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House of Commons Hansard
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29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Preston deemed to be failing have since reached a satisfactory standard since 1997. [311240]

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This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 19 January 2010:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.

Prior to September 2005 inspections were carried out under the school inspection frameworks commonly known as Section 10. Since September 2005, inspections have been carried out under the school inspection frameworks commonly known as Section 5.

Under the current and previous inspection frameworks, Ofsted inspections do not use the term ‘failing'. Instead, if inspectors judge that a school's overall effectiveness is inadequate or very poor, the school will be placed into a category of concern. Under Section 10 these categories were called 'serious weaknesses' and 'special measures'. Under Section 5 the categories are called 'notice to improve' and 'special measures'. This response takes into account any school in the parliamentary constituency of Preston which has been placed into any category of concern since September 1997.

Of all the inspections carried out by Ofsted in maintained schools in Preston between September 1997 and August 2009, sixteen have resulted in the school being placed in a category of concern. One school has been placed into a category of concern on two separate occasions and so appears twice in the figures. Three of the fifteen schools affected closed before being removed from the category of concern. The remaining twelve have all been removed from any category following a reinspection. As at the end of August 2009, no school in Preston was in a category of concern. Table A below provides a list of the individual schools.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Vernon Coaker MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

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School name

Phase

Inspection framework

Category of concern

Date removed from the category

119229

Eldon Primary School

Primary

Section 10

Special measures

5 February 2001

119603

Preston St. Matthew's Church of England Primary School

Primary

Section 10

Special measures

4 June 2001

119430

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Preston

Primary

Section 10

Serious weakness

10 September 2001

119700

St. Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Preston

Primary

Section 10

Serious weakness

5 November 2001

119804

The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School

Primary

Section 10

Serious weakness

20/05/2002

119354

Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School

Primary

Section 10

Special measures

9 December 2002

119709

City of Preston High School

Secondary

Section 10

Serious weakness

12 May 2003

119333

Fishwick Primary School

Primary

Section 10

Special measures

30 June 2003

119866

Moorbrook School

Special

Section 5

Notice to improve

29 February 2008

119743

Walton le Dale Arts College and High School

Secondary

Section 5

Notice to improve

20 May 2008

119709

City of Preston High School

Secondary

Section 5

Special measures

23 April 2009

119237

The Roebuck School

Primary

Section 5

Notice to improve

24 June 2009

119608

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Primary School, Preston

Primary

Section 5

Notice to improve

7 July 2009

119443

St. Wilfrid's RC Primary School

Primary

Section 10

Special measures

Closed

119365

Bamber Bridge St. Saviour's Church of England Primary School

Primary

Section 10

Serious weakness

Closed

119105

Preston Tutorial Centre

PRU

Section 10

Special measures

Closed