Ofsted: ‘Inadequate’ school in special measures needs more work

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 06 December 2017

The King Alfred School

The King Alfred School

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A Somerset school which was rated as ‘inadequate’ by an education watchdog and placed under special measures has done ‘too little’ to improve.

The King Alfred School in Highbridge was slammed by Ofsted in April for its poor results, inadequate behaviour of students and low attendance.

The government-led inspectorate returned to the school for a monitoring inspection after the school was placed in special measures and found it to have improved in one area but said more needed to be done.

The April inspection called on the school to take urgent action to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessments but the recent visit in November found it has not achieved this.

The report says: “Too much teaching fails to promote good progress for pupils. Teachers’ expectations of what pupils are able to achieve are too low.

“Assessment information is not used well enough to determine what pupils know, can do and understand and to plan learning which is appropriate to pupils’ abilities.

“The quality of work pupils produce and their presentation is not challenged sufficiently by teachers when they are poor.”

However, the inspector praised the improvements made to pupils’ personal development and behaviour.

They said: “Pupils’ conduct in lessons and around the school site at social times has improved significantly since the previous inspection.

“When teachers capture 
pupils’ interests they respond positively and engage well in their learning. Pupils generally work well on their own and with their peers.”

The school is being run by Somerset County Council but took advice from The Clevedon Learning Trust from April to September.

The Priory Learning Trust, which is a Worle-based multi-academy trust which operates Priory and Worle Community schools, has been offering advice and guidance to the school and may be a potential new sponsor.

Headteacher Denise Hurr said the Ofsted report saw some ‘positive developments’ for the school.

She added: “We are hard at work to take the school out of special measures and good progress is being made to achieve this.”

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