Staff and pupils at the famous Bash Street School were still reeling this weekend after Ofsted inspectors slammed its unimaginative teaching methods and failure to move out of the 1950s.
The school which originally came to national prominence after it was featured in The Beano, was severely criticized for consistent discipline problems and other educational short-comings that has resulted in all pupils being held down a year for over six decades.
‘Teaching methods have not moved forwards for half a century’ said the report. ‘The teacher known as ‘Teacher’ still wears a mortar board and wields a cane but fails to actively engage pupils or show any evidence of lesson plans or differentiated learning. It is no wonder that the school has consistently failed to attract new staff or pupils.’
The inspectors went on to point out the complete absence of computers or interactive whiteboards and with no evidence of implementing the government’s ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda, the school has now been placed in Special Measures.
Bash Street School is now expected to be closed and re-opened as a City Academy specialising in Business Studies and I.T. The Ofsted inspectors singled out ‘Teacher’ for individual criticism and gave him six whacks with their favourite cane, writing ‘Thwack!’ on the blackboard to make it extra clear exactly what was happening.