School slams Ofsted inspectors after it is judged to be inadequate
A SCHOOL which has been placed in special measures has lodged a formal complaint against a government inspection.
Failsworth School was given the lowest possible ranking of ‘inadequate’ by inspectors following a recent visit.
They criticised the school for not raising results quickly enough and branded the quality of teaching as inadequate.
The report also found too few students were making the least progress expected of them and pupils did not have a positive attitude to learning.
But in turn the secondary school has challenged the findings.
Headteacher John Meagher said: “The school – its staff, leadership and governors – can only express our great disappointment and anger at the published outcomes.
“We feel this judgement no way reflects the many strengths of the school.
“We feel the judgements were based on a narrow set of evidence.
“We feel the inspection and subsequent report also ignores our continued improvement and successes in many areas.”
The school was graded as requiring improvement back in February 2013 and was subject to monitoring visits each term.
Mr Meagher added: “It is our fervent hope that the points made in our complaint will lead to a review and change in the judgement initially made.
“However – regardless of the outcomes or judgement – we will go forward, we will improve results, and we will continue to build strong positive futures for the young people of Failsworth.
“We know the areas we have to improve, and we will improve them.”