School in Highbridge praised for improvement by OFSTED
inspectors have said Highbridge's King Alfred School is improving
and making good progress in a brand new report.
followed a two-day inspection at the school last month when they
found that leaders and managers at the Highbridge school are taking
"effective action" towards the removal of Special Measures.
says that clear routines have been established, enabling lessons
to start in a calm and purposeful manner, with good student conduct
in school and classes.
say that students show very positive attitudes to their learning
while teachers engage them fully and challenge them sufficiently,
with most taking pride in their work and presentation.
addition they wrote that "leaders have taken determined action
to tackle underperforming teachers," alongside a long list
of improvements across the school.
report adds that students feel safe in school and speak positively
about the school's approach to helping them understand how to maintain
good mental health.
the visit, four inspectors visited more than 50 lessons to monitor
the quality of learning and the expectations put on students in
October, King Alfred School has been assisted by The Priory Learning
Trust (TPLT), who are fully supporting the school to put in place
measures to improve its outcomes and the school is now on course
for strong GCSE results this year.
Principal of TPLT, Neville Coles, and Headteacher Denise Hurr issued
a joint statement to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are very pleased
that OFSTED found improvement but we are not complacent."
look forward to welcoming the OFSTED team back towards the end of
the summer term to see further improvements. King Alfred School
has the potential to become one of the very best schools in the
region and we will be relentless towards achieving that aim."
Priory Learning Trust leads the nearby Priory Community School Academy
and Worle Community School Academy, and have a good track record
in school improvement.
the OFSTED visit. inspectors observed the school's work, scrutinised
documents and met with the Executive Principal of TPLT, the Headteacher,
senior and middle leaders, groups of pupils and representatives
of the Interim Executive Board.
conducted visits to lessons to observe learning, scrutinise the
quality of work in pupils books and to look at pupils
behaviour and attitudes to their learning.
report found that very clear processes and procedures have been
put in place to provide swift support for teachers whose teaching
is deemed to be poor.
said that where teachers fail to improve, leaders take decisive
action which has raised expectations for teachers classroom
practice and the impact it has on pupils outcomes.
OFSTED team also met with members of the Interim Executive Board
(IEB) who have taken over the Governance role at the school.
stated: "The school and the Trust have quickly gained an accurate
view of the schools weaknesses and understand their responsibility,
and the need, to bring about rapid improvement."