Court Fields school has been put on special measures by Ofsted following an inspection last November. The school’s overall performance was rated Inadequate, the lowest grade available from the government education watchdog.
Ofsted published its findings today online at www.ofsted.gov.uk
Of the four assessed areas Achievement of Pupils, Quality of Teaching and Leadership & Management were all given the lowest grade, 4. Only Behaviour & Safety of Pupils was given a 3.
Just over a year earlier Court Fields had been rated Satisfactory by Ofsted but given a number of tough improvement targets by the regulator. Failure to make those changes quickly enough has led to the current situation.
Some of the key criticisms are:
- Leaders, managers and governors have not done enough to eliminate weaknesses identified at the last inspection.
- GCSE results are not high enough, especially in mathematics and science.
- Students do not do as well as they should because there is still too much weak teaching, especially in mathematics and science. Students do not have good enough numeracy skills to prepare them for when they leave school.
- Teachers do not demand enough of students. As a result, the work set for them is sometimes too easy.
- Classroom assistants are not used well enough to help students learn effectively.
- In lessons, students usually cooperate with teachers, but they are rarely encouraged to work by themselves.
- When students sit for too long listening they lose attention; their behaviour in lessons is not always managed well enough by teachers.
- Checks on teaching and students’ progress are not thorough enough.
- The governing body does not have a good enough understanding of the school’s weaknesses. It does not demand enough improvement from the headteacher and other leaders.
Only the teaching of the English department and the behaviour of the pupils around school and towards one another receive specific praise from the inspectors.
In Ofsted language special measures means that the school is not delivering an acceptable level of education to its pupils and that the management and governors lack the skills to turn things around. From now on everything Court Fields does will be very closely monitored with frequent outside visits from Ofsted appointees.
The inspectors have made six pages of highly specific recommendations that will be watched very closely for delivery by the Headteacher and the staff. The governors will also be expected to improve their performance.
Tomorrow Around Wellington will carry an interview with the Court Fields headteacher, Mrs Elaine Faull.
Read the full Ofsted report by clicking here