School head is ‘inadequate’

Preston MP Mark Hendrick
Preston MP Mark Hendrick
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The principal of an under fire Preston school has been criticised by a city MP in the House of Commons.

Fulwood Academy was put into special measures after it was deemed ‘inadequate’ by inspectors from government watchdog Ofsted, who slammed teaching, learning and management across the school.

Headteacher at Fulwood Academy, Richard Smyth

Headteacher at Fulwood Academy, Richard Smyth

Now Preston MP Mark Hendrick has raised his worries with the Secretary of State for Education.

He brought up his concerns in a question to Michael Gove in the Commons this week, calling the school’s principal “inadequate”.

He said: “Fulwood Academy in Preston had a recent Ofsted report that stated that pupil achievement, quality of teaching and leadership and management were inadequate.

“The head teacher Richard Smyth has received extra funding for free school meals, disabled pupils and special educational needs.

“Why should that man remain in post when he has been at the school for three years and is himself inadequate?”

In response, Mr Gove said he was aware of concerns about the school.

He said: “I am grateful to the Honourable Gentleman for drawing my attention to those concerns about the principal.

“I am aware that there are concerns more broadly about Fulwood Academy, and I will write to him about what we propose to do.”

Fulwood Academy principal Richard Smyth said: “We have written to invite Mark Hendrick MP to come and visit the Academy for the first time and we await his response.”