Ofsted is blasted for ‘inactivity’ over Leyland St Mary’s

Teachers on strike at Leyland St Mary's College in June 2014
Teachers on strike at Leyland St Mary's College in June 2014

Ofsted has been accused of ‘failing’ pupils of Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College over its inactivity to react to staff problems.

An angry parent has written to MP Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, expressing their dismay that the education watchdog hasn’t intervened after staff went on strike before the summer.

In it, they say that a number of parents and even staff at the school have requested that an inspector visits the school.

The letter, sent anonymously, reads: “As an affected parent I write to bring your attention to the failure of Ofsted to inspect this troubled school, and urge that you instruct that an inspection be carried out at the earliest possible opportunity.

“The school was last inspected in May 2011...the school today is largely indistinguishable from the school described in the Ofsted report.

“I know that at least 10 other parents and staff have previously contacted Ofsted to date, raising their serious concerns.

“It is the pupils that are being failed by the school leadership and the inactivity of Ofsted. The 2014 KS4 results have not been published - inevitably due to poor results.”

Ofsted has refused to confirm whether or not action is being considered.

A spokesman said: “Ofsted does not comment on whether a complaint or concerns have been received about a school.

“Where any concerns have been raised we do take these very seriously, considering them rigorously and dealing with issues as quickly as possible.”