Pupils at Educating Greater Manchester school were put ‘at risk daily’

The school from the Educating Greater Manchester TV series was “putting children at risk daily” because of inadequate safeguarding, according to a new Ofsted report. Tes reports.

Following a monitoring inspection last month, Ofsted said improvements had been made at Harrop Fold School and pupils are “no longer” at risk.

However, the report said leaders at the school were still “working hard to gain the support and trust” of parents in the face of “significant hostility”.

Drew Povey, who was headteacher during the TV series, quit in September2018 after he was suspended alongside three other staff members owing to “administrative errors”.

Ofsted’s November inspection report highlighted that pupils had been deleted from the school roll shortly before the date of the Department for Education’s annual census of schools each January.

Ofsted returned for a monitoring inspection in March. Today, it published the letter it sent to the interim headteacher, Claire Wright, after the visit.

“Since the last inspection, safeguarding systems, processes and procedures have been established,” it says. “As this letter will show, you came in to support a school that was putting children at risk daily. This is no longer the case.”

“The most challenging of actions requiring attention is to improve pupils’ understanding of how to keep themselves safe,” it says.

On the issue of exclusions, the letter says: “Importantly, when exclusions have been issued, they are recorded correctly.”

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