Parents react to former head’s school help claims

Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool.
Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool.
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Parents have criticised a former headteacher’s claims she didn’t receive enough help from education chiefs at a troubled school.

As reported in The Gazette yesterday (click here to read the story), Cath Woodall, the former head at Revoe Community Primary School, accused Blackpool Council of failing to respond to her pleas for help with pupils with challenging behaviour.

Mrs Woodall resigned from her post in August, and has now retired from teaching after 32 years in the profession.

Six other members of staff were suspended in February after allegations a child had been locked in a ‘time out room’ at the school.

An inspection by Ofsted in MArch this year deemed the school to be in special measures and parents at the school have been told some of the suspended staff will return to their posts pending the outcome of individual disciplinary hearings.

Parents at the school gates, off Grasmere Road, today leapt to the council’s defence.

Sheridan Wilson, 35, of nearby Keswick Road, has three children at the school.

She said: “The school in general was hopeless.

“Sadly I have very little choice as to where my children go, they went here because the other schools didn’t have space.

“I’ve got a seven-year-old daughter and, as much help as the school is, she still can’t read or write.

“As for Mrs Woodall herself, even when we would go to her to complain or ask what was going on, nothing ever seemed to get done.

“The school has improved a little bit maybe but I was trying to get my daughter assessed to see if she has extra learning needs, but it’s still not been done.”

Mother-of-three Zena Malone, 29, of Grasmere Road, said: “It’s alright her leaving it to the council to sort out, but nothing was run right.

“The school’s been run a lot better since she has gone.”

Blackpool Council has declined to comment while there is an ongoing investigation.

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