polo pajama pants for men Parents left in dark at St Gregory the Great Catholic School after sudden departure of principal and vice principal
“There is a need to rebuild confidence. [Leaders] are presumably trying to find a way out, and I applaud that, but frankly you cannot do it under a veil of secrecy.”
Recent years have seen the all through academy come under fire for poor finances, bad behaviour and weak leadership, culminating in Ofsted’s worst rating of ‘inadequate’ in May.
County councillor Prof Howson called for an urgent action plan, adding: “Somebody has got to own up as to what strategy is getting this school back on even keel.”
The staffing change comes alongside a major reshuffle at the multi academy trust in charge of the school.
Dominic Barberi Multi Academy Company, which runs seven Oxfordshire schools including St Greg’s, has appointed Fraser Long as its principal director a role previously filled by Dr McCarthy.
It means Mr Long, who is principal at Blessed George Napier Catholic School in Banbury, has also become executive principal of St Greg’s.
Documents lodged on Companies House state Dr McCarthy’s position at the trust has been terminated, alongside a secretary and two other directors.
Prof Howson said: “It’s a shabby way to treat parents, suddenly changing the days last minute, with all [families’] arrangements for care thrown out the window.”
Staff were told about Dr McCarthy and Dr Caseby’s departure during the inset day.
City councillor David Henwood, who teaches design and technology at the school, said it came as ‘a surprise’.
He said: “They both contributed much to the ethos of the school Marcella has always been a compassionate person.
“Change is difficult to accept sometimes but if it brings about improvement, then potentially it’s a good thing.
“This school is key for many children and families. Our success will reflect upon the success of the area: we have to be better, and will do better.”
He insisted despite the challenges, morale among staff remained solid, adding: “There is a particular team spirit here that I haven’t seen at any other school.
A former employee of St Greg’s, whose daughter is in Year 8 at the school, said she desperately wanted to take her daughter out but struggled to find an alternative place at The Oxford Academy.
The Blackbird Leys mother, who asked not to be named, said: “Half of the kids have already left they’re all dropping, even teachers. It’s really bad.