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Ribble Valley school criticised as inspectors return
3:12pm Monday 30th December 2013 in News
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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