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Ofsted could inspect JFS again in 12 weeks

Education inspectorate said the school, which was put in 'special measures', will have its first monitoring inspection within three to nine months

Jack Mendel is the Online Editor at the Jewish News.

Former Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has taken over at JFS
Former Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has taken over at JFS

JFS may have as little as  12 weeks to get out of ‘special measures’ following its devastating Ofsted downgrade .

The inspectorate released its report to the public this week, outlining major failings at Europe’s largest Jewish secondary school. It found sexual bullying via social media andpupils not “adequately prepared for modern life”.

While outlining a cultural and behavioural problem at the Kenton school, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the interim head who took over after Rachel Fink left suddenly in May, told Jewish News last month it “should come out of special measures pretty easily”. 

Ofsted confirmed “schools that are placed in special measures are monitored and will usually have their first monitoring inspection within three to nine months from the publication date of its last full inspection report”.

At the end of its report, Ofsted said: “Inspectors were aware of a serious incident, involving a child who used to attend this school, that had occurred since the previous inspection.” 

It added it was also aware of “serious allegations of a child protection nature were being investigated by the appropriate authorities.”.

More than 5,500 people have signed a petition launched by a JFS student, urging the school to provide better mental health support.

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