This article is directed specifically at parents of pupils at St Augustine's.
As you can see from the ISI report, there have been severe problems with safeguarding at St. Augustine's school. And as you can also see from Mrs. Gumley Mason's covering letter and subsequent silence, it seems that there is not going to be any voluntary movement by the school on this issue.
So, if anything is going to be done, you are going to have to initiate it yourselves and apply some pressure. I suspect that you're going to have to meet and form a group. If you're in a group, bullying tactics can't work against you - you can't be picked off one by one. As for the possibility of retribution against your daughters, it is worth nothing that most people, including an overwhelming majority of teachers, have a sense of profound disgust at the idea of somebody deliberately harming children. As a result, I think you may find that a significant proportion of the staff are very
sympathetic and would do their best to see to it that no retribution can occur, and will passively or actively cooperate in seeing to it that there are improvements.
So, what can you do, and what should you do? I'm not the person to tell
you what you should do. It is your daughters' education and safety we
are speaking of, not mine. You are the ones having to evaluate the risk.
I'm going to carry on doing some research as to what has been going on. I hope you will find that helpful. But I can't change anything directly. I have no standing with the school, for instance, I can't storm the headmistress' office and demand changes. But you can.
So, you almost certainly need to form a group if anything is going to be done. Then you will need to decide together what you want. It needs to be reasonably practical, and it needs of course to be something the school can legally deliver.
After that, you will need to decide how you are going to try and achieve it.
I'm sure there are some among you with legal experience and the ability to do research. I don't doubt that some of you have some degree of campaigning experience, either in local politics or in other kinds of campaigns. You are an educated bunch, wise in the ways of the world, and clearly wanting your children to have a good education so that they can achieve things and enjoy all that life has to offer.
If you decide that changes need to be made, then you have the means and the power to achieve this, if you decide it is important enough to put in the effort and start acting together. I'm very happy to offer ideas and suggestions if requested, but it is not my place to organise this. Start phoning and emailing each other.