Unit 36 Contributing to a Safe Working Environment

Task 2
A description of the organisation I work for

I work at Abbeydale Grange School, which is a mixed comprehensive secondary school, set in a beautiful green site off Abbeydale Road, just a short bus journey from Sheffield city centre. The school serves the local community as well as the wider multi-racial city community, with over 40 different languages spoken by pupils. The school has adopted Media Arts Status, meaning we provided excellent provision and are a beacon school in subject areas such as; Drama, Art, Music and Creative Media.

Originally the school was named Abbeydale Grammar School for Boys, but became a comprehensive in 1969. In 2007, the school attempted to underpin its future by opting out of local authority control and taking independent foundation status. However, in recent years the local authority did not use its legal powers to intervene despite there being clear evidence that all was not well within the school. The school became a National Challenge school, meaning its GCSE results of 5 A* - C, including English and Maths were below the National level of 30%. The fact that the school has approximately 60/70 % of pupils with EAL needs (English not being their first language), wasn’t taken into consideration. It was in 2009, after an unsatisfactory Ofsted report that the LEA, inevitably decided to close the school. Although, the Ofsted report indicated that the problems within the school were down to the management and not the teaching staff. After a campaign by parents, teachers and ex-pupils, the council committee decided not to follow the LEA to consult on closure but to try and secure a Hard Federation partner (joining with another secondary school and sharing the same Head and governing body).
There is great dispute over the nature and conduct of the consultation process that was recently conducted. Many parents live away from the local area and neither speak nor read English, which inevitable meant that some consultation events...