Aug 10 2013

Grange School Failings Because of Cllr Akhtar?

akhtar_grange_oftedCllr Husain Akhtar makes another mention in the letters page of the Harrow Times this week (August 8, 2013) in a cutting put-down from Cllr Bill Stephenson over his recent remarks that children in Harrow are being ‘let down’ – a letter that we featured a couple of weeks ago.

Cllr Stephenson notes that Akhtar was chair of Governors at Grange Primary School, and presided over the Governing Body when the school landed up with a ‘requires improvement’ OFSTED rating, a drop from it’s previous rating of ‘satisfactory.‘ Both links go to the inspection reports.

So, what’s the timeline?

  • November 4, 2009 – School obtained a ‘satisfactory’ rating in an OFSTED inspection.
  • May 17, 2012 – The school’s Governing Body decided to convert to an Academy.
  • October 11, 2012 – Akhtar appointed as Chair of Governors.
  • February 1, 2013 – The school’s Governing Body withdraws it’s Academy application.
  • April 16, 2013 – Akhtar reports that he resigned from the school Governing Body.
  • June 5-6, 2013 – School obtains a ‘requires improvement’ rating from OFSTED.  Lead inspector Zahid Aziz wrote: “Governors have not been sufficiently challenging and sharp enough to make sure effective policies and procedures are applied across the school to raise standards, improve teaching and ensure the monitoring of safeguarding procedures.”It goes on: “The school’s leadership is not yet good because the governing body has not fully gripped the policies and procedures for monitoring achievement, teaching and safeguarding procedures. The senior leaders have yet to strengthen the role of some phase and subject leaders so that they consistently monitor, provide support for and challenge teachers so that good teaching is secure across the school and pupils’ achievement improves.”And: “With all the changes that have taken place leaders and governors have not ensured that policies and procedures are robust and effectively monitored to raise standards and improve teaching over time.”
  • June 6, 2013 – Akhtar updates his Council declaration of interests to show he is no longer a Governor at the school (50 days after it happened, in contravention of the Council’s policy that such changes shoul dbe notified within 28 days).

But is there something more? What happened to the school’s plans to convert to an Academy? According to Harrow Council, we were told:

“The school’s proposed sponsor was the Active Learning Trust.”

But when we queried the Active Learning Trust they, it seemed, were keen to distance themselves from the school (or Akhtar, or both):

“I am writing to confirm we are not the sponsor for Grange Primary School in Harrow.”

Something doesn’t seem quite right here, but we can’t put our finger on it. However, what is clear is that there seems to be a trail of destruction where ever Akhtar goes.

As Cllr Stephenson concludes, “I do not think we need any further lectures on educational standards from him.”

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  1. Thelma Langford

    Personally I don’t think that Grange School is a very good school, it never has been and what they need is a damn good head to turn it all around, shake the staff up and actually be the ‘boss’. Chris Spruce, head of Heathland School has done wonders for our school (formerly Roxeth Manor) and he has brought the standards up to outstanding…………he is well liked and respected by all the pupils at Heathland and all the pupils are thriving and doing well. My grandsons used to attend Grange and the 12 year old was really lagging behind and on a ‘p’ level grading – I got custody of the boys through various reasons, changed their school to Heathland and the 12 year old is following a normal grading now and is average for his age. He now attends Rooks Heath College but the younger one who is 7 gets so much help at Heathland that I cannot sing the schools praises high enough. Get a decent head and I think that Grange will completely turn itself around…………….regardless who is chair of governors. Just my personal opinion without wishing to offend anybody……………………………..

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