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Walsall schools facing special measures, councillor warns

Six schools in Walsall could be placed in special measures, an opposition councillor has warned.

Willenhall E-ACT Academy and St Francis Catholic Primary school were placed in special measures last month.

They are among 22 borough schools that have been inspected by Ofsted since September.

Councillor Barbara Cassidy has said officers have told her they are expecting six more to be rated 'inadequate' in the coming weeks.

'Hard work'

She is holding a private meeting in January to allow members to have a "no holds barred" discussion.

Ms Cassidy, who is chair of the children's scrutiny committee, said: "Walsall is not achieving the required standards.

"In the schools themselves there is an incredible amount of hard work being done by teachers, parents and the children but within the council, too often there has been an attitude of 'that's good enough'.

"This is shown in primary education, where currently only 51 out of 81 schools are rated as being good or better (63%) meaning 30 schools require immediate improvement."

The names of the six schools concerned have not been revealed.

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