Failing school put in special measures

All Saints School, Githa Road, Hastings. 22/5/12
All Saints School, Githa Road, Hastings. 22/5/12

A PRIMARY school has been placed in special measures after an OFSTED inspection found it was failing pupils with inadequate leadership and low standards.

Inspectors went into All Saints C of E Junior School in Githa Road in March to carry out their work.

They gave the overall effectiveness of the school the lowest rating of level four.

Level one is outstanding, level two is good, level three is satisfactory while level four is inadequate.

The overall effectiveness was broken down into four categories; achievement of pupils was given a level four grade, quality of teaching was level four, behaviour and safety of pupils was level three and leadership and management level four.

The school will now work with the county council, OFSTED and the board of governors to address the issues and make the necessary improvements.

Among the key findings, inspectors stated school leaders and managers did not set high enough standards for pupils and teachers to achieve.

The report stated attainment in mathematics had remained low since the previous inspection in 2009 and attainment in English had declined steadily over the last three years. The progress that pupils make during their time in the school has been below average in both English and Maths for the last two years.

Teachers judgement was also criticised as not being accurate enough.

Inadequate leadership has resulted in strategies for improving teaching being ineffective.

Headteacher Cecy Kemp had been absent from the school since January with acting headteacher Julia Bell taking control.

Miss Bell said: “Obviously we are very disappointed at the OFSTED result, because we have a dedicated team of teachers and support staff who work very hard for the school.

“Indeed, OFSTED commented after seeing an outstanding lesson that pupils had responded with enthusiasm, worked hard, and made good or better progress. The school had already begun to address the serious issues raised by OFSTED and we accept that our results are not as good as we would like, and that pupils could achieve more. My colleagues and I are absolutely committed to working with OFSTED, East Sussex County Council and our governors to ensure that standards do improve.”

A meeting with parents has been arranged to discuss with them what the school and Local Authority are doing to address the findings of the Inspection.

Vikki Climpson, chair of the Governing Body, added, “OFSTED reported that relationships between the school and parents and carers are positive, and responses to the inspection questionnaire indicate that they are very supportive of the school. We really appreciate that support, and know how important All Saints is to the local community.

“The Governing Body has already met to discuss the OFSTED feedback, and more importantly, what we can do to improve the results of our pupils. We will be working hard over the coming weeks and months to develop and implement an action plan to ensure that standards do improve.”