The Carlile Report
Fr Abbot expects to receive the final report in the next two weeks. Initially, he will be sharing the report with both the Monastic Community and the Board of School Advisors, but he is keen to publish the report in full as quickly as is practical.
The report will be presented to parents at the next Parental Forum on Tuesday 8th November at 7.15pm. Fr Abbot and I will set out the main findings of the report and its recommendations and how we will go about implementing them. We will be happy to take questions at the meeting.
The report will then be made public on Wednesday 9th November. A Clarion Call will be sent to parents alerting them that it will be available on the School’s website. It will also be sent to the ISI, the DfE and the Charity Commission. An official press statement will be made at this time.
Please note that the Parental Forum will be a closed meeting and entrance will be restricted to current parents and members of staff. Refreshments will be available from 6.45pm, so do come along early.
This is all rather dreadfully transparent. The report will be provided to parents at the Parental Forum on 8th November. They won't have had time to read it and so won't know what questions need to be asked. But questions will be invited at the forum, and then the report will be made public. The Parental Forum is going to be a closed meeting. What this means is that there will be security on the gates with the specific intention of keeping me out so I can't ask awkward questions and embarrass the Abbot. And the wine they will serve at 6.45 and which they encourage you to arrive early for will put you in a good mood and dull the edge of your concentration.
No subsequent meeting has been scheduled, or at least no subsequent meeting has been announced. As far as we know, there will be no opportunity for parents to ask questions once they have had an opportunity to read and understand the report. It seems that you're going to have to accept the Abbot's proposals for how they are going to implement whatever reforms they intend, and then you're supposed to shut up and accept it without further ado.
I can think of lots of very good questions that need to be asked. The most obvious and important one is to ask whether there will be a further opportunity to discuss the report with the headmaster and Abbot and ask questions about it once parents have had a chance to read and understand it.
I don't think the Abbot or headmaster should have too many of the questions telegraphed to him in advance. If you are a concerned parent and want to be as well-prepared as possible for the meeting, feel free to email me, and I can provide you with a few more questions to ask.