Governors at failing Walsall schools facing axe

Governors at failing schools in Walsall may be axed in a bid to drive up standards, it emerged today.

Walsall Council is currently considering new proposals to remove the governing bodies at seven schools in the borough that have failed to reach government targets set in the Key Stage 2 SATs.

Failing schools may also be turned into academies to improve results.

The seven schools are The Mirus Academy in Bloxwich, Blue Coat Junior and Busill Jones, Chuckery, Croft, Green Rock and St James primaries.

It comes after Walsall was named as the one of the worst-performing authorities in the country when the KS2 league tables were published last month, falling down national rankings from 77 to 147.

At a meeting of the council’s Children’s and Young People Scrutiny and Performance Panel last night, head of improvement services Shannon Moore said the authority is closely monitoring the situation.

“We can remove governing bodies and the Secretary of State is also expecting us to look where academies may need to be considered,” he said.

“Our job is to work with heads and governors to identify what the issues are to make sure these are being addressed.” He added that extra support would be given to schools that are not performing well.

Chair of the panel Councillor Barbara Cassidy said: “There are some schools that have been performing very poorly for a number of years and that can’t go on any longer.”

Busill Jones headteacher Jeanette Hammond, said today “We are a school with a high number of children with special needs, therefore we don’t hit high attainment like other schools. Our pupils make good progress from when they start school to when they finish.”