Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school

Safeguarding arrangements are not effective. Leaders have not maintained a sufficient oversight of safeguarding records. Not all governors have undergone the required checks on their suitability to work with children.

Leaders have not sustained the good quality of education identified in the last inspection. Pupils’ attainment and progress have been, and continue to be, too variable across subjects and ability groups because pupils are not challenged enough to improve.

Leaders have too optimistic a view of the school’s performance and have not focused on the right priorities to tackle the weaknesses in the school.

Leaders have not set clear targets for the school as a whole or for various groups of pupils. Therefore, although teachers check on pupils’ progress, they have no secure means of knowing whether sufficient progress is being made.  Leaders focus on ensuring that pupils reach the standards expected for their age. They do not focus enough on developing pupils’ greater depths of understanding.

The coordination of provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is weak. The processes for setting targets and checking on these pupils’ progress are not being implemented.

The quality of teaching is very variable between subjects. This detracts from the progress that pupils make and also leads to inconsistencies in their behaviour in lessons.

Since the last inspection, attendance has not been high enough and, for some groups, has been significantly worse than the averages nationally. It is now improving, but is still below average.

The pupil premium and physical education and sports funding is used appropriately. However, the governors have no means of measuring its impact on pupils’ achievement.

An accordance with section 44(1) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.

You can read the full report here.

 


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