Academy staff tell Ofsted they felt ‘excluded’

Ore Village Primary Academy and Nursery. SUS-160323-115712001
Ore Village Primary Academy and Nursery. SUS-160323-115712001

A number of staff at the Ore Village Primary Academy, in Hastings, have told Ofsted inspectors they have felt ‘excluded’ over the past two years.

The academy, in Rye Road, which opened in September 2013, has been rated ‘requires improvement’ following a two-day inspection.

In her report, inspector Abigail Birch said frequent changes to the school’s leadership – such as the resignation of head teacher Ian McRae in March – had led to ‘ineffectual performance management’ while expectations had not been effectively communicated to staff, leaving some of them feeling excluded.

In addition, teaching at the academy was described as ‘not yet consistently good’, meaning not enough pupils were making good progress.

Ms Birch complemented the work carried out by co-head teachers Rhiannon Price and Neil McDonough over the past two months to address both issues, stating they had ‘recognised the need to make rapid improvements to the quality of teaching so that pupils make greater progress in all subjects’. She added: “The school’s recent focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning in reading has paid dividends.”

Communication with staff had also improved and Ms Birch said: “Teachers are deeply aware that they are responsible for the progress pupils make in reading, writing and mathematics.”

Ore Village is part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), which was seen to be holding leaders to account while providing additional training. Ms Birch listed a number of areas which needed to be addressed if the academy was to improve. They included continuing to improve the quality of teaching and improving the quality of leadership and early years provision.

The academy was approached for comment but had not responded when the Observer went to press.

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