Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

School makes ‘positive progress’ following latest Ofsted inspection

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 April 2018

The King Alfred School.

The King Alfred School.


A Somerset school continues to make good progress after being told it was ‘inadequate’ by an education watchdog last year.

The King Alfred School, in Highbridge, was placed into special measures by Ofsted following an inspection in April 2017.

The school, in Burnham Road, was visited for a two-day section eight inspection last month where inspectors praised the ‘determined action’ being taken by the schools leaders and managers to get it removed from special measures.

Ofsted said there are clear routines in place to enable lessons to start in a calm and peaceful manor and there is additional support for teachers who were previously deemed poor.

It says: “Where teachers fail to improve, leaders take decisive action.

“This has raised expectations for teachers’ classroom practice and the impact it has on pupils’ outcomes.

“Most middle leaders have responded positively to being held more rigorously to account for the quality of teaching within their departments.

“They have implemented a more robust and effective system of monitoring the quality of teaching.”

The inspectors have now said the school must raise teachers’ expectations of pupils and ensure they assign tasks which are matched ‘to their needs’.

The report praised the ‘very positive attitudes’ of pupils at the school and said they spoke positively about the school’s approach to good mental health.

It adds: “They state bullying is rare but have a trusted adult they would speak to if they had any concerns.

“Attendance has risen slightly across the school.

“However, the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent from school, and of those who receive a fixed-term exclusion, is too high.”

Since October, the Highbridge school has been supported by The Priory Learning Trust.

Executive principal of the trust, Neville Coles, and headteacher Denise Hurr said are happy with the school’s progress.

They said: “We are very pleased Ofsted found improvement but we are not complacent.

“We look forward to welcoming the Ofsted team back towards the end of the summer term to see further improvements.

“King Alfred has the potential to become one of the very best schools in the region and we will be relentless towards achieving that aim.”

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:00

Residents at a Weston nursing home will don their best frocks and handmade crowns for a royal-themed open day.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Weston-super-Mare street artist JPS has been putting more of his work on the town centre’s walls this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:04

Police have confirmed a body has been found near Burnham-on-Sea in the search for missing man Dean Tate.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

The widow of a Weston man whose lungs failed after he caught a killer flu strain says she gave up her life to stay by his bedside during his illness.

Read more
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Damage to a historic wreck and a poor final day for a hockey team made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from April 19, 1968.

Read more
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Don’t miss our weekly round-up of readers’ pictures. Share your photos with us at

Read more
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hundreds of people visited Weston’s beaches over the weekend to take part in spring clean-ups.

Read more
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Obesity is on the rise in North Somerset with new figures revealing the district has the second-highest number of overweight adults in South West England.

Read more
Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Healthwatch report has found there has been ‘very little’ improvement in the experiences of stroke survivors discharged from hospital into community care services in North Somerset in the past two years.

Read more
Saturday, April 21, 2018

North Somerset libraries are looking for volunteers to take part in this year’s summer reading challenge.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder