West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper urgently discussed with Lancashire County Council parents’ worries and concerns that the school is in serious decline and may have a pupil roll of just six come September.

Worried parents have contacted Rosie Cooper MP describing what they term a “crisis at Mossy Lea” alleging there to be no teachers at school due to staff sickness and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) advising members against applying for positions at the school, with two teachers leaving on the same day recently with immediate effect based on union advice.

Further reported were children being sent home due to such upset and parents not being kept fully informed of developments with reports of Governors leaving also.

It also now appears that the school’s website is inaccessible and exactly who is working at the school and who the current Governors are was widely unknown.

MP Rosie contacted the Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services at Lancashire County Council to seek an urgent update on the situation at the school and query why parents weren’t being kept up to date.

In an urgent phone call and subsequent follow-up letter, Lancashire County Council assured Rosie Cooper MP that:

  • Following the resignation of two Governors, the NAHT had lifted any ‘ban’ on their members working at the school
  • A seconded deputy, Iain Pearson, has returned to school
  • Dave Fann has been asked to be Executive Headteacher, working two days a week, who has experience as a Headteacher at an outstanding large school in Preston, is also a National Leader of Education and is a serving Ofsted inspector
  • Alan Whittaker, Chair of Governors at Eccleston will join as a Governor
  • Andy Purcell, Headteacher at St George’s Primary School, Chorley, an outstanding school, has offered to serve as Chair of Governors and will bring two other governors with him to further strengthen the Governing Body at Mossy Lea
  • Mossy Lea will also now have immediate access to support in training for all staff through the Teaching School Alliance
  • The school will also continue to receive support from Local Authority advisers and consultants
  • A newsletter has now been sent to all parents informing them of developments

An Ofsted report of the school from January last year rated the overall effectiveness of the school as Requires Improvement, down from Good, and rated Requires Improvement in four out of five areas.

MP Rosie has also taken the issue up with the Education Secretary, Ofsted Chair and NAHT President.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“A situation where a school is shedding teachers, shedding governors and shedding pupils cannot be allowed to drift and must have an immediate recovery plan implemented.

“Many parents at the school have contacted me, distressed at the ongoing situation and being left in the dark for so long about just what was happening at Mossy Lea Primary School.

“Having met with Lancashire County Council’s Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services John Readman and Chief Executive Angie Ridgwell recently, it was agreed that serious action was needed in schools across West Lancashire, from the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision, to Burscough Priory and now including Mossy Lea Primary.

“Lancashire County Council, as the Local Education Authority, have assured me that a range of immediate actions is being taken to halt the current decline, with a radical overhaul of the Governing Body and experienced governors coming on board, and access to enhanced training and support from LCC and the Teaching School Alliance.

“However, these measures will only go some way to stop the current decline and start to give confidence back to parents that the school is moving in the right direction, what we need to see now is a sustained period of positive action and rebuilding so that parents can have faith in the school again.

“I will again be meeting with John Readman later this month to discuss the issues and the progress made. For any West Lancashire parents who are concerned about the school, please do not hesitate to contact me at rosie@rosiecooper.net or on 01695 570094.”

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