"To create a purposeful educational environment where children of all abilities can learn and thrive"
North View Academy OFSTED Statement
Staff and Governors at North View Academy are determined and committed to improve standards across the board to provide the best education possible for all our pupils, following a very disappointing report by Ofsted inspectors.
The Governing body and staff are obviously very disappointed in the findings within the report but are certain that both some rapid and longer term changes can be made to improve identified issues across the school. This will be done with the hard work of the staff at the Academy and the input of external support, guidance and partnership networks to help address these.
The School was criticised in several areas by the school inspection team following their inspection earlier this academic year. However, Governors and staff are confident they can turn things around and have already put action plans and measures in place to improve management and leadership of the school particularly around identified aspects of safeguarding recording and policy procedures at the school, alongside pupil attainment to ensure teaching and work is well matched to pupils’ needs. This needs to be sustained and evidenced for future monitoring visits from Ofsted and to external partnerships over time.
The school has been placed in special measures by Ofsted, which means it has to demonstrate the capacity to show significant improvements over time. Head Teacher, Gary Mellefont quoted: “We are all disappointed by the findings, however, inspectors did highlight a number of positives which help us remain optimistic about the future, and we believe we have the capacity to get out of special measures and show that we can improve and return to be a good school or better”.
He also said: “We are fully aware that Ofsted have recognised that we are successful in supporting pupils’ personal development and that the good relationships between staff and children ensure that our pupils enjoy school and their behaviour is good. However, the inspection did highlight some concerns and we are addressing these, particularly around governance, aspects of safeguarding and the leadership of the school with particular reference to safeguarding protocols and policy procedures and getting best value possible from pupil premium funding”
Inspectors raised concerns about issues concerning teaching and pupil attainment among younger pupils. They felt that the majority of pupils reach their expected progress targets on leaving the school. Ofsted feel that not enough pupils are making more than expected progress, and that the schools expectations are too low. They raised concerns about pupils’ learning being variable. Development in writing skills, including the content was not strong enough. Pupils make more progress in Maths, particularly in calculation, but need more input for problem solving. Progress in reading is better and starts with strong early phonics progression. They also suggested clearer, helpful guidance to help pupils reach their targets particularly those disadvantaged pupils who are not making enough progress than that of other pupils.
Although there is room for improvement, inspectors did find much to praise at the school. This includes the expected progress made by pupils with Special Educational Needs and associated difficulties, improved attendance at the school, and the positive views of the majority of parents who appreciate the work done at the school and the positive changes in the pupils when they have joined the school, pupils’ awareness of safety and healthy lifestyles, good use of information technology, and the fact that pupils are happy and have a positive, responsible attitude towards school.
Avril Godfrey, Chair of Governors said: “The concerns raised by Ofsted relate to leadership of the school, inclusive of Governance and the need for clearer guidance about sanctions, positive handling plans and the analysis of these procedures to evidence that they are indeed supporting the children to better manage their behaviour and emotional regulation. It also relates to concerns regarding the expectations of pupils’ achievements, how well the teachers help pupils overcome their individual learning needs and how we support disadvantaged pupils reduce the differences in their attainment and learning. The school, with the support of parents and carers and support partnerships from school to school support networks, will work tirelessly on identified areas for improvement and we are confident that we can make the changes needed in order to move forward”.
“The board of Governors have already initiated a review of school governance and the use of Pupil Premium, and agree that there are improvements to be made. They are fully committed to driving standards and the recommendations to improve leadership and management and the teaching and learning at the academy. Having always had favourable inspection reports previously (we can build upon our historic strengths) and tackle and improve these areas in order to ensure the quality of the education we can provide for all of our special education pupils is the best it can possibly be.”
The Head Teacher of the school also states that “although we are hugely disappointed with this report from Ofsted, for our pupils, parents and carers, the academy staff are resilient and determined that this process will indeed make us stronger in the future and allow us to get back to being a good school. A school which in the future provides the very best we can for our pupils, parents and carers and for all the future stakeholders at the academy.”
11th January 2017