Graham School branded ‘inadequate’

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The Scarborough News understands that Ofsted inspectors have recommended Special Measures for the school following a damning visit in December.

The full report will not be published until Monday but children were sent home with letters on Friday, warning parents of the bad news to come.

Special measures are applied when Ofsted considers that the school fails to supply an acceptable level of education and appear to lack the leadership capacity necessary to secure improvements.

Graham School has appointed a new headteacher since the inspection so it remains to be seen what effect that could have on the recommendations from the inspecting body.

The school scored a 4 (inadequate), the lowest possible mark, in the four areas in which it was judged; achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

In its 2009 inspection it was given an overall 2 or ‘good’.

The 2013 report states that ‘leaders and managers have been overly positive when checking the quality of teaching. They have failed to link the decline in standards to the quality of teaching’.

Attendance, pupil behaviour and the failure of the governors to challenge the headteacher are also highlighted as significant failings.

See The Scarborough News website on Monday for the full fallout from the report,