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Nottingham school placed in special measures

Following an inspection of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham by Ofsted on 13 and 14 November, the academy has been placed in special measures.

The head teacher, Andy Kilpatrick said:

“Since September 2012, we have been working hard to improve the quality of education offered to our students. We have come a long way but still have a long way to go. The Ofsted outcome is a disappointment but not a surprise."

Ofsted said:

· Despite a marked improvement this summer, GCSE results are still significantly below national averages

· The progress of students in English, maths and science is not rapid enough and more good teaching is needed to make this happen

· Achievement in the sixth form is weak at AS level because, until 2013, students had been studying for qualifications that did not match their abilities

· Teachers’ expectations of what students are capable of need to continue to be heightened

· Although students feel safe at the Academy, self-discipline has to be further instilled and there is a need for greater consistency among teachers in applying the Academy’s systems for supporting good behaviour

· The levels of student attendance, although improving, remain too low.

However, the inspectors found that the head teacher, the leadership team and the governors have a clear understanding of what needs to be done to improve the Academy.

7 Nottingham schools 'inadequate' after Ofsted inspection

It has been confirmed today that seven Nottingham secondary schools have been judged "inadequate" following a blitz Ofsted inspection in the city last month.

They are Hadden Park High School, Big Wood School, Farnborough School Technology College, Bulwell Academy, Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham University Samworth Academy and Ellis Guilford School.

The Ofsted ratings were widely expected. All of the schools have been placed into special measures except Ellis Guilford which has serious weaknesses.

The city has already set up an A-team of council leaders and education experts, called the Nottingham Challenge Board, in response to the inspections with the task of raising standards.

Louise Soden, Ofsted regional director for the East Midlands, said: "The outcome of these inspections is a serious concern.

"They will receive a monitoring inspection once a term until they come out of special measures.

"I will be working with the local authority, academy sponsors and head teachers through the Nottingham Challenge Board to ensure all children in the city have the chance to go to a good school as soon as it is possible."


Midlands sees rise in good primary schools - Ofsted

Key stats from Ofsted report for West Midlands:

  • 74% of primary schools are good or outstanding compared with a national average of 78%.
  • In 10 out of the 14 local authorities, over a quarter of primary pupils attend a school that is not yet good.
  • 51% of colleges were judged as good or better against 72% nationally.

Key stats from Ofsted report for East Midlands:

  • In two thirds of local authorities the number of good and outstanding schools has risen or maintained high levels.
  • The proportion of good or outstanding primary schools has increased from 65% to 77%.
  • A third of further education and skills provision needs improvement or is satisfactory.

Lowest number of inadequate secondary schools in Midlands - Ofsted

The Midlands has the lowest proportion of inadequate secondary schools in the country, according to schools watchdog Ofsted.

'Good' or 'Outstanding' awards have been given to 74% of Midlands schools. In Coventry, it means 7,000 more pupils are going to a good primary school compared to last year, but the report says the city's primary schools are still among the bottom-performing in the country.

MP anger over "blitz" of Ofsted inspections

A Nottingham MP has launched a stinging attack on a blitz of Ofsted inspections on the city's secondary schools. Graham Allen described the watchdog's intervention as being "as crude and crass as a Friday night alcohol-fuelled inspection binge".

It's believed Ofsted may rate teaching standards in six of the eight schools it visited as "inadequate" and place them into special measures. Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne reports.

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