Endeavour High School facing closure after Ofsted criticism
A FLAGSHIP school that opened just ten years ago could face closure after falling into special measures for the third time.
Endeavour High School, which was paid for by Hull’s KC windfall, is pinning its hopes on ministerial approval to become an academy, or face an uncertain future.
Headteacher Stewart Edgell admitted drastic action was needed to turn the school around after Ofsted said it was failing pupils in the latest report.
The school has been out of special measures for less than a year.
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The Department for Education (DfE) has instructed the school, in Beverley Road, Hull, to apply for academy status, which would take it out of local authority control.
If the application is rejected, the school would be left in limbo until a report detailing options for its future is produced by Hull City Council.
The report is likely to include closure as well as possible plans to turn it into an all-through academy school taking pupils from the age of four to 16.
Mr Edgell, who officially took over as head in April, said: “I want us to become an academy, because that will give us the resources we need for the drastic action, which is needed to improve the school.
“We need the DfE to agree and the future of this school is best served by becoming an academy. It will enable it to improve far quicker.”
The latest report will be made public by Ofsted tomorrow.
Mr Edgell said: “The report tells it as it is.
“Even before we had it, we knew we were in trouble and a lot of work has been done.
“We are starting to put things right but it is a bit like a tanker going out of control – you know it is going in the wrong direction, you know it is going to hit the rocks but it takes time for it to be turned around.
“The quality of teaching and the learning experience for the pupils is still not good enough. We are working to raise the standard of teaching.
“We have to have high expectations for our students.”
Mr Edgell said the ongoing uncertainty over the school’s future has made it difficult for teachers.
He said: “In defence of our staff, there is a Sword of Damocles hanging over the school in respect of whether it’s going to stay open or not and there are mixed messages.
“We are going to go down this road again unless we get the option of it becoming an academy. If we get that from the DfE, it will lay this to bed once and for all.
“The DfE’s position is quite clear – it doesn’t want schools to become academies to get out of special measures, it wants them to become academies to become outstanding. That is an aim I share for the school and that is an aim the staff share. It can be done, no question about it. What we have to do is do something different to what we have before. Staff here are stepping up to the plate.
“That’s not to say there is not going to be any more pain.”
He revealed a number of teachers have left the school after admitting the job is too tough. The guiding light is, would I want my child in front of this teacher? We have had difficult decisions to make,” said Mr Edgell.
“We have been working closely with a number of teachers and some of them have had the courage to say ‘I don’t think I can manage this’.”
Mr Edgell says he understands concerns parents may have for their children at the 491-pupil school.
“I can totally and utterly say we are trying extremely hard with some very good support to put this situation right,” he said.
“The real turn around of a school takes time but you don’t have that luxury when you are in special measures.
“We have an action plan in place and we will aim to address all the issues by the end of February.
“Without doubt we can do this. I still love coming to Endeavour every day, I travel 160 miles to come here. These kids are tremendous fun and they deserve better. I definitely think becoming an academy is our route to showing that.”
John Readman, director of children’s services at Hull City Council, said: “We are very disappointed with the result of the Endeavour Ofsted.
“The head has already made rapid improvements and we are working with the governing body and the DfE as well as the school.”