16:42 Monday 10 February 2014

Damning report reveals why Burton school is inadequate

Written byROB SMYTH

THE full details behind a decision to place a Burton school into ‘special measures’ have been laid bare in a damning report.

Ofsted revealed that it found a host of problems at Anglesey Primary Academy, in Clarence Street, which included low standards in reading, writing and maths, poor behaviour standards and leaders who were not doing enough to try to improve the situation.

The site, which saw its head teacher Helen Coulthard leave just days before the Ofsted outcome was revealed to parents, was labelled as ‘inadequate’ in all levels in which it was tested.

The report said: “Pupils, including the most able pupils, are not making progress quickly enough and significant underachievement continues to be prevalent.

“Too much teaching requires improvement or is inadequate.

“As a result, pupils are not learning quickly enough in order to close the gap between standards at the academy and nationally.

“Behaviour in the corridors and the dining hall is too boisterous.

“In the playground, there are incidents or rough games, pushing and ‘play’ fighting.”

The report also highlighted the number of pupils who frequently missed school had recently increased.

Teaching was also said to be poorly matched to pupils’ different abilities, and there was not enough building on what pupils knew and what they could do.

The report said: “Leaders have failed to make sure that teaching is good and that all pupils achieve well, and attempts to improve pupils’ achievement lacked focus. Governors have not secured the school’s improvement since conversion to academy status.

“However, there is a strong determination to put things right.”

The academy has 630 pupils enrolled at the current time.

The Ofsted report did say that pupils who join the academy and are learning English are supported well.

It also has a strong set of safeguarding measures in place.

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