In Education Questions, I was proud to raise the great progress made by Castle Community College since going into special measures. GCSE results improved greatly in 2014.
Charlie: What recent steps her Department has taken to improve schools which have been placed in special measures.
Nick Gibb (Minister for Schools): We act swiftly to tackle failure. If a local authority maintained school goes into special measures,Department for Education officials contact it within five days of being notified, and begin to work with it towards becoming a sponsored academy. Since 2010, we have opened 1,042 sponsored academies, which have nearly all resulted from this process. If an academy goes into special measures, the regional schools commissioner responds equally swiftly.
Charlie: Is the Minister aware of the striking progress that has been made at Deal's Castle community academy in just a few short months, thanks to strong intervention by his Department? Will a decision on sponsorship for the academy be made soon?
Nick Gibb (Minister for Schools): I know that my hon. Friend has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure early resolution of the problems the school has faced since it went into special measures. We are working closely with the Castle Community Trust, and on securing a strong sponsor for the school quickly. Ofsted's monitoring inspection on 10 September confirmed that the academy's plans are fit for purpose, and that necessary improvements are being made.
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