Alfred School head teacher reacts to 'inadequate' Ofsted rating
Alfred School's head teacher says strategies are already in place
to address several issues raised in a 'disappointing' Ofsted report
here by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the school has been rated as 'inadequate'
in five areas including overall effectiveness.
Denise Hurr told Burnham-On-Sea.com that she and her staff are "committed
to addressing the issues in the report," which judges the school
to be inadequate.
adds that there have already been changes in teaching and to the
curriculum, and expertise brought in to improve the evaluation and
monitoring of students' progress.
sure everyone involved with the school will be disappointed,"
she said. "But we are already moving forward and I am confident
that the whole school community will continue to pull together to
make the improvements that are needed."
local Education Authority has arranged for the Clevedon Learning
Trust to support the King Alfred School in delivering the post Ofsted
improvement work. The Executive Headteacher, John Wells, is now
working alongside Mrs Hurr.
Hurr said: "We very much welcome the assistance which I know
will accelerate the rate of improvement. This is a school at the
heart of its community with a strong ethos of care and respect,
these are great foundations on which we will build."
inspectors visited the school in April and the resulting report
acknowledges the positive impact of recent changes. It notes some
recent improvements in teaching, curriculum changes and the good
attitudes shown by Sixth Form students. The Ofsted team also noted
the positive impact of the school's Be Proud Plan on the experience
of students in the classroom. This plan enables staff and students
to work together on a clear set of expectations, focusing on high
quality learning and student leadership.
it also identifies variable quality of teaching, disappointing GCSE
exam results and a need for teachers to have higher expectations
of their pupils. It highlights various areas in need of improvement,
including evaluation, behaviour and careers advice.
for Somerset County Council said: "The Council is committed
to working with King Alfred's to bring the rapid improvement that
everyone wants to see. We have arranged for extra support and have
every confidence that it will help take the school in the right
school's special measures status means it will become part of a
Multi-Academy Trust. Details of the arrangements are yet to be finalised,
but it will allow the school to benefit from support from other
high-performing schools and good practice. The full Ofsted inspection
report can be found on the school's website.