Stourbridge MP meets headteacher at ‘inadequate’ school

Suzanne Webb has met with the headteacher of Thorns Collegiate Academy to discuss how the school will improve following an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted evaluation.

Also at the meeting was Sir Mark Grundy, chief executive of Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust which runs Thorns.

Suzanne spoke with Sir Mark and principal, Manny Kelay to discuss the Ofsted report and the improvements that have been made in response.

She was told the school has changed their SEND procedures in response to the report and have hired additional staff members with experience in this field of special needs.

Suzanne was also offered a further meeting and tour in the autumn term to include visits to lessons. She said:

“I would like to thank the school for talking me through the issues from the report and the work that is being put in place to make sure the school improves.

“Parents are understandably concerned about the inadequate rating but it is the response from the academy trust that counts and I know staff are working hard to rectify what went wrong.

“The school has told me it would like me to be kept up to date with progress. I will be back at the school in the autumn to hear how things are going and to see first-hand some of the lessons. There is work to do but I was impressed with progress so far.”

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