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Urgent plans in place to improve Clitheroe school's standards
9:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A secondary school has undergone a major overhaul after a damning Ofsted report in June.
Ribblesdale School was highlighted as ‘requiring improvement’ by the schools’ inspector after the last visit and has recently hosted a further monitoring inspection.
Since the report was published, seven teachers have left the school while new subject leaders have been appointed in English, maths and science, with four new teachers joining the staff.
The school’s improvement plan has been rewritten and the governing body’s committee structure has been changed to reflect the urgency of the school’s priority of raising standards.
A coaching programme has been launched that enables teachers to learn from each other’s practice in different subjects and a survey of pupils’ views has been carried out.
In the previous visit, inspectors found that the teaching at the Queens Road school was ‘not good enough’ and that it ‘leads to underachievement’.
It also said that the school’s achievement was weak in science and that it varies too much in other subjects such as maths.
The leaders of the school were criticised for having an ‘over-generous’ view of the quality of day-to-day teaching and its impact on achievement and the procedures for the management of behaviour and prevention of bullying were classed as ‘not effective enough’.
Ribblesdale headteacher Stephen Cox said: “The last report made everybody stop and focus more on how to do the best for the young people who attend this school.
“I had only been in the job for seven months by the time the inspection came around and there had not been enough time for me to make a big impact on the school at that point.
“But since then we have worked together to change things and the urgency in doing that increased after the report came back.
“It was disappointing to receive that rating but I will not stop until I make this school outstanding. A lot of the changes have bettered the school.”
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