Berkshire

Reading headteacher faces parents' no confidence call

More than 160 parents have signed a letter calling for a vote on the future of the headteacher of a Reading school.

The parents at Moorlands Primary School in Tilehurst say they feel "let down" by the leadership of Sudhana Singh.

Reading Council said it will hold an independent review into the complaints but said Mrs Singh, who has declined to comment, will remain in her role.

The group of parents want to register opposition with a vote and want action by the local education authority.

But other parents, whose children are among the 432 pupils, have supported Mrs Singh.

'Lack of care'

Kes Willliams said: "[My daughter] loves it at Moorlands. I have nothing but praise for [the school] which has done such a lot for my daughter.

"I think the accusations aimed at Mrs Singh are inaccurate and petitions were signed after false information was given to parents."

The letter claims Mrs Singh does not seem to know her staff and has a "low profile" at assemblies and other school events.

A parent, who did not want to be named, said: "This is not a measure we have taken lightly, and have given it serious consideration over a lengthy period of time.

"It is also not to be deemed a personal attack against the headteacher, but we do have serious concerns over her management of the school and our children's education."

Mrs Singh started the role last September.

The letter, which has been signed by 169 parents in two days, said: "We appreciate that the transition of a new headteacher into a school can be a difficult time, but we feel that enough time has been given for this process, and we feel highly disappointed and let down with the lack of apparent care and concern for our children in her school."

Reading Borough Council said it takes the concerns seriously and said it would look into the issues raised.

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