By Gavin Mackintosh-
Furness Primary School staff are holding a picket outside the premises in Furness Road from 7.30am to 9am in protest of severe bullying by the authorities of the school. Executive headteacher Sylvia Libson has been accused of a “bullying management style” much to the displeasure of many of her staff.
The complaint from staff is a blow to the school which has an outstanding rating by Ofsted for providing high academic standards for its pupils. Furness Primary School professes to provide a safe and positive atmosphere which stimulates a working environment, and where children can achieve high standards through a solid foundation of teaching, and across a creative and broadly balanced curriculum.
The school which claims it endeavours to provide all of our children with the skills needed to develop positive attitudes, where mutual respect, values and sensitivity are nurtured within a culturally diverse community, are on the receiving end of criticism in relation to bad attitude from its head. Mutual respect between the executive headteacher and her staff is allegedly missing. Given the safeguarding policies of the school which include bullying, it is ironic that the executive head is being accused of bullying by their staff.
Concerned parents this afternoon gathered in the school office to discuss the situation with some of the authorities of the school, whilst senior officials in the school held an urgent meeting to discuss the crisis.
The school which has already put up a post in search of an assistant head for this coming September needs to get its act together before recruiting new staff to pick up the pieces of the current mess.The Eye Of Media.Com got a taste of some of the poor attitude of staff when business manager Sheila Campbell angrily dropped the phone after stating she had no comment to make. Campbell’s suitability for her post will be probed further. Ofsted has been notified of the current crisis in the school and said they will be keeping an eye.
Rude:(left) Sheila Campbell (right) Alleged Bully: Ms Libson Image: Furness primary school
Insiders say the school has promised an independent investigation, but staff and the NEU don’t believe such an investigation will be independent. National Education Union (NEU) members said in a statement: “There are 11 different complaints against Mrs Libson and morale is at an all-time low.”
The school has agreed to an independent investigation into the complaints but the NEU said it would “continue to strike” until it knew who was investigating. The chair of trustees has requested all complaints to be sent to him and they will be forwarded to an independent investigator.
“Members are not convinced it is independent so we are holding a half-day strike in recognition of that.”
Image: Furnell primary School