Manor Green College, Havering’s pupil referral service (PRS), was placed into special measures this week by Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the college’s four sites in Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster in February, and the report, published today (Thursday 16 April), judged it to be inadequate.

However, in their report inspectors did note that ‘students feel safe and have no concerns about bullying’, and that they get on well together. It also noted that students at the Green Vale Campus make better progress.

Following the inspection, the Council has taken steps to make rapid improvements, firstly appointing a new acting head of college, Kerry Linden, and a specialist school improvement consultant to work with the college.

Ms Linden has put in place a number of measures to address Ofsted’s key areas for improvement, working with teachers to ensure they have the skills to deliver good and outstanding lessons.

She said:

“We need to act on this immediately. We are working on an action plan to address all issues raised by Ofsted so we can tackle them, making improvements as soon as possible.

“We want to challenge our students to have high expectations for themselves and their education, and encourage parents to work with us to improve attendance.”

The PRS is for young people who are not in mainstream schools, either due to permanent exclusion, or for medical reasons.

This was the first inspection of the college since the four separate referral sites combined.