Gomersal school gets low mark from inspectors

Gomersal school gets low mark from inspectors

A SCHOOL rocked by a scandal involving its former headteacher has been criticised by inspectors.

David Warbrick, 51, was suspended from Gomersal Primary last year after he admitted offences involving two 11-year-old girls.

He did not return to the Oxford Road school and is due to be sentenced on Monday, June 13.

Ofsted found “instability in leadership and management” since their last visit has led to a decline in performance.

The school, rated good when last inspected in 2011, was judged as “requires improvement”.

In their report, inspectors wrote: “Uncertainty and instability in leadership and management since the last inspection has had a negative effect on the school’s performance. Improvement planning has been tentative, lacking decisiveness and direction.”

Former head Warbrick contacted his two victims, who are both from Derbyshire, through Facebook.

He then invited them to have a webcam chat where he asked them to take their clothes off.

The school, which has 421 pupils, is now under the leadership of headteacher Melanie Cox.

Ofsted wrote: “... more recently, senior leaders are focusing on the correct priorities, recognising and tackling core issues head-on.”

But improvement is not coming fast enough for the five-strong inspection team led by Fiona Manuel.

“This is because they do not revisit or check with sufficient depth the extent to which key messages are being adopted by all staff and are actively influencing improvement,” the report added.

“Expectations about what pupils can and do achieve, therefore, remain too low or at odds with leaders’ views...”

But the basics are in place and the report states: “Teachers and other adults ensure that the learning environments are highly stimulating.

“Classrooms and shared areas are bright, rich sources for numeracy, literacy and support learning.

“This dedication to creating a stimulating work space contributes well to pupils’ excitement about learning and their positive attitudes to education.”


Primary set for ‘good’ rating thanks to head

A NEW headteacher was praised for having “wasted no time” in tackling the problems at his school.

Howard Park Community School, on St Peg Lane, Cleckheaton, was found to need improvement last July.

In a report out last week, Ofsted found the primary is now on course to be a ‘good’ school.

Headteacher Marcus Newby was singled out as a key influence in raising standards for pupils.

Inspector Suzanne Lithgow wrote: “You wasted no time when you started as headteacher.

“You responded very quickly to the areas which needed to improve and prioritised them correctly.

“This resulted in detailed action plans which focus on the areas which were identified at the previous inspection.

“It is very clear that you demonstrate a determination to raise standards quickly at Howard Park.”

Other senior staff, encouraged by Mr Newby, are driving improvements to pupil attainment.

In particular, reading and writing is getting better thanks to a new marking system.

The report added: “You have established a strong sense of purpose within your leadership team.

“It is clear that most of them share your determination and drive and that they have the necessary skills.”

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