Headteacher hits back at Ofsted inspectors

w7675d914 Exterior of Sandal Endowed Junior School.
w7675d914 Exterior of Sandal Endowed Junior School.

A school that was judged to be good by Ofsted inspectors three years ago has been placed in special measures.

Sandal Endowed CofE Junior School was judged to be inadequate following a recent inspection.

A report published last month, said: “The school’s effectiveness has declined considerably since the last inspection.

“Leaders have not tackled weaknesses in teaching, and arrangements to check and improve the quality of teaching lack rigour.”

Inspectors said actions by leaders and governors to improve pupil achievement had been ‘ineffective.’ The school was also criticised for having ‘low expectations’ of pupils and ‘too much’ teaching was said not to motivate them.

Governors were criticised for failing to hold leaders to account and failing to ensure pupil safety.

In 2009 the school amalgamated with nearby Castle Grove Infant School, which was judged to be outstanding in 2008 and good in 2013. The schools share a headteacher.

The report praised the school for its support of pupils with additional social and emotional needs, and said pupils told them they felt safe there and enjoyed a range of clubs.

Headteacher Nichola Russell, said: “It is unfortunate that during the inspection, the inspectors noted a small number of premises issues they felt to be unsafe.

“Due to these reasons they deemed that the school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure as inadequate.

“This therefore meant that the other areas for inspection were recorded as inadequate although observed teaching and learning prior to this had been recorded as good. It is frustrating that the inspectors’ two day ‘snapshot’ does not accurately reflect the quality of the work, progress and achievement or the teaching and outcomes of our school.

“We are committed to continual improvement and we are taking immediate positive action to move forward and get the judgement that we feel our children, parents and community truly deserve.”