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An Ofsted report for Lea Manor High School in Luton has highlighted leadership failings, bullying, poor behaviour and inconsistency in education at the school.

The inspection took place in June and July last year but has only been released today (January 7). The school was rated ‘inadequate’ by the inspectors.

The school has already been served an Academy Order, in November 2021, which means the school must close and re-open as an academy under a trust.

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The head has already stated that the school is taking legal action against the Academy Order, as it believes the Ofsted report is inaccurate.

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However, a number of parents since told how they agree with the report and are angry that the school is more focused on a legal fight than accepting help for the issues at the school.

The latest report said that pupils don’t believe the staff deal with bullying effectively and that they’ve given up reporting it as “nothing ever happens”. Both parents and children told Ofsted that the school doesn’t take reported incidents of bullying seriously.

Parents also expressed to Ofsted that they believe pupils are not well behaved and that over half of parents would not recommend the school to others.

Pupils told Ofsted that they were “fed up with the school” due to poor behaviour by some other pupils which isn’t dealt with by staff. They described their peers as “badly behaved and behaviour in lessons is wild”.

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Leaders are also failing to ensure children receive an acceptable quality of education, particularly for those with low reading levels, children learning English as a second language and SEND pupils, the report found.

Planning for pupils’ learning is also not consistently effective depending on the subject area and leaders did not know whose responsibility it was to teach pupils to read.

There were serious concerns around the lack of safeguarding training and the report highlighted that there are many failings when it comes to safeguarding.

Luton Borough Council conducted a safeguarding review at the school, but inspectors found none of the actions had been implemented by leaders.



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On a positive note, pupils at the school do benefit from support from external agencies for “local issues” such as gangs.

Lea Manor High School previously told Bedfordshire Live that it could not comment on the Ofsted report due to ongoing legal action.

A spokesperson for the school said: “It should be noted that the last Ofsted inspection which is in question was undertaken during the current and ongoing pandemic.

“The Ofsted inspection report has been challenged and may become litigious. Therefore, Lea Manor High School are unable to make any further comment.”

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