King Alfred School praised for improvements by Ofsted
King Alfred School has been praised for its progress following a
new Ofsted inspection monitoring visit - and identified areas that
require further improvement.
in the year, we
reported here that the school had been rated as 'inadequate'
by Ofsted in five areas, with one area rated as 'requiring improvement',
placing it into 'special measures'.
it has just been re-assessed again by Ofsted's inspectors who say
they are seeing improvements with mixed feedback.
the report says "leaders and managers are not taking effective
action towards the removal of special measures."
adds: "senior leaders, middle leaders and governors have done
too little to improve the quality of teaching across the school.
Seven months after the school was placed into special measures,
the quality of teaching remains too inconsistent and too much is
of a poor quality. As a result, pupils make insufficient progress
in their learning."
Ofsted acknowledges that "the local authority's statement of
action is fit for purpose and the school's development plan is fit
for purpose." It also praised behaviour and conduct.
spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was very pleasing
to see that the inspection team recognised that behaviour and conduct
at The King Alfred School has improved significantly since April."
now note that pupils work well on their own and with their peers.
Safeguarding is strong and pupils are safe. Well done to all involved
for this improved picture."
also recognised that the Schools Development Plan is a comprehensive
document that sets out clearly the actions to be taken and the intended
impact, and that headteacher Denise Hurr has a very strong understanding
of the strengths and weaknesses of the school."
would not be normal on a first monitoring visit to see the school
removed from Special Measures as this is mostly done
over a two year period."
have now been given a structured approach to teaching and learning
that follows the clear approach adopted by The Priory Learning Trust
at King Alfred School are now very clear about the quality of teaching
expected and the schools leaders are also clear on the standards
expected along with the monitoring required. It is now about being
consistent in all that we do in every lesson, within each department
and that we work as one team."
recognise the school will benefit from the support of parents and
carers and we are pleased to see evidence of such strong support
from many of you already."
can assure you that all students who are not making sufficient progress
are now being given a high priority."
and middle leaders are being rigorously held to account and we are
certain better outcomes will follow this summer."
remains a lot of work to do and many changes have been made to the
site and the environment already, which is now bearing fruit. However,
the focus will continue to be on good teaching in every lesson with
a clear emphasis on the exemplary behaviour of our students."
Denise Hurr told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We welcome the comments
from Ofsted. It's nice to see the positive improvements acknowleged
from an independent perspective. There
is lots of work continuing and good progres is being made - we are
on track to take the school out of special measures."
who want to discuss the latest Ofsted findings with the school team
will be able to do so at a meeting of parents and carers at 6.30pm
on Wednesday, 6th December in the School Hall.
meeting will also give the school's staff the opportunity to reassure
parents of the actions that are being taken to improve all outcomes.