Parents petition over school head

FURIOUS parents have signed a petition telling the council that they have no confidence in a headteacher.

Gillian Massey, headteacher at St John’s Infant School, is believed to have been off sick since Christmas.

But parents told the Reporter that they did not want her to come back to the school in Boothroyd Lane.

The petition was sparked by news that the head was expected to return soon, even though a Kirklees Council investigation into allegations made against her was ongoing.

The allegations are about the way the head handled an incident at the school involving one of the pupils.

Parents said several letters had been sent to the school’s governors along with a petition which says parents have concerns with Mrs Massey’s leadership. The petition was handed into the governors last Tuesday and was signed by 121 people.

One parent told the Reporter: “A lot of parents have been really distressed and angry. Emotions are running high.”

But the school, council and governing body are remaining tight-lipped about the nature of the allegations against the headteacher.

The Rev Kathy Robertson, chairwoman of the governors, said she would not comment on the issue or the petition.

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “We can confirm a complaint has been made to the chairman of governors and this is being investigated.”

He said the petition had been passed on to the council and expressed “concern about the leadership of the headteacher”.

Deputy headteacher Lynn Hill has been filling in as acting headteacher in Mrs Massey’s absence.

St John’s was last inspected by Ofsted in 2008, while Mrs Massey was headteacher. It was rated as good in most categories and outstanding for the way that pupils’ welfare was promoted.