The School 'Cheats'; Top Teachers Brought in and Problem Pupils Banished for Ofsted Inspection

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The School 'Cheats'; Top Teachers Brought in and Problem Pupils Banished for Ofsted Inspection


Byline: SARAH HARRIS

A STRUGGLING school has controversially drafted in eight top teachers and banished nine problem pupils ahead of an Ofsted inspection.

The aim is to create the best impression possible for the inspectors.

But angry parents and teachers say the move is 'cheating' and makes a mockery of the Ofsted system.

Endeavour High School in Hull, which has 1,200 pupils, was opened last September when two badly performing schools were merged on a new [pounds sterling]15million site.

It is nicknamed the banana because of its mainly yellow colour - a hue supposed to inspire learning.

However, it was recently revealed that more than a quarter of the school's teachers are either trainees or only recently qualified.

Headmaster David Throp resigned five weeks ago after complaints from parents about the large numbers of such staff, as well as poor management and missing course work. Now Kevin Beaton, head of another Hull school, Kingswood High, has temporarily taken over at Endeavour and is trying to stop the school being put into 'special measures', when it would be officially classed as failing.

Ofsted inspectors will arrive on Monday to find the eight new members of staff, while nine of the school's most 'challenging' students will be at a local college for a week's vocational course.

The move has been backed by the local education authority at Labourrun Hull city council. But many teachers are unhappy.

One, who wished to remain anonymous, said: 'It's not fair on the children I teach and it's not going to give a true reflection on the state of Endeavour. …

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