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Worthing High's Chair of Governors Must Go

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We, the undersigned parents and carers of current Worthing High School students have been horrified to see the decline in the school's achievements in the last two years, culminating in the failing of its last Ofsted report. Whilst we support the acting head and leadership team in their efforts to bring the school out of special measures and improve standards, we feel that the current governing body, and in particular the Chair and Vice-Chair, need to take responsibility for the school's recent troubles and resign with immediate effect. The primary function of a governing body is to ensure academic standards are retained and improved upon, yet comparison of the 2009, 2011 and 2013 Ofsted reports reveal the reverse trend at Worthing High. We are particularly concerned that issues raised about teaching standards were not acted upon with greater alacrity, leading to the current situation. It is also clear to us that the governing body's race to achieve academy conversion, despite the concerns of staff and parents, led to the high turnover of teaching staff at the end of the summer term 2012 and also had a detrimental impact on morale. The impact on academic standards has been clear to see. For these reasons the governing body's performance over the last two years can only be viewed as a failure. We need a new Chair and Vice-Chair to take a strategic, pro-active leadership role, with a real focus on education and standards.'

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