Following Burscough Priory’s ‘inadequate’ rating announced by Ofsted, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“Burscough Priory’s ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating is another blow to education provision here in West Lancashire. In the light of this poor rating, I have asked Lancashire County Council to outline the urgent action it intends to take to improve the school’s performance, protecting pupils’ education.
“Burscough Priory’s ‘inadequate’ rating comes right on the back of the poor Ofsted and CQC report on SEND provision across Lancashire, and requires serious questions to be answered by Lancashire County Council, the education authority.
“I have raised both these serious issues with Lancashire County Council and will be raising the issue of high school provision in West Lancashire with the Education Secretary.”
Parents have contacted Rosie about their fears about a proposal to turn the school into an academy, which Rosie Cooper MP further commented on:
“I am supporting many pupils, parents and staff who have contacted me concerned and distressed at the proposal to change the status of Burscough Priory.
“I have written to the Regional Schools Commissioner and Burscough Priory to seek clarification about the process, criteria and timetable to be used in finding and appointing a suitable sponsor if the decision to proceed with applying for academy status.
“I am concerned about the real level of engagement and consultation that will take place with local partners, agencies, residents, pupils and parents.
“If academisation of Burscough Priory is seen to be inevitable, it is essential that a high quality education provider is appointed with the absolute aim of driving up educational standards and not risk bringing in asset-strippers such as is being investigated in Wakefield.
“The school and the education authority needs to be open and transparent in its dealings and fully consult and communicate with all interested parties in this proposal.”