New £18m learning block to be built at secondary school rated as 'inadequate' in Milton Keynes

A secondary school slammed as 'inadequate' by Ofsted last month is to have an £18m new building for pupils to learn core subjects.

By Sally Murrer
Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 1:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 1:20 pm

The new state-of-the-art facility at Stantonbury International School will be used to teach the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This week educational building specialises Keir announced they had won the contract to deliver the project, which will mostly be paid for by government STEM funding.

Kier's chief executive Andrew Davies said: “Through our delivery of these vital new school buildings we will provide critical infrastructure and support the government’s aim of laying the foundations for everyone to have the opportunity to succeed."

Stantonbury International School

Stantonbury International School, which is part of the The Griffin Schools Trust, was placed on special measures at the end of last month after an Ofsted inspection.

A team of six inspectors had descended on the school earlier this following a rush of concerns from parents concerned about the safety of their children. A child had been stabbed with a pair of scissors only days before.

The inspectors found examples of violence, dangerous behaviour, truancy, and students who were scared of walking around the premises.

They also spoke of overworked teachers, a badly planned and taught curriculum, and a lack of leadership.

But the school leaders say they are already on track to losing the inadequate label.

A spokesman for the Trust said: “Stantonbury had a full safeguarding review by an independent assessor and put into place an updated set of procedures backed by a new responsibility structure within four weeks of the inspectors’ visit.

“The Trust has made significant changes to the leadership of the school. At the time of the inspection the joint heads, supported by the executive head, had already introduced the required strategies to ensure pupils feel safe in school.”

Putting the school into special measures is the lowest possible rating from Ofsted and means that its progress will be regularly monitored before it is re-inspected.