Brent secondary school branded a failure by government inspectors

Ofsted have slammed Crest Academies

Ofsted have slammed Crest Academies - Credit: Archant

A secondary school which splashed out £100,000 on 3D projectors, PCs, and Ipads has been branded a failure in a damning government report.

The Crest Boys’ Academy in Crest Road, Neasden, has been placed in special measures following an inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

The Crest Girls’ Academy, its sister school, fared slightly better but was still deemed inadequate.

Both academies, which were inspected in June, had previously achieved a satisfactory rating.

A month before the inspection the academies were given £100,000 to fund a brand new Apple suite, 3D projectors and glasses and more than 100 new PC’s while students have also been given an Ipad.

Inspectors slammed the boys’ school for having inadequate teaching, students underachieving and underperforming in reading in writing, weak AS results, a lack of self-discipline and understanding and respect for other beliefs and cultures among pupils.

The school was also slated for having inadequate leadership and management.

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However the report praised it for its progress in maths through good teaching and students gaining confidence in self-esteem by taking part in sports.

The girls’ school was deemed to have ‘serious weaknesses’ through a lack of achievement with girls from a Black African heritage making slower progress then other student in some subjects.

Inspectors also noted inconsistencies in students’ progress in different subjects, low expectations of students from teachers, insufficient teaching, poor monitoring of student progress, inadequate leadership and management and a slow restructuring of the governing body.

The school was recognised for its improvement in key stages thee and four, good behaviour, consideration and tolerance from students and senior leaders taking action to improve the quality of teaching.

The academies, which formerly known as John Kelly Boys’ and Girl’s school, were taken over from local authority control by E-ACT in 2009.

Both are currently being rebuilt as part of a £40million project that will see brand new classrooms and buildings opening for September next year.

Phil Hearne, the academies’ executive principal, took on the role in April last year.

He said: “The recent Ofsted inspections pointing to the need for improvement in both Crest Academies echo my views and those of my senior leadership team and the Governors. “Those improvements are already in hand, with a significant restructuring now complete.

“I am confident that these changes will ensure that our students get the education and opportunities they deserve.

“We now have the right team and staff in place to ensure that these results continue to improve. We are reversing the culture of low expectation, replacing it with an ethos of excellence.”

The school will be hold an open day on September 28 where residents can visit see the brand new school building.