Rogerstone Primary School headteacher resigns

RESIGNED: Rogerstone Primary School head teacher Sam Yeoman

RESIGNED: Rogerstone Primary School head teacher Sam Yeoman

First published in News

A HEADTEACHER of a troubled Newport school under investigation over national tests conducted at the school has resigned.

Sam Yeoman has left her post at Rogerstone Primary School for personal reasons, according to current acting head teacher Steve Rayer.

The move comes shortly after the resignation of the chairman of the school governors, Ernie Watkins.

Newport council yesterday would not comment on the news but did confirm that an investigation is ongoing.

Mr Rayer told the Argus yesterday that Ms Yeoman has resigned.

He said Belinda Cook, the chairwoman of governors, informed him that it was for personal reasons.

“I am delighted that the governing body has extended my secondment until August 31,” he said.

Mr Rayer has come to the school from Pantside Primary School in Caerphilly county borough.

Parents have been told that governors will decide on permanent arrangements during his secondment.

The Argus reported last year that Ms Yeoman and her deputy head teacher had been “granted temporary leave” by mutual agreement as the investigation continued.

The then chairman of governors Ernie Watkins had told parents that the investigation was examining National Reading and Numeracy Tests held at the school earlier this year.

Council emails released under the Freedom of Information Act previously revealed that the council had received a number of complaints about how the tests were run. A document from the Educational Achievement Service previously claimed that the way national tests were conducted at Rogerstone Primary School was open to potential abuse.

Labour Rogerstone councillor Chris Evans said: “Rogerstone Primary is fundamentally a good school with dedicated teachers and great kids. Since Steve took over, I’ve heard nothing but glowing reports.”

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11:32am Tue 11 Feb 14

vickisims says...

I as a parent of a child at rogerstone, I hope the governors listen to voices of the children and parents and keep mr rayer on permanently. . He is a fantastic head just what rogerstone primary needs!!!!!
I as a parent of a child at rogerstone, I hope the governors listen to voices of the children and parents and keep mr rayer on permanently. . He is a fantastic head just what rogerstone primary needs!!!!! vickisims
  • Score: 16

12:48pm Tue 11 Feb 14

rylandlloyd says...

The school has never been a 'troubled' school, it was the case of a troubled leadership / management. I echo the comment of 'vickisims' to keep Mr Rayer at the school.
The whole atmosphere at the school is vastly better since the change in leadership.
Hopefully some of the parents who have previously run to the press and hidden behind anonymity will have the trust and conviction to talk directly to the school and not go elsewhere, it only affects our children.
The school has never been a 'troubled' school, it was the case of a troubled leadership / management. I echo the comment of 'vickisims' to keep Mr Rayer at the school. The whole atmosphere at the school is vastly better since the change in leadership. Hopefully some of the parents who have previously run to the press and hidden behind anonymity will have the trust and conviction to talk directly to the school and not go elsewhere, it only affects our children. rylandlloyd
  • Score: 15

12:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Daisydoolally says...

The school is a completely different place!!!
Let's hope Mr Rayer stays!!
It's a fantastic school with fantastic staff, and now the cloud has been lifted we can move on.
Onwards and upwards for rogerstone!
The school is a completely different place!!! Let's hope Mr Rayer stays!! It's a fantastic school with fantastic staff, and now the cloud has been lifted we can move on. Onwards and upwards for rogerstone! Daisydoolally
  • Score: 16

1:05pm Tue 11 Feb 14

BooHG1 says...

Please keep Mr Rayer. The whole atmosphere of the school has changed. The children know who their head is and the staff seem so much happier. This results in happy children therefore happy parents.
Please keep Mr Rayer. The whole atmosphere of the school has changed. The children know who their head is and the staff seem so much happier. This results in happy children therefore happy parents. BooHG1
  • Score: 15

3:35pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Ash1974 says...

"Troubled Newport School"
Come on Argus, get your facts right, the school is not in trouble or is not deemed to be "troubled" it was the Head Teacher who was troubled and as a result has resigned.

The school has always been great and after a short period of downturn (mainly due to said resigned troubled teacher) it is back where it belongs.
School is a happy place again, kids are smiling, parents are chirpy and it is all down to the hard work by the teachers under the superb leadership of Mr Rayer.

Keep up the good work....
"Troubled Newport School" Come on Argus, get your facts right, the school is not in trouble or is not deemed to be "troubled" it was the Head Teacher who was troubled and as a result has resigned. The school has always been great and after a short period of downturn (mainly due to said resigned troubled teacher) it is back where it belongs. School is a happy place again, kids are smiling, parents are chirpy and it is all down to the hard work by the teachers under the superb leadership of Mr Rayer. Keep up the good work.... Ash1974
  • Score: 16

6:44pm Tue 11 Feb 14

fedupjon says...

Rogerstone has been a very good school for many years including the reign of Mrs Yeoman as Head and Deputy. However the comments here and in previous articles suggest a major falling out for whatever reason.
One thing is certain and that is Newport Council has taken far too long to deal with the relatively simple investigation of the testing system used at the school. Why has this taken so long, enabling problems to fester.
The article also refers to the previous Chairman of governors who I must say has worked tirelessly for the school over an extended period and will be missed.
Rogerstone has been a very good school for many years including the reign of Mrs Yeoman as Head and Deputy. However the comments here and in previous articles suggest a major falling out for whatever reason. One thing is certain and that is Newport Council has taken far too long to deal with the relatively simple investigation of the testing system used at the school. Why has this taken so long, enabling problems to fester. The article also refers to the previous Chairman of governors who I must say has worked tirelessly for the school over an extended period and will be missed. fedupjon
  • Score: -17

12:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

whatthefoxsay says...

I think the publication of todays Estyn Inspection Report might disagree with you there fedupjon :o(
I think the publication of todays Estyn Inspection Report might disagree with you there fedupjon :o( whatthefoxsay
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

whatthefoxsay says...

whatthefoxsay wrote:
I think the publication of todays Estyn Inspection Report might disagree with you there fedupjon :o(
Let's hope Mr Rayer can turn the school around again & turn in back into the 'outstanding' school it was in the 2008 report.
[quote][p][bold]whatthefoxsay[/bold] wrote: I think the publication of todays Estyn Inspection Report might disagree with you there fedupjon :o([/p][/quote]Let's hope Mr Rayer can turn the school around again & turn in back into the 'outstanding' school it was in the 2008 report. whatthefoxsay
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

keep calm and drink wine says...

Wish the argus stop putting our school down. The teachers r amazing and work very hard. Nothing is too much trouble, Mr rayer has turned the school around for the better. I seen improvement that r just brilliant. ... very well done rogerstone pirmary school iam proud to send my kids there....
Wish the argus stop putting our school down. The teachers r amazing and work very hard. Nothing is too much trouble, Mr rayer has turned the school around for the better. I seen improvement that r just brilliant. ... very well done rogerstone pirmary school iam proud to send my kids there.... keep calm and drink wine
  • Score: 0

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