failing school

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A secondary school whose General Certificate of Secondary Education results fail to reach nationally set minimum targets based on the proportion of pupils achieving five passes at grade C or above. Such a school is deemed to be failing, and is required to improve its results in order to meet the minimum target within two years. Under the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act, those schools which are unable to do this face closure by their local authority, or renaming and reopening under the Fresh Start scheme with a new head teacher. The minimum percentage target used to identify failing schools has been raised several times from its original level of 15 per cent.

Subjects: Education.

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