Nuneaton News School’s ‘dip’ in per­for­mance sees Of­sted lower its rat­ing

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PUPILS at a Nuneaton school have not been mak­ing the progress they should, ac­cord­ing to the school’s most re­cent Of­sted re­port.

Hartshill School has dropped down a rat­ing from good to re­quires im­prove­ment af­ter what it has called a ‘dip’ in per­for­mance.

Fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion of the school, the govern­ment reg­u­la­tor has handed it the sec­ond low­est rat­ing in ev­ery cat­e­gory.

Find­ings in the re­port, which was pub­lished this month, in­cluded that chil­dren were not achiev­ing as well as they should be and the qual­ity of teach­ing was var­ied.

The re­port said: “In 2016, too many pupils did not make the progress they should from their start­ing points.

“Dis­ad­van­taged pupils un­der­achieved by the time they left the school.

“The gaps be­tween the at­tain­ment and progress of dis­ad­van­taged pupils and those of their peers in their ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults widened.”

In all cat­e­gories, which are ef­fec­tive­ness of lead­er­ship and man­age­ment, qual­ity of teach­ing, learn­ing and as­sess­ment, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, be­hav­iour and wel­fare and out­comes for pupils, the school was rated re­quires im­prove­ment.

The re­sults of ex­ams in 2016 were de­scribed in the re­port as “weak”.

It added: “The progress of the most able pupils re­quires im­prove­ment. Al­though th­ese pupils make good progress in English, too few pupils at­tain the high­est grades.

“Th­ese in­con­sis­ten­cies are also ev­i­dent in the achieve­ments of cur­rent pupils.

“The school is not yet pro­vid­ing th­ese pupils with the teach­ing that deep­ens their knowl­edge in all the sub­jects they study.”

In or­der to be rated good next time, the school has been told it needs to im­prove teach­ing, im­prove at­ten­dance and im­prove be­hav­iour around the school.

De­spite be­ing told that stan­dards had dropped since the last Of­sted in­spec­tion, the school was found to have a num­ber of strengths.

Th­ese in­cluded praise of the newly-ap­pointed prin­ci­pal, good achieve­ments in English, and good care for pupils’ per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and well­be­ing as a re­sult of the staff know­ing the chil­dren well.

Of­sted also noted that school lead­ers had ac­cu­rately iden­ti­fied ar­eas that needed to im­prove and were act­ing to tackle them,

Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the re­port, a state­ment was pub­lished on the school’s web­site up­dat­ing par­ents.

The school said they all know there is room for im­prove­ment but was pleased the in­spec­tor no­ticed that work was on­go­ing to ad­dress weak ar­eas.

In the school’s mes­sage to par­ents, Prin­ci­pal Michelle Oliphant added: “I am con­fi­dent, as were in­spec­tors that Hartshill School will re­ceive a “Good” judge­ment within the next 18 months and I would like to thank you all for the pos­i­tive com­ments you sub­mit­ted to in­spec­tors and your on­go­ing sup­port for rais­ing stan­dards of learn­ing and be­hav­iour at our school.”

Mid­land Acad­e­mies Trust, which runs Hartshil School, said: “The judge­ment given by Of­sted In­spec­tors in Hartshill School’s in­spec­tion re­port is wel­comed by the Trust. We feel it rightly iden­ti­fies many of our strengths, par­tic­u­larly re­lat­ing to the re­cent new lead­er­ship of the school, as well as high­qual­ity pupil and teacher re­la­tion­ships, and that our stu­dents feel safe.

“How­ever, we do ac­knowl­edge that the judge­ment rep­re­sents a dip in Of­sted mea­sured per­for­mance, and the Trust is work­ing hard on the ar­eas that re­quire im­prove­ment, and is pro­vid­ing the school with new, sta­ble lead­er­ship to im­prove out­comes in teach­ing and learn­ing for all Hartshill pupils.”

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