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Richard Rose Central Academy out of Special Measures

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Carlisle's Richard Rose Central Academy has come out of Special Measures, according to the results of an Ofsted inspection in March.

It was the first inspection since the Academy was taken over by United Learning in September 2014.

In its findings, leadership of the academy was graded as Good, while all other areas were judged to Require Improvement.

In their report, inspectors praised staff and pupils, and said "there has been a marked improvement in the behaviour of students and the attitudes they display."

However, inspector's also said that several areas still required improvement, including achievement of pupils, behaviour and safety of pupils, and inconsistencies in some areas of teaching.

The Academy says it is encouraged by Ofsted's report.

This is very good news with which to begin the summer term.

"Everyone at the academy knows that it is a very different place to several years ago and we are all encouraged by this recognition by Ofsted that the changes we have introduced are having a demonstrable impact.”

– Neil Hutchinson, Headteacher of the academy

Parents' anger as school goes into special measures again

Carlisle's Richard Rose Central Academy has been placed into special measures for the second time in four years.

Inspectors say standards at the school are unacceptable. Pupil achievement and quality of teaching were criticised.

The school was last put into special measures in early 2009, just months after it opened.

Governors have written to parents to say they will respond to the issues quickly and effectively. They appointed a new executive principal to try and tackle the concerns.

"I am very angry. Millions of taxpayers money has been thrown at it but some big questions have still not been answered.

"We so wanted to have a voice on the governing body but we never succeeded.

"There are generations of children that are going to be affected by this because, in my opinion, they have lost out on an education."

– Lynne Izon, parent of pupil

"Open plan classrooms mean people can't deliver lessons effectively. There's a high staff turnover.

"At the end of the day, the school has turned out to be one big political experiment that's played fast and loose with the lives of young people in this city and their dedicated teachers."

– John Reardon, the Secretary of Carlisle's National Union of Teachers