New leadership for failing Mansfield school

Redgate School, Somersall Street
Redgate School, Somersall Street

The governing body of a school placed into special measures has been dissolved, with a new board now taking control.

Nottinghamshire County Council has set up an interim executive board (IEB) to take over at Redgate School, after an Ofsted report heavily criticised its leadership and management.

The application to form an IEB was opposed by the governing body, but the application to oust the existing regime has been successful.

John Slater, the service director for education standards on the council, said: “Following the Ofsted inspection at Redgate School and the judgement that it requires special measures, the county council takes the view that the best interests of the children will be served by putting in place an Interim Executive Board (IEB) made up of people with specific expertise covering the various issues the school needs to address.

“We hope to work closely with colleagues at the school, the families and the community to drive forward rapid and sustainable improvement.

“We can reassure families that the safeguarding of children is an absolute priority. Immediate action has been taken to ensure the safety of every child in the school and this will remain a priority into the future.”

Following the two-day visit to the Somersall Street school, which caters for youngsters with moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties, Ofsted inspectors deemed teaching and pupils’ achievements to be ‘good’.

But they were less impressed by the leadership and management, and the behaviour and safety of youngsters, which they said were ‘inadequate’ and as a result, plunged the school into special measures.

The inspectors found the governing body was ‘not fulfilling its statutory duty to ensure that the school’s arrangements for keeping 
pupils safe meet requirements’.