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Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:46

Copperfield Academy and Twydall Primary School Issued with 'Minded to Terminate' Notices


Update: Copperfield Academy has been issued with a remarkable and very positive Ofsted Monitoring Inspection Report, described here

Both schools have been issued with tough letters from the Regional Schools Commissioner, threatening to remove them from their current sponsors, REAch2 in the case of Copperfield Academy in Northfleet, Gravesham, and Rainham Mark Education Trust in the case of Twydall Primary in Gillingham, Medway.

Copperfield Academy  for Website

 The letter for Copperfield is rightly the more brutal for I have recorded the misfortunes of the children of this school many times on this site, first in 2011, although a more recent article traces them back to around 2003 and there is currently no let up. This letter notes that: ‘the persons responsible for leading, managing, or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school’ and sets five specific conditions for improvement, including: that pupil performance improves by the end of 2018/19 (the recently taken SATs); that the next Ofsted Inspection removes the Inadequate label; and that no other REAch2 school from the 13 in the local region fails its Ofsted.

The Twydall letter was written in November 2018, before the 2018 Key Stage 2 results were published (see below), which show the school making rapid improvement from a troubled history that was topped off by a Serious Weaknesses Ofsted Inspection Report in June 2018. A Monitoring Inspection Report in April 2019 is wholly positive.  

You will find more details about Copperfield and Twydall below

Each letter spells out several steps to go through and, if the schools fail to deliver the very specific requirements laid out in the letters with a sense of urgency, they will then be issued with a Termination Warning Notice. The last one previously posted locally, was to Elaine Primary School a Medway academy in the Williamson Trust in 2017. The school was subsequently taken from the Trust and awarded to the Inspire Partnership Academy Trust. The Williamson Trust was then effectively closed and handed over to Leigh Academy Trust in its entirety.

For each school, follow the links below.

Copperfield Academy

Twydall Primary School

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