Mansfield Woodhouse school placed in special measures after ‘failing students’

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A MANSFIELD WOODHOUSE school has been placed into special measures after inspectors said it was failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education.

Ofsted found that The Manor Academy, which caters for pupils from 11 to 18, said that those responsible for leading, managing or governing the school were not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.

Inspectors said that students are not making enough progress, which means they will not do as well as they should do across all their GCSE subjects by the end of Key Stage 4, except in English where expected progress is being made.

“The academy is failing to provide an acceptable standard of education because too much teaching is inadequate leading to low attainment,” the report states.

“Teachers set work of inappropriate challenge and tend to talk for too long, which means students have few opportunities for small group or independent working.”

Ofsted also found that senior leaders do not know the academy well enough and some leaders have not identified some of the serious weaknesses the academy has.

“Sometimes the information collected about the academy’s performance has been patchy or inaccurate,” said inspectors.

However, the school was praised for its attractive and well maintained academy site and its sport facilities were described as excellent.

Senior leaders have also worked hard to improve students’ attendance and overall attendance is above average and persistent absenteeism has been reduced.

Inspectors said that attainment could be raised by teachers providing written guidance to students on how they can improve their work.

Headteacher Jonathon Hickman said that he and his colleagues were extremely disappointed with the inspection outcome but would be doing everything in their power to turn around the school’s fortunes.

“We are equally determined to address the key issues for action identified by inspectors,” he said.

“We have already started the process of improvement including reviewing our existing quality assurance systems, implementing staff training programmes designed to improve learning and progress in lessons and tightening our assessment and marking procedures.

“We’re confident that these and other planned strategies, including obtaining support from key partners, will enable the academy to make the progress required.

Mr Hickman said there were positive elements to the report, including satisfactory behaviour, strong mentoring and the innovative aspects of the curriculum.