Exclusion row at Sheffield school

Thorran Mason of Morland Close,Sheffield
Thorran Mason of Morland Close,Sheffield
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A ROW has broken out at a Sheffield school after seven pupils were excluded the day before inspectors were due to visit.

Thorran Mason, aged 14, was sent home from Springs Academy in Gleadless along with six other pupils ahead of an inspection by Ofsted.

Thorran’s dad Mark, 49, claims the school excluded pupils deemed to be unruly to ‘get them out of the way’, boosting the school inspection rating in the process.

But a spokesman for Springs Academy said Ofsted were ‘fully aware’ of the exclusions and a crackdown has been taking place at the school to tackle bad behaviour this term.

“The academy has a robust process for handling behavioural issues which is always followed in full before a student is temporarily excluded,” he said.

“Ofsted were made fully aware of the exclusions that had taken place, and of the academy’s approach to improving behaviour.”

Mark said Thorran, a Year 10 pupil, was excluded after a teacher accused him of being out of an afternoon maths lesson without permission.

“I’m sure it’s so they get a better outcome in the inspections, and the standard of behaviour looks better,” said Mark, of Morland Close, Gleadless. “They’re excluding them for such small stuff. Thorran is actually a good kid.”