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'Inadequate' school in Exeter where pupils were at risk of harm is revisited by Ofsted

By anitamerritt | Posted: July 05, 2017

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Ofsted inspectors are back at 'inadequate' Exeter Deaf Academy

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Ofsted inspectors have returned to 'inadequate' Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education this week to conduct a monitoring visit.

During their two-day visit this Tuesday and Wednesday, inspectors have been focusing on improvements it has made in safeguarding, and teaching and learning. Last December the findings of the academy's recent Ofsted inspection were announced revealing it was found to be at risk of harm.

The damning report said it was not providing an acceptable standard of education. It said failures by governors had put pupils at risk of harm and led to a serious decline in the school's performance. Inspectors found a new child protection reporting system was "not fit for purpose", and disclosed there had been an investigation into "serious allegations" relating to safeguarding.


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The academy is relocating to the former Rolle College site in Exmouth. It purchased the land last September to create a new home for the academy currently based in Topsham Road, Exeter. This month it is expected to submit a formal planning application to East Devon District.

Two months later in November, the troubled academy was labelled 'inadequate' by Ofsted inspector. At the time of the report there were 71 on the school roll, including 43 boarders, and 41 aged 16 to 19.

A major investigation was launched in July 2016, following concerns raised in a 'whistleblowing letter' sent to Ofsted. Three members of staff were believed to have been suspended when the investigation by Devon County Council, Ofsted, DfE and the police was launched.

The school has since been working on a robust action plan to bring the academy out of special measures, and is focusing on its new future in Exmouth.


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