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St John's Wood Academy 

10 May 2018

Councillor Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We are extremely concerned at the outcome of the Ofsted inspection of St John’s Wood Academy, a special school in Knutsford.

“The school – which currently has 42 pupils – is part of the Adelaide Academy Trust and, while this council has no direct responsibility for management of the school, we are providing both support and challenge to the school and the trust to ensure immediate improvements to address the serious issues raised in this report.Cllr-jos-saunders-280px

“The council had raised concerns prior to the inspection and had already taken steps to provide support, some of which are recognised in the report. Following the inspection, the council has acted swiftly to respond to the specific safeguarding concerns, placing officers in the school on a regular basis to provide further support and oversight.

“We wish to assure families that we have taken steps to improve arrangements and we will continue to work closely with the trust to progress a range of actions to bring about immediate improvements. The school, alongside the local authority, will be meeting with parents in the coming days to discuss this in more detail.

“We are in discussions with the regional schools commissioner as St John’s is not a local authority maintained school.”