Hereford & Worcester

Ofsted criticises New Elizabethan School in Hartlebury

An emergency inspection has found a Worcestershire school is failing to adequately protect its pupils.

Ofsted visited the New Elizabethan School in Hartlebury in November after three complaints from parents, including a former governor.

Inspectors reported 17 areas of concern, including inadequate training for staff, security arrangements and child protection procedures.

Owner of the school, Annabel Goodman said she disputed many of the findings.

She added that other issues raised by Ofsted in November had since been improved at the school.

Unannounced inspection

The independent school specialises in education for vulnerable pupils and in June 2010 was officially rated as "good" by Ofsted.

However the unannounced inspection in November "found that the school was failing to adequately protect the welfare, health and safety of pupils".

Opened in 2007, the £11,100 a year fee-paying school was set up to cater for children "who have found learning and school attendance difficult", Ofsted said.

Out of 26 pupils who currently attend the school, aged from four to 16, five have a statement for special educational needs.

About a third also attend on a part-time basis and Ofsted criticised the school for not liaising sufficiently with parents who home-school children on the remaining days.

Ofsted said the emergency report was intended to be a tool for inspectors and the school itself, and that it would revisit the school to complete a full inspection at a future date at the request of the Department for Education.

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