Ques­tions asked as academy head de­parts

At the helm of Stock­ley school for less than a year

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Kather­ine Clementine kather­ine.clementine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PAR­ENTS of pupils at­tend­ing Stock­ley Academy are de­mand­ing an­swers af­ter the de­par­ture of the school’s head­teacher, less than a year af­ter his ap­point­ment.

The rea­son for the de­par­ture of Leo Gil­bert, who joined the se­condary school, in Yiewsley, in May 2015, re­mains a mys­tery, but par­ents are an­noyed that some were in­formed by their chil­dren rather than be of­fered an ex­pla­na­tion by the school’s chair of gov­er­nors.

Mr Gil­bert was ap­pointed as head­teacher just be­fore an Of­sted in­spec­tion, in June 2015, put the school into spe­cial mea­sures af­ter a damn­ing ‘in­ad­e­quate’ re­port.

But the then newlyap­pointed head was mo­ti­vated to make changes and said he was con­fi­dent he could get the academy out of spe­cial mea­sures af­ter a year, and hoped for an outstanding rat­ing in three or four years.

A pe­ti­tion was set up at the start of the new school year in Septem­ber, which gath­ered al­most 500 sig­na­tures, rail­ing against school uni­form changes, with oblig­a­tory uni­formed bags in place.

One par­ent said they be­lieve the head was re­moved on Mon­day April 25 but the “academy is tight-lipped about why”.

They said: “I thought he was a very good head­teacher and I thought he was start­ing to sta­bilise the academy and move it for­wards.”

Other par­ents took to so­cial me­dia to find an­swers, with some post­ing on Stock­ley Academy’s Face­book page. One wrote: “Have just sent an email to the school ask­ing for an ex­pla­na­tion re­gard­ing Mr Gil­bert’s sud­den de­par­ture. I should not have had to do this. A swift state­ment of ex­pla­na­tion from the chair of gov­er­nors is needed im­me­di­ately and I think a meet­ing for par­ents with the gov­er­nors ASAP to dis­cuss our ob­vi­ous con­cerns about what is go­ing on at Stock­ley Academy. My son is about to sit GCSEs which could de­ter­mine his fu­ture and it seems to me the gov­er­nors couldn’t care less! I’m an­gry!”

An­other posted: “We have heard about Mr Gil­bert, it would be good if the par­ents were told in­stead of our chil­dren telling us.”

The De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion, to whom the school an­swers, say the is­sue is a mat­ter for the school it­self.

Stock­ley Academy has been con­tacted for a com­ment.

n DE­PAR­TURE: Leo Gil­bert, head of Stock­ley Academy

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