School that had governing body replaced by an IEB now goes into special measures

The Yorkshire Post is reporting that a Bradford school where the council removed the governing body and replaced it with an interim executive board (IEB) last year has now gone into special measures.

Laisterdyke’s Business and Enterprise College’s former governors were replaced because of concerns about their “actions and effectiveness.”

However a new Ofsted report warns that the IEB which replaced them had not been effective in challenging the school about quality of teaching and performance of pupils.

The inspectors describe leadership, management and governance as weak. And the report says teachers do not consistently expect enough from pupils. However it does praise the school’s new interim principal for having “a clear and ambitious vision” to get the school back on track…

The school is set to become an academy sponsored by the Tauheedul Academy Trust. Commenting on the report the IEB board said: “The Ofsted report recognises the positive impact of early intervention by interim school leaders. As governors we continue to work in partnership with the college, the local authority and colleagues from Immanuel College and the preferred academy sponsor, Tauheedul Academy Trust, to bring about rapid change and improvement for children at the college.”

The school’s former governing body was removed last year after Bradford Council applied to the Government. At the time the school had been linked to the Trojan Horse row in Birmingham where a group of governors had been accused of pursuing an “Islamist” agenda. However both the council and the former governors denied any similar issues were affecting Laisterdyke.

It was reported last year there had been tension over the former Laisterdyke governing body’s plans to bring in Tahir Alam, then chairman of governors at Park View Academy to deliver training…

The new Ofsted report notes that Laisterdyke is now receiving school-to-school support from another successful Bradford secondary: Immanuel College.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s executive member for education, skills and culture, said: “We have already taken the decisive action required at Laisterdyke by putting in place strong school-to-school support. The Ofsted inspectors report early signs that the strong support from Immanuel College is having a positive effect. The organised transition to the proposed academy sponsor is now vital to make sure there is a unified approach to delivering the improvements everyone wants to see quickly.”

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Read the Ofsted report in full:

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The school doesn’t seem to have had the easiest of times recently but let’s hope they are now moving in the right direction for all concerned.

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  1. Monitoring in June 2014 said: ‘Members of the IEB have brought useful expertise to the college and they are well placed
    to monitor the college’s progress and develop links with the wider
    Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to have been maintained.  Or was the monitoring conclusion over-optimistic?

  2. wasateacher

    If the school is improving under its informal arrangement to get support from anothe school and a new head, why rock the boat by converting it to a sponsored academy?  It looks as though the local authority and others are working hard to work things out and being converted to academy status is almost as likely to damage the school as it is to improve it.

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