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'Inadequate' Progress Made At Local School

Tuesday January 15 2013

EDUCATION inspectors say that inadequate progress has been made at a school that has been placed in special measures.

Carlton Community College, on Royston Lane, was deemed 'failing' last January and has been inspected by Ofsted twice since.

After their latest visit, inspectors say there's been inadequate progress - despite staff being told they must raise attainment, especially in English and maths, accelerate the progress of certain groups of students, rapidly increase the proportion of good or better teaching, reduce persistent absence, improve the leadership and management of teaching and improve the quality of communication with parents.

A report revealed that while students made more progress in maths last year, it still considerably below average.

It added the progress made by students in English fell considerably in 2012. 

Teachers were not always successful in identifying different ways to ensure that all students find lessons interesting and challenging and are able to make progress.

The report added: "Teachers' expectations of students are too low. In too many lessons there is little to attract the students' interest or curiosity. The pace of lessons is often too slow, causing some behavioural issues to arise, and the progress of students to be inadequate."

The report said strategies to increase the attendance were having only a slight impact and that persistent absence was still exceptionally high.

It stated that misbehaviour in lessons was down to poor teaching and a lack of activities with which students want to engage.

However, inspectors did find that student behaviour had improved.

Headteacher Neil Hutchinson was considered by students to be 'firm but fair' and they welcomed the changes made.

The report said actions taken to raise the quality of teaching have intensified following the appointment of Mr Hutchinson, in September.

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Reply Posted by Gillian on Tuesday January 15 2013 at 17:07
The teachers and senior members of staff are somewhat to be desired. Since the merge they have lost key members of staff from both schools, with some more to leave this year. The new teachers that they have brought in are bullies and talk to the students like crap, then go crying when a pupil doesn't appreciate how they have been spoken to and tell them so. They tell kids one thing when they completely mean the opposite. As Ofsted said, the lessons lack structure and leave kids bored!

Reply Posted by Charlotte on Tuesday January 15 2013 at 17:22
I hugely disagree that this is all down to the teachers, most of them are trying there best to improve and to positively influence students' outlook on education. The blame should be placed on the parents who place barely, if any, emphasis on the importance of education and attending school. If students have parents who couldn't care less whether they turn up to school or not how are the students expected to care? I also think it is partly down to the students who, when it comes down to it, are the ones who should be trying to achieve and set out in life after school with the greatest possible achievements. Not all students behave badly and shouldn't be penalised by others' bad behaviour. I attended this school and never felt more supported or cared for, I was pushed to strive for the best I could give and hate to see the teachers who truly care about their students being typecast as the problem.

Reply Posted by Tony on Tuesday January 15 2013 at 19:24
Don't you just love these suits from Ofsted. How many of them have taught a bottom set yr 10 and achieved A-C? Come and show me how it's done - if you really can. 400+ good lessons a year get results, not the handful that you see. I don't need the extra work you cause .... jobsworths taking my valuable time.

Reply Posted by Jan on Friday January 18 2013 at 18:17
If Teachers followed the Head Teachers lead then there would be less problems. The students obviously respect the Head, describing him as 'firm but fair'. It annoys me when people blame parents, insinuating parents don't care. I agree there are a small minority of parents who couldn't care less about what their kids get up to, but realy, is this minority the sole reason for dissruption and Teachers inablility to teach in the whole?
Show respect and you will receive respect... be on a power/control trip, 'do as I say not as I do' .. you will recieve the same back.

Reply Posted by Annonimus on Friday January 18 2013 at 18:34
Well It proves that teachers are not as "on the ball" as they should be. My daughter who DID attend this school last year, has epilepsy and even though we had told school and also they received a care plan the PE teacher didn't no. We went to parents evening and then found out that only a hand full of her teachers knew of her care plan . I think this should be a priority in ever school to let every teacher know .

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Sunday January 20 2013 at 23:15
Schools sent schools anymore