A flagship city academy officially opened by Tony Blair is to be placed in special measures after a damning report by Ofsted inspectors, it was announced today.
Unity City Academy in Middlesbrough was heralded as the future face of education under Mr Blair's plans to improve teaching standards.
The new facility is said today to be 'failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education'.
Ofsted inspectors published a report which said the academy, which has 1,125 pupils aged 11 to 16, is failing in a number of areas. Unity City Academy opened in September 2002 and was formed from two schools where pupils' attainment was low.
The academy operated across the sites of the previous schools for the first two years and began a staged move to its new building in July last year, a year later than planned.
Today's Ofsted report stated: 'In accordance with section 14 of the School Inspections Act 1996, I am of the opinion that the academy requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education.'
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