School pleads for more time after another inadequate report

School pleads for more time after another inadequate report

A DEWSBURY school says it needs more time to improve its fortunes after another damning report by education bosses.

St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy was given an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted – just 18 months after receiving the same feedback from its previous inspection.

But a spokesman for the Oxford Road school said the latest inspection “has not allowed enough time to show consistent progress across all year groups in the areas identified as needing improvement in 2017”.

An Ofsted report published last week said: “Leadership has been unsuccessful in addressing the areas at the previous inspection. Conseq-uently, the overall effectiveness of the school has declined. The capacity for improvement is not secure.”

It went on to say that “pupils’ progress is weak across a range of subjects” while “a significant minority of pupils show a lack of respect for adults and each other.”

Though Ofsted said there are high-quality safeguarding procedures in place and pupils at alternative provision are well cared for, the school must “rapidly improve the quality of teaching” and “urgently improve pupils’ personal development”, amongst other things.

A school spokesman said: “Research acknowledges that to turn round the fortunes of a high school takes more time than taken so far.

“Since the report in late 2017, the school’s new Trust Intervention Board has had assistance from an outstanding national leader of education who has supported the headteacher in moving the school forward.

“We have not been complacent and systems have been put in place and the groundwork completed.

“But as the report acknowledges, the magnitude of the task to improve the school was recognised and the board’s review of governance to support areas of leadership and management has had insufficient time to be fully embedded, but work continues with the support of all staff. 

“The most recent inspection just came several months too early for the positive changes to demonstrate their full impact.”

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