King Alfred School rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted
King Alfred School has been a dealt a blow with a new Ofsted inspection
report that rates it as 'inadequate'.
report - which was sent to parents of the school's pupils on Thursday
(June 22nd) - rates five areas as 'inadequate' and one area as 'requiring
has rated the following as 'inadequate': overall effectiveness;
the effectiveness of leadership and management; the quality of teaching,
learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare;
and outcomes for pupils.
adds that the school's 16-to-19 study programmes 'require improvement'.
report states: "For several years, GCSE exam results have been
poor, including in English and maths. Leaders have not tackled these
issues with sufficient urgency and have failed to halt the decline
do not accurately monitor and evaluate the school's work. This has
limited the effectiveness of actions taken to improve pupils' behaviour
and the quality of teaching."
including the most able and those who have special educational needs
and/or disabilities, do not make the progress of which they are
capable. Teachers do not have sufficiently high expectations of
what pupils can achieve."
report adds: "Teachers do not use information about what pupils
already know and can do to plan effectively for the next steps of
for pupils' personal development lacks attention to some aspects
of risk that they may face in society."
are not well informed about the school's work and the progress pupils
make. They have not challenged the school's leaders to make the
rapid improvements required." reports
Ofsted report continues: "Leaders' strategies to ensure that
disadvantaged pupils catch up quickly have not worked."
is inadequate, as evidenced by too many instances of low-level disruption
in classrooms and by the lack of pride many pupils show in their
attendance of pupils overall is too low, particularly for disadvantaged
pupils and those who have special educational needs. Leaders actions
to resolve these issues have not resulted in sufficient improvement."
quality of careers guidance in Years 7 to 11 is poor. Many pupils
do not have the knowledge or understanding to make informed choices
about their futures."
report also highlights several strengths. "The recent changes
to curriculum and teaching are beginning to make a positive impact
on the progress that pupils make in key stage 3."
adds that: "Students in the sixth form show good attitudes
towards their studies. The proportion of students who carry on to
undergraduate study is high."
previous inspection by Ofsted rated the school as 'good', demonstrating
that the inspectors believe there has been a decline in its overall
inspection was carried out between April 26-27 this year.
has invited the school to comment and the head teacher's comments