One governor has resigned, and apparently he says governors have been lambasted in the press and in the community, and he's even been in restaurants and people have come up to ask if the school was paying for the meal. He says these seven governors want to clear their names, and make it clear that they did not approve this trip, and did not know about it before it was booked.
Now, those of you who are regular visitors to this blog will know that Tony and myself are both governors at another high school in South Stoke, and at the time this trip was made public, we asked the Elected Mayor for an inquiry. This was reported in the Sentinel, and we were publicly attacked by an ex-education official for this. The Elected Mayor replied that this was a "matter for the school governors".
As a fellow governor, I feel very sorry for these governors who, whilst trying to carry out their public duty, now find themselves in the unenviable position of seeming to be either culpable or incompetent. I do not believe they are/were either. As reported in the Sentinel article, Mr Mercer did not turn up to the governors meeting, and the Chair of Governors refused to answer questions. How are the governors supposed to work under these circumstances? How can the Local Authority expect people to give up their time voluntarily to take up posts as Governors, when the governors are then left open to criticism in this way, because of the actions of a Head and Chair?
There are comments on the Sentinel website suggesting that to suspend Mr Mercer is a waste of money, and that he and the Chair of Governors should both be sacked. What are your thoughts on this?
The ex education official suggests that Tony & I have a vendetta against Edensor. We are merely asking how the Chair and Headteacher have been allowed to arrange this trip? Why are they not now answering the questions being raised by these seven governors? When will they be held to account? Your thoughts please...