Hereford school hits back after Ofsted leaves inadequate grade

A HEREFORD secondary school has hit back after Ofsted said it was inadequate and inspectors had concerns over safeguarding and the number of suspensions and exclusions.

Ofsted left Whitecross Hereford with an overall grade of inadequate, two lower than the previous rating of good in 2013, because of ineffective safeguarding and the fact the number of pupils being excluded and suspended was high and not falling.

The school, with 949 students aged between 11 and 16, was praised though for its curriculum, quality of learning and personal development.

But headteacher Tim Knapp said the school was “shocked and saddened” by the outcome of its Ofsted inspection in February.

He said the report, published this week, has left “everyone in out school devastated by an outcome that does not reflect the hard work of students and staff and the support of our parents and governors”.

Read more in the Hereford Times

Academy schools get lower Ofsted ratings, research suggests

Fewer than half of academy schools improved their Ofsted rating from ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ over four years.

Schools that do not convert to become academies are more likely to achieve higher ratings from Ofsted, research suggests.

Findings from the Local Government Association (LGA) showed that 92% of local authority (LA) schools had been rated “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted since January 31, compared with 85% of academy schools graded since they converted.

Read more in the Independent here