Boris Johnson-backed academy ‘must do more to improve’

The website GetWestLondon is reporting that a school backed by London mayor Boris Johnson has been told it must do more to address shortcomings identified by inspectors.

Kingsley Academy was last May rated ‘requires improvement’ – the second lowest of four possible grades – by inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted. 

The school, in Cecil Road, Hounslow, received a follow-up visit in October and has now been told it has not done enough to tackle the issues raised. 

“Senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the last section 5 inspection in order to become a good school,” states the monitoring report, which was published last Wednesday (November 18).

Kingsley Academy changed its name from Hounslow Manor School two years ago when it became an academy. It had been rated ‘good’ in 2011 under its previous guise.

The secondary school, which is sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), was officially opened by Mr Johnson in April 2013 and was the fourth of his London Mayoral Academies. 

Inspectors found some action had been taken to improve teaching since May but said more work was needed, particularly when it came to written feedback for pupils and access to science labs and textbooks.

“In summary, the school has failed to take action with sufficient urgency that will ensure it is judged good at its next inspection,” stated the latest report..

Ofsted said the school may be the subject of more monitoring visits before its next full inspection.

Former headteacher Anjali Sakhardande has left the school since the last Ofsted report, though her departure is not understood to be linked to Ofsted’s judgement.

Paul Phillips has been installed as interim principal, with Lesley Kirby lined up to take over from January…

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  1. AET was allowed to grow too quickly.  The DfE should bear responsibility for allowing this reckless expansion.  In fact, in 2011 Gove said he wanted chains to grow as quickly as possible.
    He got his wish.

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