Inspectors say Beaufort Community School is "inadequate"
Teaching standards have dropped to "inadequate" at Beaufort Community School in Tuffley, inspectors have found.
It says it has effective plans in place to accelerate pupils' progress and improve the quality of teaching, as a tough Ofsted report was released today.
The Gloucester secondary school has been judged as having 'serious weaknesses' following an Ofsted inspection and is being supported by Gloucestershire County Council to implement a development plan to enable rapid improvement.
Ofsted felt that positive changes have already been made at the school, including raising attainment in maths and science and major improvements in pupil attendance. They also noted Good and improving teaching, found pupils to be 'polite and courteous' and found stronger progress and higher standards in the Sixth Form.
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The school has a new headteacher in place, David Bishop, who joined the school in September 2012. The Ofsted inspector is confident that the new head 'knows exactly what else needs to be done and is starting to make sure it happens'.
Ofsted highlighted the need for the school to:
ï§ Accelerate progress in English, particularly at Key Stage 4
ï§ Continue to raise the quality of teaching so that more of it is good and outstanding
ï§ Ensure that all lessons are at the right level for different students and involve them more in their own learning
ï§ Improve the consistency marking so that students know what they need to do to get better
ï§ Continue to improve monitoring of student achievement and take action where progress is inadequate
Headteacher David Bishop said: "I am extremely pleased that the inspection team noted the positive changes already made by the school and the impact on standards of achievement and pupils' attitude to learning this has had. We are very proud of all our pupils and will continue to put them at the centre of everything that we do.
"The report also gives us clear guidance on what needs to be done further, to ensure the continued improvement of Beaufort Community School. Plans are already in place to ensure that all the action points we have been given are met and that progress towards these is rapid.
"With the continued support of Gloucestershire County Council and the Governing Body, I have no doubt that we will deliver the improvements required."
Governors are also improving the challenge and support they provide to leaders at all levels. They are working closely with the headteacher and the county council to update their knowledge and understanding of the school's performance.
Chair of Governors, Neil Hampson, said: "As a newly appointed Chair of Governors I welcome the positive aspects of the Ofsted report. Whilst the timing of the inspection was less than ideal it has enabled the governing body to focus its priorities in the short and long term.
"Work had already begun on this prior to the inspection. We look forward to working with the Senior Leadership Team, parents, pupils and staff to ensure that Beaufort shows continued improvement ensuring excellence in the pupil experience."
The school has also commissioned effective support, which has improved monitoring and evaluation and helped the school to develop better combinations of courses. This has resulted in more students achieving five or more GCSE grades at A* - C.
Jane Lloyd-Davies, Head of Education Performance and Intervention at Gloucestershire County Council, said, "We are already working very closely with the school, headteacher and governing body and will continue to give the school all the support necessary to enable them to tackle the areas identified as needing further improvement by Ofsted. A team will be working closely with the school to rapidly drive up standards."
Staff have welcomed the teaching improvement programme that is in place and are benefiting from coaching and visits to each other's lessons. Teaching is particularly strong in art, history, geography, foreign languages, and religious studies, with activities stimulating students' imagination and carefully matched to students' abilities. As a result, achievement in these subjects is stronger.
Students say they feel safe at the school, there are few recorded incidents of bullying and students are very confident that the school deals with any incidents effectively. The majority of parents and carers are positive about behaviour and staff and students get on well together.
Parents and carers have been invited to attend a meeting at the school to discuss and respond to the Ofsted report and the action plan.