School slams Of­sted in­spec­tors after it is judged to be in­ad­e­quate

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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.”

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