A Twitter page criticising governors at a Birmingham school could be shut down by police, according to the head teacher at the school.
The @SaltleyStaff account – which describes itself as “Staff at Saltley School fed up with Governors making poor decisions or no decisions” – was set up last month to express concerns about the governors and their roles.
The creation of the account coincided with staff voting to refuse to teach a pupil expelled from the school for allegedly threatening fellow students with a knife.
The trade union GMB later sent a letter of no confidence to the school following the decision to re-admit a pupil.
In a series of tweets in the past 24 hours, Saltley governors, members of Parliament and Birmingham City Council all come under fire for a lack of action over problems at the school.
The creator of the account, who claims to be a teacher at the school, said:
“There are a powerful group of governors who want their own way and are seeking to de-establish the management of the school by blocking progress.
“The main issue is not knives, it is who controls the governors of the school”.
Head teacher Balwant Bains does not believe the account is being updated by a member of staff, and says the Twitter page had been referred to the Police.
“We became aware of it a few weeks ago and have taken advice to get the site closed down as it is bringing negative attention to a school that was judged by Ofsted to be good with outstanding elements”.
He would not say what criminal grounds the account had been referred under.
In the lead up to a meeting of governors tonight at the St. Andrews stadium the account has suggested that three already “seem to have” resigned, while suggesting that staff concerns would not be discussed at the meeting. We are seeking more details on this and will update this post when we receive more information.