Leeds secondary school blasted by inspectors

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A major Leeds secondary school has been plunged into special measures after a damning Ofsted report revealed a catalogue of failures.

Government inspectors slammed teaching and leadership at John Smeaton Community College as ‘inadequate’.

It is now believed to be the only secondary school in the city to be placed into special measures.

Officials from education watchdog Ofsted said that the school was failing to give pupils an ‘acceptable standard of education’ in the scathing report.

The YEP understands that inspectors were subjected to bad behaviour during their visit to the school in May.

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The school has since launched an appeal to Ofsted questioning the inspectors’ judgement.

But it is not the first time the school has been attacked by the education watchdog.

John Smeaton Community College was handed a notice to improve six years ago but in 2008 inspectors praised the school’s transformation.

The latest report from Ofsted said: “This school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.”

It added: “There are insufficient opportunities for students to develop the basic skills of literacy and numeracy.”

The report added: “The quality of teaching is inadequate because weaknesses over time have resulted in students making inadequate progress.”

But inspectors said that students’ behaviour was ‘satisfactory’.

The YEP understands that headteacher John Daulby has been away through illness since May.

Charles Naylor, chair of governors, said he was disappointed at the report and that he had concerns about how the judgement was reached.

He added: “We also have concerns about the way in which the inspection was conducted and have made an appeal to Ofsted about this decision.

“While we’re disappointed, we recognise that there are areas we can improve to make sure that all our young people get the most from being students at John Smeaton.

“We’ve already started to work on our action plan, and we’re confident that we can quickly make changes.”