Dozens of schools in the East are ‘stuck in a cycle of low performance’, Ofsted inspection suggests

Around 415 schools in England are described as “stuck” in a cycle of low performance, meaning they have not achieved a “good” or “outstanding” report by the watchdog since September 2006, despite having been inspected at least four times.

Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman said: “Stuck schools are facing a range of societal problems such as cultural isolation, a jobs market skewed towards big cities and low expectations from parents.

Ofsted spoke to one senior member of staff at a stuck school who said: “It was the ‘dumping ground’, seen as the ‘toilet of schools’, with under capacity.”