Shocking Newent Community School Ofsted report - parents to meet school leaders
CONCERNED parents will be told tonight how school leaders in Newent are dealing with a damning inspection report.
Mums, dads and carers of children at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre have seen the Ofsted report, which places the comprehensive in special measures.
The report, yet to be made public by Ofsted, together with a letter to parents from headteacher Jane Steele, have been seen by The Citizen.
Mrs Steele accepts rapid improvement is needed in important areas, but doesn't agree with Ofsted's finding that it's an "inadequate" school.
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In her letter, she said: "We do accept that the Ofsted report has highlighted a number of extremely important areas where the school needs to rapidly improve.
"However, we really do believe that we are not an inadequate school. Staff and governors are totally committed and we will all do everything now to demonstrate this to Ofsted when they return later in the year."
The report rates pupils' achievement, teaching quality, and leadership and management "inadequate". Behaviour and safety of pupils is classed as "requiring improvement".
Inspectors who visited last month were particularly critical of achievement of less able students and those with special educational needs.
GCSE results are improving for top end and mid-grade students, and many go on to a sixth form which Ofsted said was "good".
But inspectors said the school too often focuses on getting students to grade C or above at GCSE, while not using extra money for less able students well enough.
National Union of Teachers Gloucestershire secretary John Pemberthy said the new Ofsted inspections' focus is narrow and data driven.
"My reading of the report is that while showing weaknesses, improvement mainly needs to focus more on pupil progress across the abilities," he said.
Mrs Steele and chairman of governors Steve Huckvale are set to address parents' concerns at a meeting tonight.