Updated: Sunday, 12th July 2020 @ 9:02am

Failing Salford school bring in outside help to battle damning Ofsted report branding them ‘inadequate’

Failing Salford school bring in outside help to battle damning Ofsted report branding them ‘inadequate’

By Robbie Gill

A failing Salford school has called on outside help to address Ofsted’s concerns about serious shortcomings in their teaching and academic achievement.

The damning verdict was delivered as Clarendon Road Community School slipped from last year’s ‘satisfactory’ to ‘inadequate’ and they have called in staff from Willow Tree Primary to help fix the problems.

Councillor John Merry, assistant mayor for services for children and young people, said the Ofsted ruling was disappointing but plans are already underway to make improvements.

He said: “The head and deputy head of Willow Tree primary school, Salford are leading the improvement plan and work with staff, pupils and parents to turn this around.

“They have already drawn up plans to ensure that the school responds to Ofsted’s areas of concern and standards and the quality of teaching and learning improve quickly.”

According to the report there are serious ‘shortcomings in leadership’ with the governors not holding leaders to account.

Even worse, the report claims the governors do not have enough of an understanding of what the school needs to do to tackle its weaknesses.

Pupils also settle down to work slowly as lessons are often slow paced and fail to engage them. This results in low level disruptive behavior.

Maths is a particular area of concern at the school, particularly for boys, as ‘not enough is being done to promote equality of opportunity in educational achievement.’

Boys have underachieved across the board and pupil performance has been below the national average regularly in recent years.

This report states that this is the ‘result of weak teaching,’ which leaves pupils’ achievement over time ‘inadequate.’

There are some areas of strength highlighted in the report, sporting opportunities at the school are of a high standard.

Furthermore, pupils have a ‘well-developed sense of responsibility and know how to keep themselves safe.’

Clarendon Road Community School refused to comment on the findings of the report.

Picture courtesy of marsmet491, with thanks.

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