'Failing' Kingswood College in special measures
A SECONDARY school has been accused of failing its pupils in a new report.
Kingswood College of Arts has been put in special measures by Ofsted after inspectors saw inadequate teaching and poor pupil behaviour.
The report comes just weeks after the school posted record GCSE results.
This year, 45 per cent of pupils gained the Government benchmark of five A* to C grades including English and maths – a 14 percentage point rise from last year.
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It puts the school comfortably above the Government floor target of 40 per cent.
However, it was not enough to keep the Wawne Road School in Bransholme out of the failing category.
Students' behaviour, combined with the poor attitudes to learning of some, is a significant cause for concern and is inadequate.
There is not enough good teaching to ensure students make the progress of which they are capable.
Since the previous inspection, improvements have not been made in the key subjects of English and maths.
Low standards of attainment prevail and underachievement is evident throughout all year groups.
Too much teaching is inadequate.
Head Nicole Swallow retired in the summer after more than ten years at the school.
Paul O'Brien, a vastly experienced head, who has experience in turning failing schools around, will now take control as executive head.
Mr O'Brien has come from Sir Henry Cooper School, which closed this summer under the Building Schools for the Future initiative.
During his year as executive head, he steered the school to its best ever GCSE results this summer.
He said: "The staff are disappointed with the outcome but are determined and committed to move the school forward.
"I will continue to work closely with the governors, the council and Academies Enterprise Trust to ensure the required improvements take place as soon as possible.
"We will work hard to provide the best standard of education for children as they are our future."
Pupils will move into a new school next to the current Kingswood College of Arts in January.
The £25 million building has been constructed under the Building Schools for the Future initiative.
At the same time it will become an academy.
John Readman, director of children's services at Hull City Council, said: "Kingswood has had a lot of challenges but has ended the year with its best GCSE results ever, which is a real platform for improvement.
"There is a strong governing body who are working towards conversion to an academy and the school has the interim head of Paul O'Brien.
"He will give stability during this period and help with the opening of the new school in January."