School placed into special measures during ‘Trojan horse’ investigation again rated inadequate

The Birmingham Post is reporting that a local school plunged into special measures during the Trojan Horse scandal has once again been rated ‘inadequate’ following an Ofsted inspection…

Golden Hillock School was one of five to be placed into special measures by the education watchdog in April last year following snap inspections during the investigation of an alleged plot by hardline Muslims to take over governing bodies.

Since then, it has been under close scrutiny by Ofsted, undergoing three monitoring inspections.

Last month, it underwent its first full inspection and the watchdog has found that “despite some improvements” in the 15 months since it was first deemed inadequate, it has once again had the same rating and remains in special measures.

Pupils’ behaviour was criticised, as was the school’s high turnover of staff and dependence on supply teachers.

It comes just weeks after Sir Mike Tomlinson – Birmingham’s education commissioner – spoke out about city schools struggling to recruit teachers in the wake of the scandal...

Golden Hillock is set to be taken over by the ARK chain of academies in September when it is due to be rebranded with a new leadership team, name and school uniform…

More at: ‘Inadequate’ rating from Ofsted for Birmingham school

 

The report indicates that many of the issues at the school appear to stem from high staff turnover and absences – two aspects no doubt exacerbated by the Trojan horse connection.

Perhaps this is a case where a fresh start under a new name, sponsor and leadership team will be be the best course of action…

 

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  1. TW

    Perhaps this is a case where an academy school should be closed and reopened as a normal school with support from the local authority.

  2. TW

    Perhaps this is a case where an academy school should be closed and reopened as a normal school with support from the local authority.

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