Pupils not pre­pared for ex­ams – Of­sted

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @kate­lal­lyx

AHIGH school and sixth form cen­tre in South­port does not pre­pare some of its pupils for their ex­ams, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Of­sted re­port.

Christ The King in Birk­dale re­ceived three con­sec­u­tive “Re­quires Im­prove­ment” rat­ings by in­spec­tors, be­tween 2013 and 2017.

When Of­sted re­vis­ited the school last month, they found pupils’ progress to be “weak over­all”.

The re­port said: “While lead­ers iden­ti­fied a num­ber of weak­nesses in teach­ing that con­trib­uted to poor out­comes, other weak­nesses in the cur­ricu­lum be­came ev­i­dent dur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on this visit.

“[There is] too lit­tle fo­cus on the ac­qui­si­tion of knowl­edge, pupils have en­tered ex­am­i­na­tions in a num­ber of sub­jects not know­ing enough of what they needed to have learned.”

Pupils de­scribed Key Stage 3 as be­ing “easy” but that there was then a huge jump in terms of what was ex­pected of them in Year 9. The re­port goes on to say this cur­ricu­lum was “not be­ing planned well enough and pre­cious time is be­ing wasted”.

The school has, how­ever, man­aged to make some im­prove­ments since the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion.

In­spec­tors found a shift in at­ti­tude of school lead­ers, and that the mon­i­tor­ing of teach­ing and learn­ing was “much more rig­or­ous”.

Se­nior lead­ers and gov­er­nors were tak­ing ef­fec­tive ac­tion, and there was a new head of depart­ment for math­e­mat­ics.

Pupils’ over­all at­ten­dance had also im­proved, and gov­er­nors were pro­vid­ing the “right balance of sup­port and chal­lenge” to the head­teacher.

But the re­port said the ac­tion taken was far too dense and what was im­por­tant was “lost in the de­tail”.

It said steps un­der­taken by staff also failed to iden­tify no­table gaps in pupils’ knowl­edge that needed ad­di­tional sup­port and in­ter­ven­tion’

In its most re­cent full in­spec­tion (Septem­ber 2017), Christ The King was rated as “Re­quir­ing Im­prove­ment” in ev­ery area as­sessed by in­spec­tors.

These ar­eas are: lead­er­ship and man­age­ment; qual­ity of teach­ing; learn­ing and as­sess­ment per­sonal de­vel­op­ment; be­hav­iour and wel­fare out­comes for pupils; 16 to 19 study pro­grammes.

Christ The King’s most re­cent Progress 8 score (how much progress pupils make be­tween Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4) was be­low av­er­age.

In the most re­cent full school year, 5.4% of ses­sions were missed – equal to the na­tional av­er­age.

The Red Ar­rows are a ma­jor draw but will not be com­ing to South­port next year

Christ the King was crit­i­cised by in­spec­tors

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