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‘Inadequate’ Fairford Coln House School placed in special measures

by Rajdeep

Coln House School

A school which had its pupils removed over “safety concerns” has been rated as inadequate in an Ofsted report and placed in special measures.

Coln House Residential Special School in Fairford, Gloucestershire, caters for 35 pupils, aged nine to 16, all with complex learning difficulties.

Concerns were raised about a lack of staff training to ensure pupil safety in school and on residential trips.

The county council removed pupils from the school earlier this month.

The authority said all pupils had now been found alternative school placements.

The inspectors also identified a high number of incidents of physical restraint being used on pupils, and insufficient recording of such incidents.

‘Immediate action’

Paul McLain, from Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Our absolute priority is the safety and wellbeing of the children in our county and we have been working with the school to try to support them in making the improvements needed.

“They made some progress as a result, but we cannot ignore the safety concerns raised and in the interests of the pupils we took immediate action.”

The Ofsted inspection, which was carried out in May, rated the school as inadequate in six out of eight categories assessed.

The other two areas were rated as “requiring improvement”.

It found the school’s management had failed to “drive improvement”, the school did not meet national minimum standards, and the quality of teaching was “too variable”.

A previous Ofsted report said the school “required improvement” in all areas following an inspection in January.

[Source:- BBC]

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