Manor Academy principal says ‘students must come first’ after Ofsted battering

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Mansfield Woodhouse Manor Academy
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Leaders at an under-fire Mansfield Woodhouse academy have called an emergency meeting for parents and carers following a scathing Ofsted inspection and an incident which left a trainee teacher in hospital.

The meeting is due to take place on Wednesday evening at Manor Academy, in Park Hall Road after Government inspectors returned a damning report on the Manor Academy, in Park Hall Road - stating that efforts to turn the struggling academy around were ‘too little, too late’.

Members of the academy’s board of trustees and other senior managers will also be present.

The academy has now also confirmed that three members of staff have left “by mutual agreement” after a student teacher was taken to hospital following a bungled April Fools joke carried out by other staff.

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Sources at the academy contacted the Chad about the incident, which they claim left the trainee with burns to his throat after a substance was put in his drink.

One source at the school told the Chad: “It was an April Fools Day joke that went wrong. Some sort of substance was put into the teacher’s tea, but it was an accident - no-one knew the substance might be toxic.

The incident is common knowledge amongst the school body, after students noticed the teachers’ absence and staff were overheard talking about it in communal spaces, one parent who asked not to be named said.

The parent added that students have been left unsettled after supply teachers were brought in to replace the suspended staff in the run-up to crucial GCSE exams.

It is not known whether the student teacher has carried on at the academy following the incident.

Nottinghamshire Police have said they are not involved in the incident.

The academy is coming under increasing pressure from unhappy parents demanding answers, with an online petition also launched calling for the resignation of principal Donna Trusler.

The latest Ofsted report, released earlier this month, shows that every area of the school inspected either required improvement or was simply inadequate.

The report reads: “This school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.”

But Mrs Trusler (pictured) has said that she is determined to move the academy forward, and that the school’s 900-plus students must come first.

She said: ““We have much to be proud of at The Manor Academy but we know there is considerable work to be done.

“We accept the Ofsted inspectors’ verdict after their visit in March. We now need to move on.

“Most important are our students. We aim to provide a safe, secure and happy environment in which they can thrive.

“We want them to fulfil their potential by providing the highest quality education possible.

“Parents, quite rightly, demand that.

“Parents and the wider community can be reassured that we are starting to see improvements. Our GCSE results during the summer will be well above the Government’s floor targets.

“Our A-level provision is among the best in the area – last year’s results proved that. By the autumn term, I anticipate we will be part of a successful multi-academy trust. The move will open the door to additional support and expertise.

“I’m aware of false accusations on social media. We will not be distracted from doing our best for our students.

“I will be asking parents at the meeting to get behind the school and their children, supporting them to realise their hopes and dreams.

“We need to move on, together,” she said.

The meeting is set to take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday May 4 at Manor Academy in Park Hall Road.