Ofsted warns school for ‘hoarding cash’ meant for disadvantaged pupils

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Ofsted inspectors have criticised leaders at Audenshaw School for hoarding cash designed to help poorer pupils – and for ‘not spending it wisely’.

…Audenshaw was rated as ‘requires improvement’ in every category in its latest inspection, a step up from inadequate.

The report highlighted the school’s management of pupil premium funds – money allocated to help disadvantaged students – as a concern…after finding £40,000 of pupil premium had been set aside to build a new learning centre.

Inspectors said: “Leaders and managers feel that this will have a significant impact on the progress of disadvantaged pupils.

“While this may be the case, it has not had a significant impact on the progress of those pupils who have already left and for whom the money was intended.”

Governors were criticised for not holding school leaders to account and the school’s self-evaluation was deemed ‘overgenerous.’…

The latest report follows years of turbulence at Audenshaw School.

In autumn 2014 it was branded inadequate by Ofsted and last June school governors denied a ‘mass exodus’ of staff, defending criticism of their headteacher, Jeanette Saw…

A spokesman for Audenshaw School said they said: “Audenshaw School welcomes the upgrade in our status following the latest inspection from OFSTED.

“The school has been given the status of Requires Improvement, one up from the Inadequate grade it received following an inspection in 2014…”

“Audenshaw School said the new learning resource centre built with pupil premium funding was almost complete.”

A spokesman added: “Many of our Pupil Premium students don’t have facilities at home to be able to revise and study effectively so they and other pupils said that a Learning Resource Centre would help them. “

More at: Troubled Audenshaw school still not performing, inspectors from Ofsted warn


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Is this not an obvious symbol of modern education as funding is steadily cut yet provision must improve?

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Is this not an obvious symbol of modern education as funding is steadily cut yet provision must improve?

  3. onlythinkingit

    SchoolsImprove Why would any school say that the pp money should be used to build a building and not expect critisism #dotheynotknowofsted?

  4. onlythinkingit

    SchoolsImprove and we often budget that pp money for kids they get nothing because politics says they shouldn’t.Isn’t that the real issue?

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