Broadoak college told to improve by Ofsted inspectors

PUBLISHED: 09:58 10 January 2018

New headteacher Kathleen McGillcuddy and chair of governors Sue Marshall with some pupils at Broadoak.

New headteacher Kathleen McGillcuddy and chair of governors Sue Marshall with some pupils at Broadoak.


A secondary school in Weston has been told it requires improvement in all areas by Ofsted inspectors.

In a report by the education watchdog, the leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for pupils at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College all ‘require improvement’.

Inspectors noted ‘many pupils have not made the progress they should’, GCSE outcomes have been below the national average for some time and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment ‘is not good enough’.

Kathleen McGillycuddy took over as headteacher in September and has already made significant changes to improve standards at the school.

She said: “We want to reassure the community that Broadoak College is a fantastic school and while we recognise the overall judgement is disappointing, if you read the full report it’s incredibly positive.

“We accept we need to raise attainment and exam results but we want to reassure the community and parents it is a good college, making significant investments in classrooms and teachers to make sure students get the best outcomes.

“The findings of the recent Ofsted inspection are in line with our own evaluation of what we can do to improve overall standards at Broadoak.

“I’m heartened that inspectors commented on many positive aspects of our school community and recognised we have a comprehensive plan for improvements.

“In particular, inspectors noted disadvantaged children are catching up with their peers, we have an exciting range of extra-curricular activities, students feel safe and are safeguarded at school and they were found to be polite, courteous and respectful.

“Parts of our improvement plan, such as tackling poor attendance, were recognised by inspectors as already having an impact and over the coming months we will be using a new attendance monitoring system to increase these gains.

“While I appreciate the overall judgement may be disappointing for the school community, I’m confident we will work together to bring about improved teaching and learning for Broadoak students.”

Sue Marshall has been appointed as chair of governors as part of the improvement plan.

She said: “I am thrilled to have taken over as chair of governors at Broadoak and, whilst the Ofsted judgement was disappointing, I have been greatly impressed by the systems that our new headteacher, Kathleen McGillycuddy, has already put in place to bring about improvements.

“It was pleasing also that inspectors recognised that these changes are already moving the school in the right direction.

“Governors are looking forward to working with an external reviewer to help improve our effectiveness.

“Kathleen has already shared her vision for Broadoak with governors and I see exciting times ahead for the school as it involves the whole community in bringing about the changes necessary to raise standards.”

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