WE have seen at first hand the effort, passion, dedication and commitment of the headteacher, staff and governors at Little Ridge Community Primary School.
Therefore, it is both shocking and saddening to read a report that judges it anything less than the ‘good’ school it was a short time ago.
While we recognise that standards form the basis of a school’s judgement under the current Ofsted schedule, we find it disappointing that the attributes that wholly develop a child, providing happiness, security and skills for life, have not been recognised.
Regardless of the ‘findings’ of the report, it is certain that the school has succeeded in building a safe, caring, happy and successful learning environment in the face of growing bureaucracy, pressure and political motive.
We are very proud to stand with so many in our respect for such a kind, caring, passionate and dedicated headteacher.
It seems that these are not the values that Ofsted recognises in today’s education arena.
The family support the decision of the headteacher to retire from a long and successful career and will continue to support him in his future endeavours.
We would like to thank the children, parents, staff and governors for the support they have shown him. We still believe Little Ridge to be a good school that provides a unique, personalised curriculum that engages learners, provides opportunities for them to grow and where the children are happy and enjoy learning; the experiences they receive are rich and varied. We wish all present and future ‘Little Ridgers’ every success.
CHRIS, NEIL, ADAM COLLINS AND JOANNE CAMPBELL
Family of Tom Collins, retired headteacher of Little Ridge Community Primary School