Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has written to the Education Secretary, Justine Greening to demand action after the University Church of England Academy in Ellesmere Port received its second ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted inspection in four years.
He has called for responsibility for the school to be removed from the University of Chester Academies Trust and returned to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Commenting, Justin Madders said:
“I am extremely disappointed that parents and children in Ellesmere Port have been failed yet again following a second ‘Inadequate’ report in just four years.
What concerns me most is the fact that the University of Chester Academies Trust has shown itself to be completely incapable of turning struggling schools around. I do not believe that they have learned anything at all from a succession of poor reports into the schools that they lead and I am left with no confidence in their continued leadership of the Academy in Ellesmere Port.
“I know that there are a number of excellent and very committed teachers at the school, who are working extremely hard and doing their best for the children that they teach. Sadly, they have been let down by frankly indefensible failings in leadership. We were very fortunate to receive significant investment in a newly built school, but modern buildings are not enough if standard of teaching within it is not up to scratch.
“Enough is enough –children in Ellesmere Port deserve better- I believe that the time has come for the Government to intervene and oversee some significant changes in the way that the school is led, including returning it to the Local Authority.”