A West London school has been downgraded by Ofsted after children at the school kept breaking walls. The Young People’s Academy in Hillingdon was downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ following an Ofsted inspection in December 2021 which found that some pupils repeatedly broke walls and windows in the school.
According to the Ofsted report, the school, which caters to children with a variety of special educational needs and disabilities, was “poorly maintained” and strewn with litter and had walls daubed in “offensive” graffiti. Describing what they saw at the school, the inspector added: “Some pupils persist in damaging the premises; staff say that walls and windows are often broken again as quickly as they are mended.”
The inspector noted that lessons were often disrupted by bad behaviour from pupils, with some teachers resorting to locking their classroom doors to stop kids from other classes wandering in. According to the inspector, teachers at the school failed to stop kids from skipping school, with some children apparently going as far as to physically break locks to get out.
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The inspector noted that many pupils said they did not feel safe attending school because they are scared by the “violent and aggressive” behaviour of some of their classmates, and bullying is common.
The school was ordered by Ofsted to urgently implement measures that would tackle bullying and pupils’ “dangerous” behaviour, as well as keep the school tidy and well-maintained. The Ofsted report did, however, praise teachers at the school for being organised and working hard to offer kids a variety of activities.
The report also recognised that the school had done well to recognise gaps in teaching caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and said that teachers knew a lot about the kids’ special educational needs and disabilities. Before December, the Young People’s Academy had last been inspected in May 2018 when it was rated ‘Good’. The Young People’s Academy has been approached for comment.
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