School hits back as Ofsted gives it poorest rating

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25 Apr 2012

A VILLAGE school has made an official complaint after Ofsted branded it "inadequate".

Bapchild and Tonge School Primary School was given the lowest possible rating following a two-day inspection in February.

The report by lead inspector Eileen Chadwick included a "notice to improve", specifically its leadership and management.

But head teacher Teresa Roman said the school disputes the findings.

She said: "The school has written a formal complaint about the inspection process. That complaint has been written with the full support of the governing body and local authority.

"We have considerable reservations about the outcome and conduct of the inspection. We are hoping they will change the outcome."

Staff had two days' notice before two inspectors visited on February 8 and 9. They sat in on 17 lessons, reviewed parent, pupil and staff responses to questionnaires and looked at documents such as the school's improvement plan.

The achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils were deemed "satisfactory" and the standard of education was described as "acceptable".

But the report said more needed to he done to improve pupils' reading, writing and mathematics, with insufficient "good or better" teaching to raise achievement rapidly.

Concern

Leadership and management came in for the greatest criticism, including the school's governing body.

The report concluded: "Inconsistencies in teaching identified at the previous inspection have not been tackled effectively. Consequently, school improvement is inadequate.

"Although leaders carefully

assess pupils' progress and use a range of intervention programmes, they do not take enough measures to help teachers improve the quality of their teaching. Governors do not adequately monitor the impact of initiatives on improving achievement. The school does not demonstrate the capacity to improve."

Last year, just 5% of primary schools inspected were deemed to be inadequate.

Mrs Homan admitted there had been a dip in pupils' results but said it followed two years of significant improvement, which was not reflected in the report. She also disagreed with the assessment of leadership and management.

She said parents' reaction had been mixed, with equal measures of concern and support. "We are planning a meeting to let parents know what the next steps are in the near future," she said.

An Ofsted spokesman declined to comment until the complaint had been dealt with.

This article was first published in the Sittingbourne News Extra


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