Dear friends,

 

I continue to work with the trustees at Park View Educational Trust as well as representatives of the DfE in order to ensure that Parents can be involved in the school and that we have the best education possible for our young people.

 

You may remember that I published a letter which I sent to the PVET Trustees after our meeting in November. You can read a copy of that letter here

 

You can read the response from the PVET Trustees below:

 

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Dear Liam

 

Thank you very much for meeting with us on Friday.  We appreciate the honest dialogue and your acknowledgement of our efforts to do the best possible for Park View, Nansen and Golden Hillock Schools.  We are also very appreciative of your offer to support a positive way forward and for your assertion that we are the right people to lead the schools to a brighter future.

 

We completely understand why you would wish to support the elections of parents to the Local Governing Bodies but we are mindful of the extraordinary situation surrounding PVET.  We take our responsibilities very seriously and want to be certain that we are appointing people with the skills and commitment to take the schools forward positively.  Once we establish the Local Governing Body in each school, we will then move on to make arrangements for the elections of parents at Director level.  We will keep you fully informed of our plans and decisions.

 

Thank you for your specific offers of support, particularly offering to consult with local business leaders as potential new partners and to reinforce messages to parents about the progress the schools are making.  Both these actions will be very helpful and will further support our progress.

 

You are most welcome to visit the schools to meet students and talk to parents.  The staff are working very hard to get the schools out of special measures and will appreciate your interest.  We know that you recognise the challenges we are facing.

 

Please rest assured that we are doing everything possible to move these schools forward and reduce anxiety among all stakeholders. We are also working creatively to provide the children at our schools the best possible opportunities. We were pleased to welcome you to Park View’s KS4 Celebration Evening last Friday and appreciate your enthusiasm to offer us continued encouragement and practical support.

 

Thank you very much for your interest and support and for giving us so much time on Friday.  We feel that we now have a more positive way forward.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Kamal Hanif OBE, Pat Smart, Yvonne Wilkinson and Adrian Packer