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Government minister says Barrow school is making necessary improvements

A MINISTER has said the Department for Education is reassured that a Furness secondary school is making necessary improvements.

Lord Nash, the Parliamentary under secretary of state for schools, has responded to a letter from the leader of Cumbria County Council, Councillor Stewart Young, after the government was asked for assurances about the scale and pace of improvement at three Cumbria academies which are in special measures.

Barrow’s Furness Academy was placed in special measures in May, after Ofsted judged the school to be inadequate.

In December Ofsted returned and said the academy was making reasonable progress to coming out of special measures.

In his response Lord Nash, wrote: “Furness Academy is also being monitored closely by officials, who have regular discussions with the sponsor about progress. As I am sure you are aware, the academy was above the floor standard in 2013 and is projecting further improvements this year. One of our education advisors visited the school on February 3 and we are reassured the school is making the improvements necessary to improve outcomes. Our view is shared by Ofsted, which judged the school to be making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures at the most recent inspection in December.”

During an Ofsted blitz of inspections in Cumbria in November and December Barrow Sixth Form College was judged to require improvements. With regard to the college the Education Funding Agency territorial team is meeting with representatives of the college regularly to review progress against its Post-Inspection Action Plan.

Cllr Young said: “We want the best education for all Cumbrian children, irrespective of what type of school they attend, so it is important that everyone is clear who exactly is responsible for ensuring that happens.”

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