MP says it was ‘necessary step’ for Ofsted to put Sunderland free school into special measures

MP Sharon Hodgson
MP Sharon Hodgson
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A SUNDERLAND MP has backed inspectors’ decision to put a free school into special measures.

In their latest visit to Grindon Hall Christian School, Ofsted inspectors found Grindon Hall Christian School’s leadership and management, sixth form provision and behaviour and safety of pupils are inadequate.

The decision and damning verdict has been blasted by headteacher Chris Gray. Read more here.
But Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson has backed the inspectors.

She said: “The recent decision by Ofsted to place Grindon Hall Christian School into Special Measures is a very sad, but necessary step.

“I have always believed that schools must have properly qualified teachers and real safeguards in place, not only to protect pupils but also to inspire them to reach their potential.

“If any school, of any kind, cannot meet this requirement then it is failing its students and it is only right for the authorities to step in.”

She added: “The recent report into Grindon Hall Christian School clearly highlights a series of major problems that require immediate attention, and as such it cannot be left to continue in the way it has been.

“I will be writing to Ofsted to reassure parents and pupils that the investigation followed all the proper processes. I also back the calls for greater local oversight in schools to make sure situations like this no longer arise.”