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(UK) Leicester: Local mayor critiques school; disabled students not attending school

Nov 18, 2018, Leicestershire Live: Mayor says this Leicester school has 'blighted the lives' of pupils https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/mayor-says-leicester-school-blighted-2229142 The mayor of Leicester has claimed a poorly performing city school has ‘blighted the lives’ of its pupils. Sir Peter Soulsby singled out The Tudor Grange Samworth Academy in a debate about education during a city council meeting this week. The Labour mayor was condemning the academy system in general and criticising the council’s previous Labour leadership who he said facilitated the removal of schools from council management. Sir Peter said his predecessors had made a mistake in setting up the Samworth Academy in Trenant Road, off Saffron Lane. The school, which opened in 2007, now has more then 800 pupils and was rated inadequate by Ofsted following its latest inspection last month. … “The other is their promotion of academies in Leicester – particularly the facilitation and promotion of the Samworth Academy which they promoted and has so sadly failed and let down and blighted the lives of so many young people denying them the education that they need in our city.”… Weaknesses Outcomes for pupils are not good enough. Boys, disadvantaged pupils, the most able and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, particularly underachieve. The provision for pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is poor. These pupils do not achieve as well as they could…. The proportion of pupils who are persistently absent from school continues to be high. Attendance is improving, but some pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those who have SEN and/or disabilities, continue to miss school too frequently. …