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Bradford's Oasis Academy put into special measures

A Bradford school has been placed in special measures after inspectors found it be be inadequate in every category.

Oasis Academy, in Lister Park, was criticised by Ofsted for poor teaching, serious divisions in its leadership and ineffective governance.

The poor behaviour of students was also highlighted and some showed a lack of respect for teachers.

An Oasis Academy spokesman said it had already introduced "significant changes".

Ofsted inspectors went to the academy after receiving a complaint "that raised serious concerns".

In their report, after the February visit, the inspection team found "the academy does not meet the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress."

But the team acknowledged senior leaders and representatives of the sponsor (Oasis) had "a clear understanding of what needs to be improved and appropriate plans were in place, although work to tackle weaknesses is at an early stage".

Pupil Premium

Oasis said: "The leadership of Oasis Community Learning acknowledges the findings of the Ofsted report which has placed Oasis Academy Lister Park into special measures."

Ofsted said an external review of both the governance and the academy's use of the pupil premium should be undertaken.

In a statement, Oasis said: "As a result of our own investigation, we had already decided to make significant changes to the leadership of the academy, installing an executive principal who has a proven track record of improving the academic performance of other schools.

"We will also look to bolster leadership capacity at the academy by appointing a new permanent principal who will inspire the whole staff team with high expectation. "

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