Brighton school apologizes to parents after ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report Brighton News

A SCHOOL has apologized to parents after a damning Ofsted report.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) has been rated ‘inadequate’ by government education watchdog Ofsted, the lowest of four ratings.

Ofsted raised concerns about “bullying, racism, sexism and homophobia”, disruption to classes and ineffective safeguards.

In a letter to parents, Lewes Road School, Brighton, and its sponsor Aldridge Education said they planned to hold a parents’ forum next week in response to the report.

“It is with great disappointment that we have to inform you that the academy has been given an ‘inadequate’ overall rating. While our sixth form offering was rated as ‘good’, inspectors judged other areas of the school as inadequate or in need of improvement,” the letter reads.

“We are extremely disappointed with the overall result. We accept Ofsted’s judgment and would like to apologize wholeheartedly for the serious shortcomings identified in the report.

“Ensuring the highest levels of health, safety and well-being for all of our students and staff, and fostering a school environment that is inclusive, respectful and where everyone feels safe, is absolutely paramount to us.

“The findings of the report are utterly unacceptable and completely out of step with the high standards and expectations that the trust and academy’s new leadership team upholds.”

Aldridge Education said many of Ofsted’s immediate recommendations had already been taken into account, particularly in relation to safeguarding and culture.

“Prior to the inspection, the trust had identified that existing arrangements did not consistently meet the shared high standards,” a spokesperson said.

“As a result, the Trust’s Director of Studies was deployed as Acting Director in February to lead the identified urgent improvement works.”

The Argus: New director Jack Davies due to start next month A new director, Jack Davies, is due to start next month

Aldridge Education director of studies Stephanie Newman took over as temporary director when former director Bob Speight left the school in February.

A new director, Jack Davies, is due to start next month.

Jane Fletcher, Managing Director of Aldridge Education, said: “As a trust and an academy, we are committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for students in a safe, supportive and inspiring environment, where high aspirations are set for everyone. . Unfortunately, many of the areas raised run counter to this deeply rooted mission entirely, and that is simply not acceptable.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-19 16:22:35

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