Almost 200 small independent schools are still open despite repeatedly failing to reach Ofsted standards, according to new Schools Week analysis, suggesting the government needs to do more to intervene.
In the past three years, 190 non-associated private schools failed the independent school standards but stayed open, and 48 per cent are still open despite falling short twice or more. Just three have closed.
Independent schools can fail across five main areas: safeguarding, health and safety; moral and social development of pupils; premises and accommodation; complaints procedures; and the quality of education, including teaching and the curriculum.
A boarding school which has been threatened with closure is to take the Government to court over its Ofsted report.
Durand Academy is demanding a new report into its performance, claiming its results put it in the top two per cent of schools for performance.
But its supremo, the controversial former Sir Greg Martin, who is now chairman of the school governors, is now at loggerheads with the Department for Education, which has said it will stop funding the school in 12 months’ time.
Whitehall officials will now try to find a new sponsor for Durand, as well as ensuring its 1,000 pupils have places in other schools in the area.
They are based at at three sites – an infant and junior school in Hackford Road, Stockwell, and a boarding school for older pupils in Midhurst, West Sussex.
But Sir Greg, knighted for his services to education in 2013, said: “We are disappointed. We will, of course, challenge this decision.”
London News Online
Ofsted inspectors have returned to ‘inadequate’ Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education this week to conduct a monitoring visit.
During their two-day visit this Tuesday and Wednesday, inspectors have been focusing on improvements it has made in safeguarding, and teaching and learning. Last December the findings of the academy’s recent Ofsted inspection were announced revealing it was found to be at risk of harm.
The damning report said it was not providing an acceptable standard of education. It said failures by governors had put pupils at risk of harm and led to a serious decline in the school’s performance. Inspectors found a new child protection reporting system was “not fit for purpose”, and disclosed there had been an investigation into “serious allegations” relating to safeguarding.
A former groundsman has denied a further 17 offences of sexually abusing a boy at the boarding school in North Devon where he worked.
Peter Weyman, aged 66, was already facing allegations of abduction and indecency but has now been charged with further offences at Exeter Crown Court.
Both sets of allegations relate to boys who were students at Chelfham Mill School, near Barnstaple, between 1992 and 1994.
Weyman, of Cleveland Close, Carlton, Lindrick, pleaded not guilty to 17 new offences of indecent assault or indecency against the same boy when he was aged nine to 13.
He has already denied one count of child abduction, five of indecent assault, and five of gross indecency at an earlier hearing.
Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned all the cases for a jury trial to be held at Exeter on September 11 this year and released Weyman on bail.
Chelfham Mill School was a privately run boarding school for 40 boys with behavioural difficulties, aged seven to 18, until in closed last year following an Ofsted investigation.
What is the point of these Ofsted inspections that are mere tickbox exercises for boarding? Where are the social workers assessing why each boarder has been placed in care, away from their families?
The UK is a small country and we no longer have an Empire. There is no longer any need for children to be sent away to loveless institutions (regardless of how comfortable they are).
If a teenager chooses to board at 16+ and it is exclusively their decision, then we at Boarding Concern will support their decision (subject to proper safeguards). But there is absolutely no need in 21st Century Britain to send children and young teenagers away from home, given the disastrous history of British boarding.
Everything else is just pointless PR puff.
“Delight as Wymondham College earns ‘outstanding’ inspection grade”
Eastern Daily Press
Inspectors wrote that Durand is “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education”
Durand Academy, the controversial school already battling government attempts to terminate its funding agreement, is “inadequate” and should be placed in special measures according to a draft report accidently published on Ofsted’s website.
In the report, which appeared online on Wednesday night, the inspectorate rated the primary school in Stockwell, south London – which has a boarding site in in West Sussex – as inadequate on eight out of nine subheadings.
We at Boarding Concern feel that boarding from 16+ can be useful. But only when it is the boarder’s informed decision and not taken to please parents and others.
So we are pleased to see that Colchester Royal Grammar School has received another “outstanding” rating from Ofsted, the schools inspectorate.
Colchester Daily Gazette
Serious and widespread safeguarding failings are putting pupils at a top Somerset boarding school at risk according to an Ofsted report.
The report, published on Thursday (10 November 2016), raised concerns about older pupils supervising bedtimes for younger pupils at the boarding school, and also said some allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour between boarders had not been dealt with properly.
Boarding facilities at Sexey’s School were inspected in October and found to be inadequate – read the full summary of the Ofsted report below.
The state boarding school in Bruton was Somerset’s top performing school in the 2016 GCSEs, it was the third year in a row the school topped the table.
But inspectors found “serious and widespread safeguarding failings” were placing boarders at risk.
A school has been slammed by inspectors for conditions in its boarding house, where pupils shower with only a thin curtain for privacy and policies to prevent them from sexually exploiting each other are described as “poor”.
Ridley Hall, where pupils at Haydon Bridge High School, a Northumberland state school, who live in remote rural areas are able to spend the night in the week, was rated ‘inadequate’ on all counts in an Ofsted report.
The school insisted the issues raised by Ofsted were being “urgently” addressed.
But inspectors say concerns highlighted in the school’s last report have still not been tackled.