A Runcorn free school once hailed by David Cameron has been slated by the education watchdog and graded ‘inadequate’ amid warnings of pupils not fulfilling their potential.
Ofsted focused its sharpest criticism on Sandymoor School’s GCSE performance, which was ‘among the worst nationally’ in 2016 and 2017.
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THE DECISION to pair up a failing school with an academy trust has been made behind closed doors.
Waltham Holy Cross school will be run by the Net Academies Trust (NETAT), an email from regional schools commissioner Sue Baldwin to a parent revealed last week.
When the Waltham Abbey based school was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors in March, its future conversion into an academy was sealed under Department of Education rules.
While many parents found the judgement hard to swallow and felt it did not reflect the good work of recently appointed headteacher Erica Barnet, the swift appointment of the academy trust – behind closed doors – left them reeling.
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Poor results will no longer lead to schools being forced to become academies, under a major overhaul of the accountability system outlined by the DfE.
Education secretary Damian Hinds will today promise headteachers more clarity about how it will hold schools to account in the future, following concerns that the current system is increasing teacher workload and making it harder to recruit good leaders to schools in disadvantaged areas.
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Almost a fifth of university technical colleges that have been inspected are now in special measures after a UTC that offers “too narrow” a curriculum was declared “inadequate”.
Today’s Ofsted report for Medway UTC, in Kent, means that five of the 26 UTCs that have been inspected are now rated “inadequate” – 10 times the overall rate for state-funded schools.
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