Published on 22 December 2022, by Gainsboroughlive | No comments yet |
A school in Gainsborough is to close its doors following an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted inspection which uncovered ineffective safeguarding arrangements and poor quality of education. Good Apple Independent School, on Acland Street, provides education for pupils who have been or are on the verge of being permanently excluded from mainstream school. The school, which currently has 29 pupils, was rated ‘good’ at its previous Ofsted inspection in March 2019, but a more recent visit found that it does not meet the independent school standards. One of the main issues discovered was with safeguarding. The report reveals that leaders do not complete appropriate recruitment checks before new staff begin work and they do not maintain an accurate single central record. Also, leaders do not ensure that all staff follow the school’s risk assessments and procedures which places pupils at risk, particularly when staff take pupils off site. It was found the proprietor does not ensure that senior leaders implement the school’s health and safety policy effectively. This includes not recording health and safety and fire safety checks, not ensuring that the school complies with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and not following the fire risk assessment or the prescribed fire safety procedures.

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