grindon Hall Christian School is looking to add experience and a fresh approach to its existing governing body.

“The school, despite once again coming top of a number of Sunderland league tables for academic performance in 2014, received a critical Ofsted report in December last year, and is working hard to address the issues identified.

“One of the criticisms was that governance had not adapted quickly enough from a private school to a state-funded way of working.

“Governors accept the criticism and believe additional governors with more direct experience will help considerably.”

New chairman of governors, Ian Parker, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to work with new governors in taking Grindon Hall forward and helping our pupils develop and achieve even better results.”

Bob Mole, the chairman of trustees at the school, said: “We are keen to welcome new governors with a teaching background and links with local businesses and the local community to supplement the skills we have on the governing body.”

Interested parties can email K.Fairley@grindonhall.com for more information.