We said this one would run and run and sure enough after our The Mighty Quinn post yesterday we have received some useful clarifications about recent Ofsted inspections (which we’ve amended) and the fact that Erica Sharman was an Assistant Head not a Deputy Head at St John Plessington Catholic College!
The additional information also suggests that we’re not the only ones making observations about inspections and questioning the ambitions of the Frank Field Education Trust.
Erica Sharman was an Assistant Head (I think), not deputy but was on Quinn’s senior team for 10 years (see page 1 and 2 of Plessington SLT above ).
It is significant that South Wirral High has just got a 3 (Requires Improvement) in every category – report published this week.
South Wirral High School – just inspected March 2019 – RI (3) in every category. (report released this week)
Originally they were inspected in Feb 2017 – the lead inspector then was Will Smith – they got a 3 RI which seemed fair at the time.
Ofsted returned to South Wirral in March 2019 and their report has just been published. Their Progress 8 score, the important national measure that all schools are judged against, has been bang on national average for two years in 2017 and 2018 with a score of 0 (top 50%). Whitby also got 0 (top 50%) in 2018 and was even higher nationally in 2017. Any school would anticipate being judged good with those figures, knowing they are in the top 50% of English schools nationally in terms of performance.
There are 3 local secondary schools that parents are choosing to send their children to rather than the Frank Field Trust Ellesmere Port C of E College,
The Whitby High School – inspected 7th Feb 2019
Ellesmere Port Catholic High School (EPCHS) – inspected March 2019
South Wirral High School – inspected 20th March 2019
Just as a point of reference, South Wirral comes under a different local authority to EPCHS and Whitby
South Wirral – Wirral
EPCHS and Whitby – Cheshire West and Chester
Is it an accident that all 3 competing local schools to the Frank Field Trust have been inspected in a 6 week period, two of which have been given RI (3) for possibly the next 30 months at least (until re-inspection) and we await the Catholic High’s report, whose delayed release is ominous in itself?
If a school gets 3 for leadership twice, it can be forced by the Local Authority (LA) to become part of a multi academy chain.
It is also no coincidence that all 3 schools are LA schools.
Does this mean that South Wirral High could be forced into a multi academy trust because it has got a 3 twice and 3 for leadership twice which is the deciding factor? We’ll see what the LA do…….
It actually says on the Frank Field Education Trust website :
“FFET plans to grow to 10-15 schools within the first three years of existence, this growth will be achieved through Free Schools, convertor and sponsored academies, initially in the Liverpool city region, and surrounding area. The Trust will operate across the North West, where the Trust Directors and the executive team have a strong understanding of the local context: specifically developing a Liverpool/ Wirral hub and a Cheshire/ Manchester hub.”
Their ambition is clear!