School claims Ofsted report ‘harshly written’

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A headteacher has described her school’s latest Ofsted report as ‘harshly written’.

Broad Oak Primary, in Scotsford Road, was told it ‘requires improvement’ following a two-day inspection in January.

The findings of inspector Clive Close were published on Tuesday (February 23).

Mr Close labelled teaching at Broad Oak ‘not consistently good’ and said opportunities had been missed to ensure pupils made the good progress expected. After observing four lessons, he said in some, pupils were unclear of exactly what they were learning and why, which led to a loss of focus.

Executive headteacher Shirley Frankis said: “The general content of the report did not contain any surprises for us and cites areas for improvement that we had already identified and were already working on.

“We feel that the report was very harshly written; especially with regard to personal development and welfare which the inspector acknowledges is a strength but still is judged to be ‘requiring improvement’ as overall attendance was low.”

In the section covering that development, Mr Close’s report described pupils as “confident and well mannered” and the youngsters themselves said they felt safe at school.

Their behaviour, though, was labelled as ‘requires improvement’.

Mr Close said: “Pupils also told me that sometimes behaviour in classrooms disrupts their learning. School leaders confirmed that pupils need to take more responsibility for their learning and behaviour.”

Mr Close called school leaders’ evaluation of themselves “over-generous” and said they did not focus enough on those areas that needed improving.

Among the areas highlighted for improvement were the need to ensure teachers had consistently high expectations of the progress pupils could make, ensure the quality of teachers’ questioning consistently challenged pupils, and ensure teachers did not tolerate “passive attitudes to learning” or low-level poor behaviour from pupils.

Mrs Frankis said: “We do accept the points for further improvement and will work hard to ensure that the school returns to a ‘good’ judgement very soon.”

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