Message from Chair of Governors, Mr P Ryder
2nd November 2015
Dear Parents and Carers
It is a pleasure and privilege to be able to write to you to tell you of my delight in the improvements to education, behaviour, progress and academic performance at Droylsden Academy. This is shown in our recent much improved results and October’s full Ofsted Inspection. I do hope you are able to take a moment to read the report detailing our improvements. Like our own self-evaluation, it also points to a number of things we must continue to improve. Ofsted did not tell us anything we did not know already and we were already on track to tackle the issues before the inspection took place.
I cannot thank enough the vast majority of our parents and carers who are actively helping us to make our school and our community a good place to learn. Even when we occasionally do things in a way that does not meet with your full approval you can talk to us about those things in a constructive and kind way which helps us to resolve any issue for you.
However, there is a tiny minority of parents who let the school, the town and their children down. This handful of parents are aggressive, abusive and loud (often in front of other people’s children) when they come into our building and behave in a way that goes against our values of honesty and politeness and in ways which upset our students. They have no regard for the opinion or protection of others and no regard for the hard work of our teachers. The louder they shout, the less we will listen as this is no way for adults to model responsible behaviour to their children: we are a school, after all. It is unfortunate that we have had to ban 1 or 2 parents from the site and will have no hesitation in pressing charges against them, if they continue to be abusive or aggressive to our public servants in person or on social media.
The point is that such parents may have an important and accurate point to make but because of their behaviour (in the building and on social media) the point is lost and we cannot help. We try not to worry parents unless there is an issue which we need their help to resolve. Our relationship with parents and carers should be constructive and positive at all times. We can politely agree to disagree as it is our responsibility to lead and manage the school for the benefit of the whole community, not just the interests of one or two. If we get things wrong, as all schools do on occasion, we can work to get things right if parents are respectful and sensitive to the challenge of leading a large, urban school.
We will not tolerate such behaviour in our building and grounds or on social media and nor will the huge number of wonderful children, parents and carers who are working with us to get the very best for our students. Droylsden Academy is rapidly improving and, with the constructive help of all parents and carers, will really begin to provide very good opportunities for all of our children.
Thank you once again for the many kind letters and emails of support, especially during the Ofsted Inspection.
Mr P Ryder
Chair of Governors