Crowborough school in special measures

Jarvis Brook School
Jarvis Brook School

A Crowborough school has been placed into special measures after an Ofsted inspection in November.

Jarvis Brook Primary School received an ‘inadequate’ rating in three of five judging criteria and the other two ‘need improvement’.

In this week’s report, lead inspector Margaret Coussins said the school must ‘rapidly improve the quality of teaching’ and children were ‘underachieving’.

A county council spokesman said: “We recognise the concern this will cause to parents and the wider school community. We are working with the school to develop and implement an improvement plan which will enable this to happen swiftly.”

Inspectors said standards in reading, writing and maths are below average by the end of years two and six. Too often pupils are not clear about what they should be doing in lessons or the purpose of their learning and the quality of teaching basic literacy and numeracy skills is inconsistent. They say leadership and management have limited capacity for further improvement because they rely on external support and the lack of a permanent teaching force hampers the rate of improvement.

Ms Coussins said: “Parents have little confidence in the school’s leadership but letters from parents and comments in discussions show they appreciate the school’s recent efforts to improve the communication between home and school.”

A school spokesman said: “Staff and leaders have pledged to work together to ensure rapid improvement in pupil outcomes and teaching standards. Ofsted agrees the school has strengths: Children behave well in the school and the playground. They are friendly, polite and respectful, well cared for and feel happy and safe. There are strengths in teaching and the school uses additional funding effectively to ensure disadvantaged children do well. Ofsted also recognise deputy headteachers and governors have been successful in improving staff teamwork and raising morale providing good role models for promoting courtesy and respect.”