Mexborough School could become a co-operative

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A school in South Yorkshire which went into special measures in March could become a co-operative.

The Co-op College is bidding to assist Mexborough School in Doncaster after it was branded "inadequate" in an Ofsted report just over five months ago.

The secondary school's board of governors was stripped of its powers after the Ofsted inspection in January.

Doncaster Council said being part of a co-operative would "enable them to share information and good practice".

According to the Co-op College the school would become a foundation school whilst remaining part of the local authority.

It would mean that parents and the local community would remain involved through membership groups.

'Remarkable results'

The co-operative would then advise and give guidance on issues such as the curriculum.

The Co-op College, which has worked with more than 130 schools, said in a statement: "We have seen remarkable results with many of the schools we work with - something regularly acknowledged in Ofsted reports.

"We hope that being part of a growing network of schools that share these values and are committed to working together will similarly benefit the learners at Mexborough".

Doncaster Council's director of the Children and Young People's Service, Chris Pratt, said: "We have invited various Academy providers to express an interest and are now in the process of short-listing and interviewing interested parties before a final decision is made by the Department for Education later this summer."

One parent, Michelle Abbey, said she had had no information from the school about the potential plans and that this "disappointed" her.

"They should let us know as parents, so we can get our points of view across whether we'd like this to happen or not."

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