Concerns raised at South Leeds Academy

CONCERN: The Regional Schools Commissioner has raised concern about South Leeds Academy.
CONCERN: The Regional Schools Commissioner has raised concern about South Leeds Academy.
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YORKSHIRE’s biggest academy chain was warned that a regional schools commissioner has concerns about a Leeds secondary school’s results.

The warning relating to South Leeds Academy came in a Department for Education (DfE) letter, seen by the Yorkshire Evening Post, which was sent to the academy’s sponsor - School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA).

It said that the regional schools commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire was concerned about several SPTA schools including South Leeds Academy, Manor Croft Primary in Dewsbury, and Willow Green Primary in Knottingley. The letter said that an official education advisor should be sent to each school and that South Leeds was the most urgent case.

The school has been found to require improvement by Ofsted but the most recent inspection says leaders were taking effective action to improve standards.

However it has been named as a school of concern in the letter to SPTA. The academy chain, which started from what was Garforth Community Colllege, was also warned about the performance of 12 other academies.

Paul West, the SPTA’s director of education said: “We are in ongoing discussions with the DfE to ensure the continued stability of SPTA Academies and the progress and attainment for our students remains our shared highest priority. In relation to the specific academies mentioned in the letter from the regional schools commissioner, we are providing individual and bespoke challenge and support to ensure their improvement needs are being met.

“SPTA recently underwent a focused inspection from Ofsted which was an in depth evaluation of our school improvement strategy and capacity to support our academies.”