Headteacher of failing Llantarnam school retires

South Wales Argus: Headteacher David Bright Headteacher David Bright

THE head teacher of a failing Cwmbran school has retired just three months after a damning Estyn inspection.

Torfaen council confirmed that David Bright's retired on February 15, nine years after he took up the post in September 2003.

The school and Mr Bright came under much criticism from inspectors Estyn, who placed it in special measures in November after its current performance and prospects for improving were judged unsatisfactory.

It said senior management was failing and governors wasted no time in appointing executive head teacher Geoff Conway to oversee improvement for 12 months.

Many parents called for Mr Bright's resignation after the report highlighted increasing levels of bullying, poor pupil behaviour, and said some teachers could not control troublesome students.

It said only a minority of lessons were planned well and the majority did not challenge students enough to develop thinking skills.

It found the performance of pupils sitting GCSE and equivalent qualifications was significantly lower than similar schools and a number of pupils failed to make sufficient progress in literacy and learning skills.

Around eight per cent of pupils who left the 1,310 pupil school are not in education, work of training, was higher than both the Welsh and local authority average and a number.

At the time Mr Bright said he was "bitterly disappointed" with Estyn's findings and whilst he accepted the recommendations, said he thought some aspects of the report were unfair.

Immediate improvements were put in place to improve pupil safety and behaviour including new perimeter fences to make it easier for staff to monitor students and additional governors were put in place to provide further support.

When Mr Conway came on board last November he vowed to make Llantarnam a school parents could be proud of.

The vice-principle of Croydon's Quest Academy, which made national headlines in 2011 when it banned pupils from hugging, giving high-fives and wearing coats inside, is tasked with driving performance improvement at Llantarnam at a cost to the tax payer on a annual salary of at least £82,000.

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1:14pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Sometimes says...

It wasn't just Mr Bright at fault, his senior teachers should also go. Speaking from experience I didn't find them of any use when needed at all instead they were more interested in pushing the problems towards others to deal with. Torfaen LEA need to start taking some action to justify their existance, otherwise they should go too.
Poor performance shouldn't be rewarded, in the real world if you can't do the job, then you're sacked, it should be no different for teachers, children only get one chance at education.
It wasn't just Mr Bright at fault, his senior teachers should also go. Speaking from experience I didn't find them of any use when needed at all instead they were more interested in pushing the problems towards others to deal with. Torfaen LEA need to start taking some action to justify their existance, otherwise they should go too. Poor performance shouldn't be rewarded, in the real world if you can't do the job, then you're sacked, it should be no different for teachers, children only get one chance at education. Sometimes
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1:29pm Thu 28 Feb 13

arvinda strop says...

Never one to be contentious but if the senior teachers were not up to it he was tasked to replace them it was his job to get shot of them, you could say he was guilty of showing loyalty to keep his teachers on side hence failure to do his job, whatever way you look at it.
Never one to be contentious but if the senior teachers were not up to it he was tasked to replace them it was his job to get shot of them, you could say he was guilty of showing loyalty to keep his teachers on side hence failure to do his job, whatever way you look at it. arvinda strop
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7:37pm Thu 28 Feb 13

WelshBlokeJas says...

Ever heard of a teacher being sacked for poor performance? I would be surprised if 5 were let go in the last 10 years for that reason. The unions have this profession so militarised and one sided they cannot be managed effectively as per the "real world", unfortunately as is the case here, its the pupils that suffer.
Ever heard of a teacher being sacked for poor performance? I would be surprised if 5 were let go in the last 10 years for that reason. The unions have this profession so militarised and one sided they cannot be managed effectively as per the "real world", unfortunately as is the case here, its the pupils that suffer. WelshBlokeJas
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10:39pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Floppy backed says...

WelshBlokeJas wrote:
Ever heard of a teacher being sacked for poor performance? I would be surprised if 5 were let go in the last 10 years for that reason. The unions have this profession so militarised and one sided they cannot be managed effectively as per the "real world", unfortunately as is the case here, its the pupils that suffer.
Absolutely, it is a team effort and I am sure its not just the head who failed. Any institution relies on its senior management to run a successful operation. Trouble is their hands are tied and shifting on drab poor to average teachers is impossible due to the unions.I have never known a teacher be sacked but moved on to another poor school which would never happen in the private sector. On the other hand managing all these wild kids uninspired by their parents cannot help. If I was head I'd change that uniform and stop the girls walking around like sl*ts with skirts just about skimming their neither regions. These are the business people of the future and they should learn to dress appropriately. As a comprehensive girl of the 80's no one was ever allowed in school looking like these girls - what a joke!
[quote][p][bold]WelshBlokeJas[/bold] wrote: Ever heard of a teacher being sacked for poor performance? I would be surprised if 5 were let go in the last 10 years for that reason. The unions have this profession so militarised and one sided they cannot be managed effectively as per the "real world", unfortunately as is the case here, its the pupils that suffer.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, it is a team effort and I am sure its not just the head who failed. Any institution relies on its senior management to run a successful operation. Trouble is their hands are tied and shifting on drab poor to average teachers is impossible due to the unions.I have never known a teacher be sacked but moved on to another poor school which would never happen in the private sector. On the other hand managing all these wild kids uninspired by their parents cannot help. If I was head I'd change that uniform and stop the girls walking around like sl*ts with skirts just about skimming their neither regions. These are the business people of the future and they should learn to dress appropriately. As a comprehensive girl of the 80's no one was ever allowed in school looking like these girls - what a joke! Floppy backed
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9:46am Fri 1 Mar 13

Magor says...

He will be getting a nice pay off and pension all paid for by the taxpayer for many years to come,sadly for not doing his job.
He will be getting a nice pay off and pension all paid for by the taxpayer for many years to come,sadly for not doing his job. Magor
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