Parents of Grindon Hall school pupils to raise £40,000 for new teacher

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The Parents and Teachers Association of Grindon Hall School in Sunderland have launched a campaign to raise £40,000 for a teacher.

The School was placed in special measures in January after it was rated ‘inadequate’ following an Ofsted inspection.

The Department for Education has told Grindon Hall Christian School that it must accept a sponsor to step in and run it. However, the association say a sponsor would bring in no new money and claim that the current staff is overstretched.

A spokesperson for the Department for Education spokesperson said:

Grindon Hall Christian School was placed in special measures in January following an Ofsted report that found issues with leadership, the quality of learning and safeguarding. It is also subject to two financial notices to improve. The Regional Schools Commissioner is seriously concerned about the school and has been exploring options for future sponsorship, including Bright Tribe, to provide the strong skills in financial management and governance required to bring about swift improvements.

Every pupil deserves an excellent education and no parent should have to be content with their child spending a single day in a failing school. It is one of the great strengths of the free school programme that we can identify and deal with failure quickly, in a way that is not possible in all schools."

– Department for Education