In the wake of two negative inspection reports and an ongoing police investigation, the trouble Manchester school has put forward a series of reforms that it hopes will satisfy the education authorities. Here’s what parents have been told:
Dear Parents/Guardians Just to let you know that today we have submitted our detailed Action Plan to the Department for Education. The Action Plan came about as a result of the reviews carried out earlier this year by Manchester Children’s Services and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Whilst the reviews found that our students felt safe and happy, they identified some weaknesses in our safeguarding processes and procedures.The leadership and management of the School have been working to address the points raised, and we are receiving ongoing support and guidance from the Department for Education and Manchester Children’s Services.Many of the changes have already been implemented or are well underway. The main initiatives include:
- Introduction of a safeguarding sub-committee of the Governing Body tasked with oversight of all safeguarding at Chetham’s
- Appointment of experts to a safeguarding commission which will oversee and advise on all aspects of safeguarding
- An annual independent audit of our safeguarding policies and procedures
- Opportunities for additional parental engagement – a new ‘parents’ extranet forum’ and ‘parent governor’ participation on the Governing Body
Our key objectives are to develop best practice in the sector and to ensure that students have an even stronger voice within the School. The Student Forum will remain an important mechanism for feedback, but we will make sure that students have more opportunities to give us their views, through additional ‘suggestion boxes’ and formal surveys on topics they will be encouraged to bring forward.We expect the Action Plan to be approved by the Department in the coming weeks, at which point we will be able to make a copy available to all parents.We would like to extend our thanks to parents for their comments and support during this process.
Claire Moreland, Head