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Romford school says it is having a ‘fresh start’ after Ofsted labels it as inadequate

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 May 2018

St Edwards Church of England Academy. Picture: Google Maps

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An academy has been rated inadequate following an Ofsted inspection earlier this year.

St Edward’s Church of England Academy, London Road, Romford, has been labelled as inadequate in effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils after the education watchdog visited in February.

The school also requires improvement in personal development, behaviour and welfare but was rated good in its 16-19 study programmes.

In the report, it says: “Leaders have an overoptimistic view of how well they and the school are doing.

“As a result, leaders have not tackled weaknesses identified in the previous inspection rapidly enough.

“A succession of temporary headteachers has led to a lack of strategic direction and low staff morale.”

Since the inspection, the school has introduced new headteacher Jodie Hassan who used to work at The Urswick School in Hackney, which she helped to achieve an Outstanding Ofsted inspection for leadership and management as well as behaviour and safety.

It was around the same time that the school, which used to be called the St Edward’s Church of England School and Sixth Form College, joined The Samuel Ward Academy Trust which consists of a family of six secondary schools, 15 primary schools and a special school.

Last month, it was also announced that the trust had been chosen to build a new special free school in Romford.

Chief executive of Samual Ward Academy Trust Tim Coulson said: “We were delighted to take on the new school - St Edwards Church of England Academy - with a fresh start including an improved building, a new headteacher and the hope of returning the school to its former glory.

“We are pleased to see that the changes made are already being recognised in the community and by the parents and students.

“Good behaviour and punctuality are expected and quickly being achieved.

“Exam results are expected to be strong at GCSE and A level. This term, the school has excelled and won both sporting and debating competitions.

“It is good to see a strong interest across all year groups in joining the school and we expect this to continue going forward.”

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