New Labour’s academy programme has lurched into a new crisis with news that a £30 million academy school in Sheffield will be placed in special measures following an Ofsted inspection.
The inspection judged Sheffield Park Academy, which is run by the United Learning Trust, to be “inadequate”.
But it wasn’t always this way – specifically, it wasn’t this way before it was privatised.
The academy replaced Waltheof school, a state-run school that was closed in 2006. It was not “failing” when it closed.
Sheffield Park is the latest in a string of academies to be judged as failing schools.
It makes a mockery of New Labour’s argument that business models are the solution to everything.