DfE responds to Grindon Hall ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report

The Department for Education has warned that under-performance in schools is “unacceptable” after a Christian free school in Sunderland was labelled “inadequate”.

Grindon Hall Christian School announced earlier today that it had been graded as inadequate following a visit by Ofsted in November.

The report was uploaded to the internet by the school along with a statement by principal Chris Gray and an official letter of complaint he sent to Ofsted about the inspection.

In response to the news, DfE spokesperson said: “This school has been troubled for some time and Ofsted have been monitoring it carefully. This report shows that problems persist and there are continued concerns about leadership, the quality of learning and safeguarding.

“Under-performance at any school is unacceptable and one of the many strengths of the free school programme is that we can identify and intervene quickly wherever we find failure. We will look at the report in detail once it is officially published by Ofsted and will respond in due course.”

It comes after Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that Durham Free School would be closed following its own inadequate inspection report, released yesterday.

The DfE insisted that placing a school in special measures “does not necessarily mean its funding agreement will be terminated”.

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