Both academies in special measures

NILA 02-10-12 BE 12 Ormiston enterprise academy, Cotmanhay.
NILA 02-10-12 BE 12 Ormiston enterprise academy, Cotmanhay.
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A second damning Ofsted report means that both academies in Ilkeston, run by Ormiston, are now in special measures.

Ormiston Enterprise Academy, formerly Bennerley School, has been given an ‘inadequate’ rating by inspectors, just weeks after Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, formerly Ilkeston School, received the same rating – the lowest available to inspectors.

Gareth Jones, interim principal at Ormiston Enterprise Academy.

Gareth Jones, interim principal at Ormiston Enterprise Academy.

Earlier this year the Government gave the go-ahead to merge the two academies on one site, forcing the Cotmanhay school to close in September 2014.

This news is set to further anger parents and campaigners who blasted the merger as a ‘betrayal’ of Ormiston’s promises when it took over the school.

The report blasted the slow level of improvements made since the academy opened in 2011 in students’ achievements.

“Teachers plan work that is not sufficiently tailored to meet the needs of students of different abilities,” it read.

Ormiston has vowed to improve standards, saying it has given interim principal Gareth Jones ‘a specific remit’ to improve standards.

Mr Jones had been in charge for just a week when the inspection took place in January, but inspectors said he ‘demonstrates a passion for improvement and has quickly and accurately assessed where changes have to be made’.

Mr Jones added: “Staff and colleagues are disappointed with the Ofsted outcome, but we have the drive and determination to tackle the issues identified in the report.

“Ormiston Academies Trust has put together a rigorous action plan with us to ensure the academy is focussed on the key areas for improvement.

“I would like to reassure parents that we are absolutely committed to providing a good standard of education for students.”

He will take charge of a comprehensive action plan, which is being prepared by governors and Ormiston, according to a trust spokesman.