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North School in Essella Road in Ashford placed in special measures after being judged inadequate in all areas by Ofsted

24 February 2014
by Suz Elvey

An Ashford secondary school has been judged inadequate in all areas by Ofsted and placed in special measures.

The North School, in Essella Road, was inspected in December and the damning report - featuring the worst results a school can get - was finally published today.

The North School, Ashford, has been placed in special measures

The North School in Ashford received an inadequate Ofsted report

North School head teacher Lesley Ellis

North School head teacher Lesley Ellis

Ofsted inspector Steve Williams wrote in the report: "In accordance with the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school."

"This school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading... the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement..." - Steve Williams, Ofsted

The school was deemed inadequate in terms of the achievement of its pupils, the quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

The report revealed standards have not risen since the school received a satisfactory report in 2012 and said progress in both English and maths was well below average.

Teachers were slammed for having low expectations and failing to manage pupils' behaviour effectively.

The inspectors found a "significant minority" of pupils had no respect for others and there are parts of the school where pupils feel unsafe.

Head teacher Lesley Ellis as well as senior staff members and school governors have failed to bring about improvements, the report found.

Mr Williams said: "Leaders and managers have not been effective in improving achievement, teaching is inadequate and behaviour is not managed effectively.

"Governance is inadequate as governors have not been successful in ensuring that the school improves quickly enough."

He added: "The school's checks on how well it is doing are not rigorous; for example, the school is inaccurate in its judgement of the quality of teaching."


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