Ofsted inspectors pelted with food and jostled in corridors on nightmare school visit.

The Telegraph reports that Ofsted inspectors were pelted with food in a classroom on a nightmare school visit.

Out-of-control pupils also threw food at them in a canteen and jostled past them in the corridors.

The inspectors promptly placed the 1430-pupil Willenhall E-ACT Academy, in Walsall, West Midlands, into special measures.

The findings revealed a catalogue of issues, including poor student behaviour and sub-standard teaching.

It stated one third of pupils in Years 7 to 11 are regularly absent, students feel unsafe and teachers are regularly interrupted in lessons.

The report states: “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.

“During 2015 and 2016, 70 per cent of teachers left the school. This high turnover of staff has greatly hampered what leaders have been able to accomplish.

“Over a third of pupils in Years 7 to 11 are persistently absent. Of these, just under a half are disadvantaged pupils. 

Amongst all the negative reports, the inspectors did provide a glimmer of hope for the academy.

They stated the school recognises the challenges it faces and had begun to address some of the concerns.They added that a vocational sixth form was proving a hit with students.

An E-ACT Trust spokesman said: “Naturally we are disappointed by Ofsted’s decision.

“However, under the strong leadership of Ms Kirsty Jones as the recently appointed headteacher, and with the close support that we provide across all aspects of the academy, we are confident that Willenhall Academy will continue to make rapid progress so that we can offer the best possible education to our students.”

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