Parents call for change at Ryhall Primary School

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Parents are considering taking their children away from a school that inspectors labelled ‘inadequate’ and insisted must improve.

Ryhall Primary School received a damning Ofsted inspection report last month that heavily criticised both senior management and governors.

Following the report, headteacher Sue Hallam told the Mercury that the school was already working hard to improve.

But some parents believe the only solution is to replace the board of governors and are concerned their children will suffer if that does not happen soon.

One couple, who asked to remain anonymous, have a six-year-old child at the school.

They said: “It is absolute nonsense. We know a number of parents looking to remove their children and some already have.

“No-one knows what is going on and we can’t get a statement as to what has been proposed.”

Rutland County Council’s cabinet has voted to recommend the council ask the Secretary of State to replace the school’s governors with an interim board.

But the recommendation still has to be approved by the full council and the parents who spoke to the Mercury say the whole process is taking too long.

They said: “They will have wasted half a year. Out of six years at the school that is significant.

“We fear for the children’s education.

“We don’t want to take our child out but we are considering it.”

Mrs Hallam said the school had teamed up with an ‘outstanding’ school near Lincoln in an effort to improve its results.

Ofsted will make regular visits until the school can prove it has made satisfactory improvement.

Inspectors did find attendance was high and said pupils felt safe and secure at school.