Parent representative needed for Raine’s

Letters about the future of Raine’s pupils arriving thick and fast on a daily basis now. Most interesting is the one that seeks a parent representative for a Steering group that will oversee the amalgamation of Raine’s into Oaklands school.

Considering that the formal consultation about the whole scheme has not even taken place and is not going to start til June, it seems rather a made-up process already. The Diocese not being able to find another Church of England school that Raine’s could partner with and the Education authority wanting the transformation for financial reasons.

The Council’s website lists the process here. Whilst I approached both the Honourable Rushanara Ali and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, the latter has now reacted to the referral from Rushanara and my objections and promises a thorough scrutiny of the closure plans.

On the up-side we are assured by yet another letter, that Oaklands is the top performing school in Tower Hamlets. It seems that amount of reading that is now put upon us, is probably lettering us into submission just out of wanting to save time.

Yet the letter asking for a parent representative on the Steering group, does not give the parents of Raine’s an ability to hold a formal election procedure whereby the Raine’s parents can elect a representative, which would mean that the Raine’s parents would decide who it is going to be.

oaklands head apology
Oaklands school apology about bad behaviour of pupils

The selection process simply asks parents who are interested to put their name forward to the Raine’s Foundation Steering group per email, the same steering group, headed by the Chair of the Interim Executive Board, Diane Cholerton, then selects the candidate. A steering group that already is set up prior to any formal consultation taking place.

We are getting constant notifications that head teachers and executive head teachers are changing and it is hard to get a grip on the situation.

We will not be taking part in any further attempts to send my daughter to Oaklands as parents have complained that during visits the pupils of Oaklands school were very rude.