School brands Ofsted judgment "unfair"

A primary school told by school inspectors it required improvement is fighting against the judgment.

Ofsted found Broadwas CE Primary School required improvement in all areas except the behaviour and safety of pupils.

However, the school said its 2013 results put it in the top eight primary schools in Worcestershire.

A formal complaint has been lodged with Ofsted, which had previously judged the school to be outstanding.

Headteacher, Mark Allen, said, ‘We are extremely disappointed with the judgment made by the inspector and feel the report presents a very unfair reflection of our school.

"We are, of course, aware there are areas for development in our school and we work hard to continually improve our practice.

"However, there are aspects of the inspection process and the report that are inaccurate and in conflict with Ofsted’s own guidance documents for its inspectors."

The report by inspector Sandra Hayes, after an inspection in February, said the children's achievement required improvement.

She felt higher ability pupils did not progress enough in maths and too few middle ability pupils did well enough in writing.

The Early Years Foundation stage was praised but the inspector said progress in Year 2 in 2013 was then too slow leading to below average attainment.

Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs made good progress and all pupils did well in reading.

The report said teaching required improvement in years 1 to 6 because teachers did not have high enough expectations of pupils especially in maths and writing.

The inspector felt the headteacher's judgment on the quality of teaching was too generous and based too much on lesson observation rather than the children's work.

She also said some teachers were given pay rises not linked to pupil achievements.

The children's behaviour was good and the school successfully promoted caring values.

Overall rates of attendance were above average.

The report said leadership required improvement because leaders, including governors, were not ambitious enough for pupils’ attainment.

It said headteacher Mark Allen had too many responsibilities leaving him unable to keep a close enough check on the quality of teaching in all classes.

However, staff were "overwhelmingly positive" about his leadership and parents valued the school.

In response, the school said its SATs results were above the county and national average.

Last year, all 15 Year 6 pupils achieved level 4 in reading and 93 per cent reached level 4 in writing and maths.

All children made at least two levels of progress between Key Stage 1 and 2 - a key government measure.

Caroline Smith, chairman of the governing body, said: "Governors feel that no account has been taken of the school’s many strengths and excellent achievements."

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11:22am Fri 14 Mar 14

Hwicce says...

They'd be better off putting their efforts into the areas they are seen as lacking in rather than wasting their time complaining about it.
They'd be better off putting their efforts into the areas they are seen as lacking in rather than wasting their time complaining about it. Hwicce
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3:29pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Robot 3021 says...

Hwicce wrote:
They'd be better off putting their efforts into the areas they are seen as lacking in rather than wasting their time complaining about it.
"We are, of course, aware there are areas for development in our school and we work hard to continually improve our practice.

"However, there are aspects of the inspection process and the report that are inaccurate and in conflict with Ofsted’s own guidance documents for its inspectors."


Do people even read the actual story these days, or just glance at the headline and charge right on in there with their knee jerking merrily away?

I'd rather have a head and a school questioning things they don't agree with, rather than blindly jumping through hoops to gain approval, which would be to the detriment of both the school and the children.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: They'd be better off putting their efforts into the areas they are seen as lacking in rather than wasting their time complaining about it.[/p][/quote]"We are, of course, aware there are areas for development in our school and we work hard to continually improve our practice. "However, there are aspects of the inspection process and the report that are inaccurate and in conflict with Ofsted’s own guidance documents for its inspectors." Do people even read the actual story these days, or just glance at the headline and charge right on in there with their knee jerking merrily away? I'd rather have a head and a school questioning things they don't agree with, rather than blindly jumping through hoops to gain approval, which would be to the detriment of both the school and the children. Robot 3021
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6:25pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Old Uncle says...

Too much reliance on passing tests rather than providing a well rounded education.
Too much reliance on passing tests rather than providing a well rounded education. Old Uncle
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1:36pm Sat 15 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

Too much emphasis on being like stupid, facile, puerile CELEBrities / BRATTIES than intellect, maths, computer programming / system design... Arts over Technical Drawing.. Lounging over Sport (including 'alternative sports' that are near enough the mainstream now)... Not enough hours of work yet not enough REST either...

A cynic would say Polish should be taught alongside English from day one to give modern kids a chance in the work place...!

The balance needs to change and Dracon out of term School Holiday Nanny State rules must be changed to allow 5 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OFF per year (at least?) OUTSIDE TERM TIME...
Too much emphasis on being like stupid, facile, puerile CELEBrities / BRATTIES than intellect, maths, computer programming / system design... Arts over Technical Drawing.. Lounging over Sport (including 'alternative sports' that are near enough the mainstream now)... Not enough hours of work yet not enough REST either... A cynic would say Polish should be taught alongside English from day one to give modern kids a chance in the work place...! The balance needs to change and Dracon out of term School Holiday Nanny State rules must be changed to allow 5 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OFF per year (at least?) OUTSIDE TERM TIME... PrivateSi
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10:53am Mon 17 Mar 14

Smashie68 says...

I've been involved with two schools which have had negative Ofsted inspections. Both went to appeal which was a complete waste of time and effort. The first was merely a case of the local authority covering themselves for a lack of intervention action. The second was a school whose self evaluation processes failed to measure progress (they did measure attainment) . Rather than focus on improvement the governors spent weeks in denial and they were ultimately replaced by an Interim Executive Board.

I also see the WN are running a story on "Ofsted shake-up urged". Having read the Broadwas inspection report I see it was carried out by one of Ofsted's own HMIs. In both cases I witnessed first hand, the Inspector had to refer the decision (and evidence) to a senior HMI colleague. Any claimed breaches of guidelines may be true, but the results remain the same. The school is judged to require improvement and the sooner that process begins, the better.
I see mathematics was highlighted in the report which is unusual (per national trend data) when there is such a high percentage of boys.
As for the "head and a school questioning" perhaps this is after the horse has bolted and rigorous questioning of progress by leaders and governors earlier would have at least identified the issues Ofsted unearthed?
I've been involved with two schools which have had negative Ofsted inspections. Both went to appeal which was a complete waste of time and effort. The first was merely a case of the local authority covering themselves for a lack of intervention action. The second was a school whose self evaluation processes failed to measure progress (they did measure attainment) . Rather than focus on improvement the governors spent weeks in denial and they were ultimately replaced by an Interim Executive Board. I also see the WN are running a story on "Ofsted shake-up urged". Having read the Broadwas inspection report I see it was carried out by one of Ofsted's own HMIs. In both cases I witnessed first hand, the Inspector had to refer the decision (and evidence) to a senior HMI colleague. Any claimed breaches of guidelines may be true, but the results remain the same. The school is judged to require improvement and the sooner that process begins, the better. I see mathematics was highlighted in the report which is unusual (per national trend data) when there is such a high percentage of boys. As for the "head and a school questioning" perhaps this is after the horse has bolted and rigorous questioning of progress by leaders and governors earlier would have at least identified the issues Ofsted unearthed? Smashie68
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