Parents demand a new head for failing St Vincent's Primary School in west Hull
PARENTS at a failing city school are calling for the head to step down after a damning Ofsted report.
St Vincent's Primary School in west Hull was placed in special measures by the watchdog after teaching, achievement and leadership and management of the school were all labelled inadequate.
Head Veronica Evans says she and other senior managers at the school are working to quickly turn its fortunes around.
But parents say they have lost confidence in her ability to take the school out of the failing category and are urging her to step down.
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A parent, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's a kind of vote of no confidence in her.
"We have lost confidence in her being able to take the school forward.
"It is time to bring someone else in to revolutionise the school.
"The Ofsted was satisfactory last time. It should at the very least have stayed like that and not gone backwards."
After receiving a letter from the head about the failed inspection, parents met to discuss what they could do to help the school.
They say they will approach the governing body, responsible for staffing at the school.
The parent said: "We feel she should step down.
"She hasn't and it is creating quite an atmosphere in the playground.
"It is only a small school and we are a very close community.
"It is really sad to see it failing.
"We are planning to put a petition together and we are going to present it to the governors, just to show them our concerns."
And they want action taking immediately so pupils can have a fresh start.
"It needs to be now," said the parent. "We need the head to listen to what the parents are saying."
The school is the third primary in three months to go into special measures after Mersey Primary and Craven Primary were also deemed as failing. Head teachers at both those schools relinquished their posts.
In labelling leadership and management inadequate, Ofsted said senior leaders and managers at the Queens Road school have been ineffective in improving the school.
The report said: "Since the previous inspection, pupils' achievement, the quality of teaching and the effectiveness of leadership and management have all declined."
It said there was no clear structure to the school's leadership.
Governors also came in for criticism.
Inspectors said the governance of the school was inadequate.
Claire Shaw, chair of governors at the school, said: "The governors and the local authority are working with the Diocese of Middlesbrough director of schools and we are looking at issues to improve the school as rapidly as possible.
"It is not that we are not concerned, we are very concerned about the school.
"And that is our main focus at the moment."
Ken Sainty, assistant head of standards and improvement at Hull City Council, said: "As with any school in special measures, we are working with the board of governors and, in this case, the Diocese of Middlesbrough, to look at all options to ensure that we address all the areas where improvement is needed as rapidly as possible."
Ms Evans was unavailable for comment.