school says damning Ofsted report is "inaccurate"
Churchfield School is "failing to deliver a satisfactory
standard of education" and has been placed under special
measures by government education inspectors from Ofsted.
the damning new report on the school, which has been published
this week by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's
Services and Skills, has been formally challenged by the school,
which claims it is "inaccurate" and full of "sweeping
has been given the lowest score possible for its overall effectiveness
and the report also says the achievement of pupils, quality of
teaching and leadership are "ineffective" while behaviour
and pupil safety are "satisfactory."
report says that the "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
goes on to claim that the school "does not provide an adequate
quality of education" and that "pupils at the end of
year 6 are significantly below the national average."
the positive side, Ofsted says pupils behave satisfactorily and
are respectful of each other and it goes on to state "school
leaders and managers ensure that pupils are kept safe."
of the final report has been delayed after the school formally
challenged the findings in its initial draft document.
an open letter to all parents, headteacher Wendy Nelder said this
week: "It has been challenged by the school because of the
sweeping generalisations made throughout its contents and the
inaccuracies it contains."
of the conclusions drawn by the inspectors were based on very
little evidence and do not, we feel, paint an accurate picture
of what is actually happening."
report has been changed since it was first sent to us but, even
this week, when we received the final copy, we had to approach
Ofsted again for small, but significant, corrections to be made."
to the recent amalgamation of St John's School and Beechfield
School, she added: "The governors, staff, parents and pupils
have worked very hard to bring two schools together over the last
18 months and have achieved a great deal - something the inspectors
made no reference to and refused to acknowledge as the significant
task all of us know it was."
am confident that this drive, enthusiasm and dedication to serving
the needs of the children in Highbridge will enable us to continue
to improve, move into our wonderful new building and come out
of special measures well within the given timescale."
report has outlined a number of recommendations for how the school
can improve. These include raising pupils' attainment and progress,
improving its effectiveness of leadership and management, and
improving its quality of teaching.
inspectors compiled the report by observing teaching and learning
in sixteen lessons. They made short observations of group work
and 17 teachers were observed over a period of 10 hours. Inspectors
also held discussions with Churchfield's governing body, pupils,
parents and staff. Questionnaire responses from 94 parents and
52 staff were also reviewed.
invited Somerset County Council's education department to comment
on the report this week, but no response was received.