A group of Herefordshire parents, unhappy with failings at Herefordshire Council’s children’s services department, are planning a demonstration at the council’s Plough Lane office on Monday morning (July 25).

The A Common Bond group plan the protest for 10.30am to coincide with a meeting between council officials and inspectors from Ofsted, the Government’s inspectorate for schools and children’s services.

Ofsted are currently in the middle of a two-week annual inspection of the department, which its head, Darryl Freeman, earlier warned would find it “inadequate”.


The Government served an improvement notice on the department over a year ago, while the previous Ofsted inspection last July found the council had “made little progress” since its highly critical inspection three years previously.

A Common Bond members, meanwhile, met North Herefordshire MP Sir Bill Wiggin yesterday morning (July 22) to put their concerns to him.

“A huge thank-you to Sir Bill for today's first meeting,” the group posted on its Facebook group afterwards.

“We are moving forward and being heard. Please keep coming forward!”