SEND school ‘in crisis’, rated ‘inadequate’

According to the BBC, a SEND school in Oxford is ‘in crisis’ but will have millions poured into rebuilding it by the local council

An Oxford SEND school has been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

The Northfield School in Blackbird Leys has been described by inspectors as ‘in crisis’, with children ‘not receiving an education’.

The school has also been plagued with structural issues, which left it facing closure at one point.

However, the local county council has stated that it will invest £9.5m in rebuilding the school, which is ‘not fit for purpose’.

The report added: ‘Recent work has ensured that building regulations are now met. Nevertheless, the buildings’ layout, design and upkeep are far from ideal.’

Ofsted did praise teachers at the school, who, it said, ‘have stoically taken charge at a time when the school is in crisis’.

Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, county council cabinet member for education, said: “We were aware of the concerns raised and the impact that was caused by the recent difficult times.

“The positive news is that Northfield’s future is secure and it will be re-built with brand new facilities.”

Acting head teacher, Tristan Powell, said the school is determined to improve.

“The county council shares that motivation and working together we want to put Northfield School’s fortunes on a very different trajectory.”

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