Hassenbrook Academy crisis: Politicians respond

THURROCK’S leading politicians have reacted to the disastrous Ofsted inspection for Hassenbrook Academy.

Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, and portfolio holder for education said:

“Thurrock Council knows of the issues at Hassenbrook and facilitated discussions with the regional schools commissioner and the two schools, Hassenbrook and Gable Hall. The commissioner was also keen to hear the council’s view.

“Although academies are fully independent of local authorities, Thurrock Council takes its education responsibilities very seriously and works closely with all schools in the borough, irrespective of funding streams.

“It is the education of Thurrock’s young people which is all important and the schools and council agree that co-operation is the way forward.”

Shadow education spokesperson, cllr James Halden said: "I have visited Hassenbrook three in the last year and while I have always been quick to praise students for hard work, but there are clear issues there hence why I have visted so often compared to some other schools.

I have also visited Gable Hall 3 times and also hosted my committee there to hear about the benefits of multi academy trusts when it comes to improving neighbouring schools, as well as how well Gable Hall have done in regards to helping Corringham Primary. This new move from Gable Hall to support Hassenbrook is one that I have actively supported for sometime now.

The Ofsted report is of grave concern and I can assure you that this topic has been frequent in my private meetings in the council, again hence my many visits and work to show how well the Gable Hall MAT is working. I am delighted that Gable Hall will be helping them and feel that this is now the turning point. I look forward to visiting Hassenbrook again in the imminent future with friends from Gable Hall to listen about the pathway forward".

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