Schools run by same trust get two inadequate Ofsted reports in a week

Schools run by same trust get two inadequate Ofsted reports in a week

Two academies run by the same education trust have been deemed to be inadequate by school inspectors. Longdendale High School in Hyde and Rayner Stephens High School in Dukinfield received the lowest possible grading by Ofsted, in reports published this week. The two schools are part of the Tameside-based Aspire Plus Educational Trust. The trust says that while the overall judgements are 'disappointing' it has improvement plans already in place. In their report, inspectors said weaknesses in the past curriculum at Longdendale have not served pupils well. They said that in recent years pupils have made much less progress than pupils in other schools by the end of year 11. The report noted that in English, art and drama pupils reach high standards because the curriculum is ambitious, and teachers are skilled. In other subjects however, a 'weak curriculum and lots of staff changes' had stopped pupils from achieving well, said inspectors. Inspectors also said that pupil behaviour was not managed well by teachers and leaders, and that governors and trustees had 'failed in their duty' to address the decline in the standards of behaviour at the school. They found that as a result, pupils do not learn as well as they should, many are not proud of their school and have 'lost faith in the ability of school leaders to maintain high standards of behaviour'. The report did state that school leaders’ efforts to improve the quality of education are beginning to pay off. Overall, inspectors graded the quality of education and personal development ...
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