Weston Favell School "failing"

Schools inspectors OFSTED have said children are being failed by the quality of teaching and leadership at Weston Favell School.

The school was the subject of a high-profile campaign to stop it being turned into a ULT-sponsored Academy, which culminated with teachers going on strike in December last year.

In December, a team of Government inspectors visited the school and their findings have been published this week.

OFSTED say the quality of teaching and leadership is inadequate and it has failed to demonstrate how it could achieve sustained improvement.  As such the school is being placed into Special Measures. 

A letter to students from Ruth McFarlane, the lead inspector, says: "Your school provides an inadequate standard of education.  Many of you are not making the progress you should on your courses."

You can read the full inspection report by clicking here

There was widespread opposition to the County Council's plans to turn WFS into an Academy and this came to a head in December with teachers holding industrial action.  But the United Learning Trust pulled out of the discussions after being criticised by the Government for its performance in other Academies it runs.

The county council maintains an Academy is the best solution.