Prestigious free school failed over staff safeguarding

An independent school that became a free school has been judged “inadequate” after it failed to follow legal guidance following “serious allegations” about staff.

Bradford Girls’ Grammar School, which was founded in 1875 and joined the state sector as a free school in 2013, said it is challenging Ofsted’s verdict.

It says: “There are significant weaknesses in leaders’ actions following serious allegations about staff and cases of staff misconduct. Leaders did not take all the action required of them under statutory safeguarding guidance.”

Today’s report, which follows an inspection in March 2019, calls on the school to “urgently amend” its safeguarding practice.

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