It should be possible to find out information about school governors on either a school’s website or the local education authority’s website, but I am having trouble digging out information about Three Bridges Junior School’s governors.Â Maybe I am losing my touch.
The reason I was trying to look up governors is this:Â I was reading this story in a local paper about Three Bridges Junior School being put into special measures after getting the lowest possible rating from Ofsted. The latest report gives an overall rating of 4.
It seemed like a very rapid decline, since the previous report in July 2008 was nowhere near as bad – getting either ‘good’ or ‘satisfactory’ in every category.Â OK, there were no ‘outstandings’ at all but then there were no ‘inadequate’ s either.
While looking at that I noticed that the chair of governors was somebody called Martin Grice and the name Grice rang a bit of a bell because Ryan Grice is a serial BNP candidate in Crawley elections.Â It turns out that a Martin Grice from Three Bridges appeared on the BNP membership list that appeared on Wikileaks a couple of years back.
It may just be a coincidence. There may well be two Martin Grices in Three Bridges but it is very difficult to establish one way or the other. The address for the school’s own website does not work: it just gives a ‘Directory listing denied’ error message.Â I can’t even see if the chair is a parent governor, staff representative or an appointment by the LEA, or when they first became a governor.
I suppose I could go through every set of council minutes on the WSCC website and maybe get somewhere, but I don’t fancy that, so how can I (and the parents of pupils at the school) know whether there is indeed a BNP member in charge or just somebody with the same name?