Ofsted changes ruling on Derby school

The headteacher of a free school pulled out of special measures by Ofsted says the school has the “drive and capacity” to make more progress.

Ofsted judged Al-Madinah School in Derby as “requires improvement” last week, after last year ruling that it was inadequate.

The secondary school at the site was ordered to close and it now operates solely as an Islamic faith primary school.

Headteacher Suzanne Sutherland was appointed after the previous Ofsted inspection, and the new report said she had a “clear vision” and the staff “overwhelmingly trust and support” her.

The new governing body was also praised, with inspectors saying they were “key” to its success. Members of the trust board were “skilled and knowledgeable”.

Mrs Sutherland said: “I am confident that we have the drive and capacity to continue to make further progress.

“I wish to thank pupils, staff and the governors who have worked tremendously hard and the families who have
supported us.”