OXFORD East MP Anneliese Dodds has written to a Government minister about The Oxford Academy following its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating to demand answers over the ‘enormous failure’.

In a letter to Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for School Standards, she said she believed it was right the previous leadership team had gone but was ‘incredibly concerned’ that the situation had arisen in the first place.

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Questioning the entire academy system, in which schools are directly funded by the state and outside local authority control, said: “As well as the responsibility lying with the previous management, responsibility also lies with the Department for Education, and the academy system that has been established.”

She called for a meeting with the department to discuss the issue.

A report released last week by the education watchdog found Oxford Academy to be 'inadequate' and placed it back in special measures, almost four years after it was rated 'good' for the first time ever.

Bullying and violence were highlighted as major concerns in the report.

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Inspectors wrote: "The behaviour of a growing minority of pupils has become unruly, unkind and unsafe.

"Many pupils rightly told us that they feel very worried about coming to the school.

"Incidents of violence and abuse, including fights between pupils, are increasing."

The inspection took place in November, and was triggered by safeguarding concerns raised by Oxfordshire County Council.

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Since the latest inspection, the school's governors have resigned and the headteacher has left.

Experienced educators have formed an 'interim academy board' to drive improvements and an interim headteacher, David Terry, has taken up post.

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