Worle Community School is ‘inadequate’ – inspectors

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:20 02 June 2016

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Students do not feel safe at a Worle school, according to Government watchdog Ofsted, which has ordered it be put into ‘special measures’.

Worle Community School.Worle Community School.

A report by inspectors says Worle Community School is failing to provide an ‘acceptable standard of education’ for its pupils.

Ofsted says the school is ‘inadequate’ and the watchdog will continue to monitor its progress.

Inspectors said: “There is insufficient urgency to improve the quality of teaching in response to falling standards and variable teaching across different year groups and subjects.”

They also said governors had not evaluated the safeguarding processes in place at the school, and they had not effectively challenged the leadership.

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The report says: “The quality of teaching is too variable across the school and across subjects.

“In too many lessons, pupils do not make enough progress.

“Teachers frequently have difficulty settling pupils at the beginning of lessons, and some pupils’ poor attitudes to learning disrupt lessons and prevent others from making progress.”

The report also says pupils do not trust the school to handle bullying effectively, and they do not feel safe in areas dominated by groups of ‘confrontational boys’.

Binding was granted leave for ‘personal reasons’ five days after the inspection, and chair of governors David Elliott resigned shortly afterwards.

Priory Community School principal Neville Coles will lead on the school’s improvement from Monday, and Priory deputy principal Jacqui Scott will become Worle’s new head of school.

Sheila Smith, the director of people at communities at North Somerset Council, said: “Having received the Ofsted report and knowing the track record of PCSA, we are confident that the new management arrangements will drive rapid improvement.

“We will continue to work with Neville Coles and Jacqui Scott, school staff, parents and students to ensure that the school makes the progress required.”

* For more from the report, and Mr Coles’ plans for Worle, pick up a copy of the Weston Mercury today (Thursday).

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