Ribble Valley school criticised as inspectors return

Lancashire Telegraph: Ribble Valley school criticised as inspectors return Ribble Valley school criticised as inspectors return

A RIBBLE Valley high school has been criticised by Ofsted after not improving enough when told it required improvement following its last inspection.

St Cecilia’s RC High School in Longridge was inspected in October and was told that the quality of teaching was not good enough, triggering a further inspection at the end of last month.

The previous inspection also found that the proportion of students leaving school with five good GCSE qualifications, including English and mathematics, ‘is not as high as it should be’.

The visit, which was carried out under section eight of the Education Act 2005, found that ‘senior leaders, governors and the local authority are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement’.

The report said that the school ‘should take immediate action’ to ensure all staff follow correct procedures for accurately recording attendance and set challenging targets.

It also said that it should ‘eradicate inadequate teaching and ensure that the progress of all groups is monitored robustly’.

During the visit Ofsted inspectors held meetings with Stephen Tattersall, the head teacher, senior leaders, students and representatives of the governing body.

The report said: “Since the section five inspection, you have put together a school improvement plan and a calendar of monitoring activities including looking at the quality of students’ work in their books.

“The school improvement plan covers all the key areas for imp-rovement. However, you do not state clearly what the expected impact is on students’ progress.

“Governors do not have a good enough understanding of the extent to which different groups of students make progress in their learning or the impact of the pupil premium in raising achievement.”

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2:53am Sat 4 Jan 14

fritz4floss says...

Various complaints have been registered with this school in the last 2/3 years, a school which does not follow its own policies , county policies and Dept of Education policies. I know this because l have complained and had to take my complaint to the Dept of Education. Governors who resigned were more highly qualified than the remaining governing body. One of the governors was an Ofsted inspector and educational consultant he resigned because of the mismanagement of the school and the failure to meet educational needs. A very smart man I think! Another governor resigned because of the mishandling of a serious complaint regarding an injury to a pupil. The Ofsted report lays a lot of blame on teachers which I feel is wrong good teaching comes from good leadership of which this school is lacking as the Ofsted report states. This has been a good school but has declined over the years. Mrs Sharon Smith.
Various complaints have been registered with this school in the last 2/3 years, a school which does not follow its own policies , county policies and Dept of Education policies. I know this because l have complained and had to take my complaint to the Dept of Education. Governors who resigned were more highly qualified than the remaining governing body. One of the governors was an Ofsted inspector and educational consultant he resigned because of the mismanagement of the school and the failure to meet educational needs. A very smart man I think! Another governor resigned because of the mishandling of a serious complaint regarding an injury to a pupil. The Ofsted report lays a lot of blame on teachers which I feel is wrong good teaching comes from good leadership of which this school is lacking as the Ofsted report states. This has been a good school but has declined over the years. Mrs Sharon Smith. fritz4floss

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