Private schools served with improvement notices
Over one hundred private schools have been given statutory improvement notices by the Department for Education (DfE), highlighting failings with institutions which risk closures if they fail to act, reports The Telegraph.
The findings from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request obtained as part of a joint investigation by Schools Week and the Yorkshire Post show leading private schools have failed on pupils safeguarding, providing suitable facilities and have breached health and safety measures.
Schools receiving damning Ofsted reports include Prince Charles’ prep school, Hill House, and Queen Ethelburga’s College in North Yorkshire.
Of the roughly 2,400 private schools in the UK, half are inspected by Ofsted and 1,200 of the country’s largest institutions, like Eton College, are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
Schools ordered to improve include the Sylvia Young Theatre School in west London, which counts Amy Winehouse and Rita Ora among its alumni.
A spokesman for the Independent Schools Council, which represents fewer than 20 schools on the list, said: “Most of our schools get these things right and those who don’t should work quickly to make sure that they do.”
A DfE spokesman said: “All independent schools must comply with the Independent Schools Standards, and where there are concerns a school is failing to meet these standards, we will take swift action”.
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