Ofsted puts Telscombe Cliffs School into special measures

Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School
Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School

Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School has been put into special measures to make ‘rapid improvement’ following an Ofsted inspection.

The Telscombe Cliffs Way school and the county council have put together an action plan since the October visit they said would ensure standards were monitored and improved.

Inspectors raised concerns about standards in writing and maths, the overall quality of teaching, weaknesses in leadership and management across the school and a lack of clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses at the school by the governing body.

Gill Webb, headteacher said: “I am very disappointed with this report and we know this presents us with significant challenges.

“However, I do know we are well placed to address these weaknesses.”

The governing body said it was ‘naturally disappointed in the outcome of the recent inspection’.

“We do, however, see this as a great opportunity to build on our current strengths, address our weaknesses and move our school forwards,” a spokesperson said.

“We would like to acknowledge our hard working, loyal and committed staff and we look forward to working with our staff, parents and, most importantly, our children to secure positive future outcomes for Telscombe Cliffs.

“Ofsted acknowledged the commitment and hard work of all the staff.

“All staff are committed to providing successful outcomes for its pupils and intend to bring about improvement very swiftly.

“We will be meeting with parents to give them more information about the improvement plan.”

Ofsted also reported several positive aspects of the school’s performance.

Pupils’ behaviour was reported as being good and inspectors said pupils particularly enjoyed lessons when teachers made links between subjects.

Ofsted also praised the good attention that the primary school provides to pupils’ welfare.

Pupils confirmed they felt safe and thatattendance was above average.

Education watchdog Ofsted grades schools on a sliding four point scale, where outstanding is the best, followed by good, satisfactory and inadequate.