Mansfield special school plunged into special measures

Redgate School, Somersall Street
Redgate School, Somersall Street

Education inspectors has plunged a Mansfield special into special measures after highlighting a series of major concerns.

Teaching and pupils’ achievements have been deemed as ‘good’ at Redgate School, which caters for youngsters with moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties, but inspectors were less impressed by the leadership 
and management, and the behaviour and safety of youngsters.

They felt these issues to be ‘inadequate’, while they felt the early years’ provision also needed improving.

Head of the Somersall Street school, Jane Cooper, said: “Whilst the Ofsted report highlights the school’s many strengths, we recognise the areas for improvement. Pupils, parents, staff and governors are all obviously disappointed but we are determined to make the necessary improvements to take the school out of special measures at the earliest opportunity.”

Chair of the school’s governing body, Bridget Daines, added: “Ofsted quite rightly praised the school’s strengths. However, we also recognise the areas where improvement is needed.

“We are working very hard to meet these requirements and are supporting the school fully to move forward.”

“Many of the practical concerns relating to safeguarding have already been resolved and the school is now working with the county council to develop a plan which will secure rapid improvements.”

The inspectors found that the governing body was ‘not fulfilling its statutory duty to ensure that the school’s arrangements for keeping pupils safe meet requirements’ and that Governors ‘do not understand’ the child protection processes.

They attacked what they saw as a lack of a system to investigate pupils’ absence, and ensuring that concerns are acted on.

In addition, they said: “Senior leaders, including governors, have an unrealistic view of the school’s effectiveness.

“They believe that key areas of the school’s performance are outstanding when they are not.

“The impact of the use of the pupil premium and primary physical education and sport funding are not analysed well enough.”