Highbridge school slammed as inadequate by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 June 2017

King Alfred School

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A Highbridge school has been branded inadequate following its latest Ofsted inspection.

King Alfred School, in Burnham Road, was given the rating after inspectors criticised its ‘poor’ GCSE results, ‘consistently low’ pupil attendance and the lack of ‘rapid action’ taken by school leaders and governors to improve under-performing pupils.

The report, published last week, rated the school as inadequate in every key area, although its study programmes for sixth form students was judged to require improvement.

The report adds: “Leaders and governors have an overgenerous view of the school’s effectiveness, including the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

“They do not have robust monitoring systems to evaluate their actions. In turn, the governing body is not well placed to challenge or support school leaders.

“The leadership of provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is not good enough.

“Governors do not provide sufficient challenge to the school’s leaders. As a consequence, standards have remained too low for too long.”

The quality of teaching was also described as ‘variable’ while ‘too many pupils do not take pride in the quality of their work, their appearance or their conduct.’

Headteacher Denise Hurr has vowed the school will ‘pull together’ to make the improvements needed, with recent changes made to teaching and the curriculum praised by Ofsted.

The Clevedon Learning Trust has also been enlisted to help deliver the improvements needed.

Mrs Hurr said: “I’m sure everyone involved with the school will be disappointed.

“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.

“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.”

A Somerset County Council spokesman added: “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 direction.”

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