Bev Bashes The Grammar
A TORY education chief has defended a council's efforts to 'turn around' a failing grammar school as a government minister called for him to step down.
Stretford Grammar became the first of its kind in the country to be placed in special measures.
Children's Minister Bev Hughes, MP for Stretford and Urmston, has called for Coun John Holden, Trafford council's education executive member, to 'reconsider his position' in the wake of the school's damning Ofsted report. But Mr Holden, who recently became a governor at the school, has described the calls an 'unfounded attack' on the Conservative council.
Ofsted inspectors were highly critical of the school's leadership and management in a damning report, which came weeks after the resignation of the school's head, Peter Cookson.
Last year it was one of the top performing schools in Trafford, with 95 per cent of 15-year-olds achieving five A* to C grades at GCSE, although the figure was down from 98 per cent in 2006.
But the inspectors now say the school's overall effectiveness is 'inadequate' and it is failing to give pupils an 'acceptable standard of education'.
A reader asks "Is this a political failing?". From here it looks like it is a bloody successful school which has had a few problems with leadership, the head has resigned (how unlike our political masters) and the Tories recognise the problems and are working to deal with them. But Bev (and who would take any advice from someone called Bev?) hates Grammar Schools and schools that manage to get 95% pass rates even when failing are an embarrassment.