Wednesfield High – Should Parents Know More?

The Express and Star report into Wednesfield High is here for all too see, The fact is that the School is raising major concerns amongst parents who’s children are attending this particular Academy.

As a child you only get one chance at education, and education is very much a key to future success.

These are the crucial years for young people when they are at the comprehensive level. So you can understand parents exasperation.

I made the City Councils comment public, because I felt that City Officials speaking in an Open Committee meeting with ‘No Press’ present, would have been ignoring a very significant City Council statement. I felt I had no other alternative but to publicise the situation on my social media  outlets. There is a duty on members to expose the situation of  Wednesfield High, as it is clearly  a school that is – just stumbling along at the present.

I have no regrets for telling readers of this page that the City had no controls over the school, that it had no prior warnings until the Ofsted report was published stating that  the school was failing, that the most senior City Council officials had asked the Regional Commissioner to have the school ‘Rebrokered’.

In the meantime in my opinion parents are not being told enough by the School about what is taking place within the school. Communications are very poor according to Wednesfield North residents who have children at the School. I am told of classes taking place with no teachers! There is concern over bullying and safety.

I want to appeal to the School to tackle this issue by making a special efforts starting immediately, to raise their communications game. Parents have a right to expect a professional and detailed response to their children’s education future and please focus on parents own safety concerns.

I have written to the head teacher today expressing my views.Phil Bateman MBE

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more