Improvements under way at Fazakerley High following Ofsted inspection

Liverpool’s Chief Education Officer is implementing a raft of improvements at a city secondary school which has been placed in special measures by Ofsted.

Heather Duggan has taken charge at Fazakerley High School, which has been rated as inadequate by the education watchdog following an inspection in October.

The report concluded that pupils “do not get a good deal” and raised fundamental issues with leadership, teaching, exam results and attendance.

The school, which has 818 pupils on roll, has also been rated as “requires improvement” in the category of personal development.

The “inadequate” rating now means that it will automatically receive an Academy Order and multi-academy trusts will be asked to express an interest in becoming a sponsor for the school.

The school was rated as “requires improvement” at its previous inspection.

Acting headteacher Heather Duggan (pictured above) said: “The pupils of this school deserve the very best education and they have not been receiving the quality of education that they should have.

“Since my arrival last month I have made a number of changes to the way the school operates to address the very serious concerns from Ofsted. This includes adding more skills and depth to the governing body, strengthening the senior leadership team and putting in place a new curriculum from January where pupils will have access to all subjects.

“We have fantastic students who are eager to learn and a team of staff that are united in their determination to increase standards, so I am confident that we will be able to deliver the improvements that are necessary.”

Cabinet member for education, Cllr Barbara Murray, said: “A successful Fazakerley High School is vital to outcomes for all pupils at the school so it is imperative to take swift action to improve standards at the school.

“I want to reassure pupils, parents and the wider community that we are working to rapidly make the necessary changes to ensure pupils achieve their fullest potential.”