Sacred Heart RC School in Blackburn 'requires improvement'

Lancashire Telegraph: Sacred Heart RC School in Blackburn Sacred Heart RC School in Blackburn

A SCHOOL has been told it ‘requires improvement’ after having to rely on new teachers and those on supply contracts.

Ofsted said Sacred Heart RC School in Blackburn had seen ‘continual disruption’ with staff, causing slow progress with pupils’ writing standards. The NUT said fears over its potential closure caused problems with retaining experienced and permanent staff.

The Corporation Park school had been viewed as likely to close on the opening nearby of the Olive Islamic School, which will have places for more than 600 pupils. The ‘requires improvement’ rating was given to the Lynwood Road school, which had previously been rated as good.

Lead inspector Rebecca Lawton said the background to the report was the school’s ‘uncertain future’.

She said: “At the time of the inspection, a significant number of staff were recent new appointments to the school, a third were new to teaching and some were supply teachers on fixed-term contracts.” Inspectors also found that pupils’ skills in writing were not improving quickly enough to reach national expectations.

However the school was praised for improving reading skills and overseeing ‘particularly good progress’ in reception class.

Ms Lawton added: “Senior leaders have an accurate view of the school’s performance and know what needs to be done.

“They are working hard to minimise disruptions for pupils.”

Blackburn secretary for the NUT Simon Jones said: “This is the predictable result of the free schools’ policy which takes no account of the places already provided for pupils. We have said all along that it destabilises existing schools. In a situation like this, how can schools retain good staff?”

Humma Ahmed, head-teacher of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, said: “The Ofsted report highlighted the significant improvements in our pupil’s reading skills and the ‘flying start’ the children get in the early years stage.

“We are working hard to improve attainment.”

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4:08pm Tue 14 Jan 14

wallbearer says...

More Islamic schools opening in Blackburn.
God help us.
More Islamic schools opening in Blackburn. God help us. wallbearer

4:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

onsidecobra says...

Olive Islamic School for more than 600 pupils? Where will that be built?
Olive Islamic School for more than 600 pupils? Where will that be built? onsidecobra

5:11pm Tue 14 Jan 14

charmed-one says...

As a 'Catholic' school, there is no mention of religion apart from in the RE Subject paragraph. No mention of God or religion in the mission statement!! It should not be called a Roman Catholic School and I sincerely hope the Diocese is no longer providing funding.
As a 'Catholic' school, there is no mention of religion apart from in the RE Subject paragraph. No mention of God or religion in the mission statement!! It should not be called a Roman Catholic School and I sincerely hope the Diocese is no longer providing funding. charmed-one

5:46pm Tue 14 Jan 14

HenningBerg-er says...

This story is about the poor standard of education found evident at Sacred Heart by OFSTED. The school, and those associated with it, must accept responsibility of it's failures and work hard together to improve rather quickly.

If this school continues to let the children of Blackburn down, then let it close and allow the students to attain the education they deserve elsewhere.
This story is about the poor standard of education found evident at Sacred Heart by OFSTED. The school, and those associated with it, must accept responsibility of it's failures and work hard together to improve rather quickly. If this school continues to let the children of Blackburn down, then let it close and allow the students to attain the education they deserve elsewhere. HenningBerg-er

7:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

sen c b l says...

wallbearer wrote:
More Islamic schools opening in Blackburn.
God help us.
Since when do Atheists believe in God?!
[quote][p][bold]wallbearer[/bold] wrote: More Islamic schools opening in Blackburn. God help us.[/p][/quote]Since when do Atheists believe in God?! sen c b l

7:04am Wed 15 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

wallbearer wrote:
More Islamic schools opening in Blackburn.
God help us.
It was the predictable consequence of the government's free school policy. Anyone can open a school and the Council has no say in the matter.

It was obvious beforehand that this policy would lead to religious groups (including Muslims) setting up new schools to peddle their particular faith to the kids in the community. And so it came to pass.
[quote][p][bold]wallbearer[/bold] wrote: More Islamic schools opening in Blackburn. God help us.[/p][/quote]It was the predictable consequence of the government's free school policy. Anyone can open a school and the Council has no say in the matter. It was obvious beforehand that this policy would lead to religious groups (including Muslims) setting up new schools to peddle their particular faith to the kids in the community. And so it came to pass. Excluded again

9:43am Wed 15 Jan 14

woolywords says...

It is sad to read than an RC school is in such distress, as once over, Catholic schools set the standards in education that the others often fail to meet.
Personally, I wish the staff and governors all the best in resolving the problems that are patently destabilising the schools future. Everything must be done to ensure that the staff have a clear understanding of where that future lays, so that pupil education does not suffer.
It is sad to read than an RC school is in such distress, as once over, Catholic schools set the standards in education that the others often fail to meet. Personally, I wish the staff and governors all the best in resolving the problems that are patently destabilising the schools future. Everything must be done to ensure that the staff have a clear understanding of where that future lays, so that pupil education does not suffer. woolywords

11:23am Wed 15 Jan 14

ladysal says...

charmed-one wrote:
As a 'Catholic' school, there is no mention of religion apart from in the RE Subject paragraph. No mention of God or religion in the mission statement!! It should not be called a Roman Catholic School and I sincerely hope the Diocese is no longer providing funding.
Referring to this school as "Catholic" really annoys me. As a parish, we were informed over four years ago that the Diocese was handing this school over to the council. As far as I was aware, it is no longer, and hasn't been for a while, a Catholic School. It certainly doesn't have a Christian pupil population.
[quote][p][bold]charmed-one[/bold] wrote: As a 'Catholic' school, there is no mention of religion apart from in the RE Subject paragraph. No mention of God or religion in the mission statement!! It should not be called a Roman Catholic School and I sincerely hope the Diocese is no longer providing funding.[/p][/quote]Referring to this school as "Catholic" really annoys me. As a parish, we were informed over four years ago that the Diocese was handing this school over to the council. As far as I was aware, it is no longer, and hasn't been for a while, a Catholic School. It certainly doesn't have a Christian pupil population. ladysal

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