Search

Stoke Newington school staff exodus sparks parents’ concern

13:02 11 June 2014

Stock image of Betty Layward Primary School, Stoke Newinton.

Stock image of Betty Layward Primary School, Stoke Newinton.

Archant

A massive exodus of teaching staff from a Stoke Newington primary school has prompted parents to fear for their children’s education.

Headteacher Maureen Jarrett has handed in her resignation to leave Betty Layward School at the end of the term, along with assistant head Sarah Hinton.

On top of this nine out of the 14 teaching staff are also leaving the two-form entry school in Clissold Road, Stoke Newington, equating to a loss of two-thirds of the teaching workforce.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has criticised the Learning Trust over the support given to the school over the past two years after Ofsted inspectors deemed the school as “requiring improvement” in 2012.

Many parents are worried, including one who spoke to the Gazette on the condition she remained anonymous.

“If the staff disappear of course it will have an effect on the children, we are worried for their education,” she said. “There’s something wrong if there are 10 teachers leaving, and I’ve got no confidence whatsoever.

“Who are they going to replace them with ready for September, what’s their plan of action?

“We need confidence and assurance, but I feel we are being kept in the dark. I don’t expect to be told the nitty-gritty of everything but communication is key and we should be informed of what’s going on.”

A NUT spokesman said: “The NUT is always concerned when a school has a high level of staff turnover.

“The Hackney Learning Trust has responsibility for Betty Layward and our members are very concerned about how it has managed this school and particularly about the appropriateness and quality of the support it has given.”

A Hackney Council spokeswoman said it was a high priority for the school to improve.

“With the support of another outstanding Hackney school, Springfield Primary, it has worked hard to make improvements,” she said.

A letter to parents from the chairman of governors, Frances Peel Yates, said: “It has been a tough couple of years, but we feel that as a result of Maureen and team’s work we can feel proud of what has been achieved and the school is now in a much stronger position to move forward. It is business as usual, and we need to keep focused in anticipation of Ofsted’s visit.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney News Stories

Yesterday, 09:00
Complexion Drama children with CBBC's The Dumping Ground star Leanne Dunstan (Picture: Complexions)

Youngsters from a diverse range of backgrounds are being put through their paces at a drama workshop, which is set to climax with a public showcase next month.

Fri, 14:24
Daniel Rodriguez

A “predatory paedophile” who “played on his image as a rapper” to groom girls as young as 14 before sleeping with them has been locked up.

Fri, 11:32
Zulfi and Greta wearing their Vel-Oh bags

Zulfi Iqbal and his wife Greta Jankunaite decided to design their own bicycle bags to overcome the “frustration” of cycling to work with one bag and having to change over to another.

Thu, 17:52
Constantin and Dean Lawson

A burns victim has thanked the quick-thinking fire crew from Homerton who helped save his life after he suffered 98 per cent burns in a horrific fire.

Thu, 17:01
The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick.

The futures of six arts projects in Hackney have been given a major boost thanks to Arts Council England grants.

Thu, 16:18
The Prince Edward pub is 150 years old (Picture: Dieter Perry)

Not interested in paying upwards of £4.50 for a pint? Fed up of fancy sausage rolls and scotch eggs? Sam Gelder tells the 150-year story of one of Hackney’s last “proper” pubs.

Thu, 16:12
First time buyers in Hackney will need to earn 12 times the average local salary to get a foot on the ladder

Hackney is the second least affordable place in the UK to buy a first home.

Thu, 10:44
Hackney Town Hall in  Mare Street.

Council land which is currently taken up by derelict buildings, council depots and for the most part empty garages could be turned into around 140 new homes for social renting as part of an “innovative” scheme to help tackle London’s housing crisis.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hackney Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now