Ofsted lashes out at Birmingham school where children ‘don’t feel safe’

A damning Ofsted report has revealed a catalog of flaws at a Birmingham school, including bullying, homophobia and pupils feeling ‘unsafe’. Ark Kings Academy was once voted the ‘most improved school’ in England.

But on the latest inspection, it was deemed ‘inadequate’ in four of the five areas. Kings Norton school has now been told to improve in areas such as truancy and security, which were labeled ‘ineffective’.

The school, based on Shannon Road, was praised for its early facilities. Still, inspectors said high school students “say they don’t feel safe. Bullying, derogatory language and homophobic behavior are rife. They are not confident that staff will support them if they raise their concerns.”

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Truancy was also raised as a problem at the school, whose students range in age from three to 16 years old. The report states: “Secondary stage leaders do not adequately monitor when students are absent from school.



Ark Kings Academy at Kings Norton

“This means they don’t know if students are safe. Too many students are truant from classes and leaders have not taken effective action to address this.”

The SEND facility was also criticized by inspectors, with special needs students “more likely to face sanctions than their peers”. The report added: “Leaders say they have high expectations of every student.

“However, students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not receive the support they need and therefore do not perform well. Suspensions for students with SEND are high and increasing.”

The arrangements for assurance are not effective, according to the report. It added: “There is no culture of protection in the secondary stage of the school.

“Teachers take no responsibility for reporting safety issues. They are not aware of the magnitude of the issues students face inside or outside of school.

“Leaders have not been diligent in identifying risks and therefore do not protect students through regular attendance checks or by protecting them from bullying or intimidation.

“Security leaders are knowledgeable and experienced. They support individual learners and families well and work with a range of agencies to ensure learners get the help they need. However, their skills have not been put to good use to support and educate their peers. lead into the secondary stage.”

The primary side of the school was praised by inspectors, who labeled preschool education as ‘good’. They said, “Primary stage students like to come to school. They are confident, curious and eager to learn.

“They feel safe and well cared for. Teachers and leaders expect all students to perform and behave well. Students live up to these expectations. Students and adults get along well and work together in a culture of respect and kindness. “

In 2015, the school was listed as one of the most improved in England. Statistics at the time showed that GCSE results have increased by 27 percent since 2013, while the national average has fallen by six percentage points.

But the latest Ofsted report rates the academy as “inadequate” in four categories; the quality of education, behavior and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

A school spokesperson said: While we are deeply disappointed with the Inspectorate’s verdict, we fully accept the findings of this report, which are consistent with issues we had already identified and started to proactively address. This included the appointment of a new Principal, Secondary Principal and Primary School Principal, who together are already taking action to provide the best possible education that all our children and young people deserve.

“This has also included increasing the workforce specializing in student wellbeing, SEND and personal development, and working with experts to introduce a new behavioral and reward system that develops greater understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusion.

We are committed to providing a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment, and are confident that with these robust plans already in the works, together with the support of the Trust and the new leadership team, the Academy will soon keep improving and innovating. determine its positive course.”

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