Educating Greater Manchester school put into special measures

Standards at Harrop Fold school, which was once rated the worst in the country but was presented as resurgent in the Channel 4 programme and had come to be rated as good by 2013, have slipped to an unacceptably low level, according to Ofsted. The Guardian reports.

“The school is failing its pupils. Significant and wide-ranging weaknesses have developed over time … Pupils are not properly safeguarded. The school site is not secure,” the education watchdog’s report said.

The inspectors added: “Pupils currently in the school do not learn well enough … Teaching and learning are highly inconsistent in quality. Teachers do not plan effectively to meet pupils’ needs. Teachers’ expectations are too low.”

The problems in the school were highlighted in September, when the headteacher, Drew Povey, quit and a public row erupted between him and Salford city council. He had been suspended in the summer, along with three other members of staff, after the council began an investigation.

In its report, Ofsted said: “There is currently considerable uncertainty concerning [the school’s] leadership … Record-keeping about pupils’ attendance, behaviour and safeguarding has been weak.”

Following his resignation, Damian Owen was appointed as the interim headteacher, provided by the Greater Manchester Learning Trust. Ofsted said he had started to address the school’s problems.

The council said the Department for Education would identify an experienced academy sponsor to support the school, which has 860 pupils aged 11 to 16.

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