‘Rapid improvement needed’, says new Mexborough School headteacher

Mexborough School.
Mexborough School.

The man in charge of turning around Mexborough School has vowed to lead staff and students through a period of “rapid improvement.”

Executive headteacher Alan Yellup wrote to parents in a bid to allay concerns over the school’s future after it was placed into special measures.

But Mr Yellup’s assurances come as a former governor hit out at the school’s leadership this week.

Meanwhile, the school is also set to be closed today as teachers are on strike in a row with management.

In his letter, Mr Yellup, who is also boss of Wakefield City Academies Trust, said his role was to “guide the school through the process of becoming an academy.”

He adds: “On conversion to an academy, the Ofsted report simply becomes reflective of the previous school’s provision and performance.

“My colleagues and I are, however, fully committed to providing the urgent and rapid improvements needed which are highlighted in the report.

“This work has already begun with staff, students and the Interim Executive Board approaching the challenge with positivity and an unshakable determination to make this a great school.”

Former parent governor Sean Gibbons, who resigned in 2011, said many parents are concerned for their children’s future.

The 40-year-old, of Park Road, Mexborough, said: “My two children attend the school so obviously I am concerned about their education.

“It is really worrying and I think some parents may even be considering taking their children out and looking at schools elsewhere.

“I just hope the new management sort out these problems, and quickly.”

The school is expected to be closed today as staff take part in a national strike over pay, pensions and work loads.

In a letter to parents, Mr Yellup said: “The leadership team must give consideration to the disruption that this industrial action will cause and whether the school could reasonably and safely be kept open. Having given the matter careful thought and consideration and in line with many schools in the area, I write to inform you that it is with regret that the school will be closed to all students on Thursday, July 10.”