9th Aug, 2020

Councillor calls for potential leadership change following 'damning' Ofsted report

Harry Leach 4th Feb, 2020 Updated: 5th Feb, 2020

PARENTS are being asked to attend a meeting to discuss the future of Roman Way First School after it was labelled ‘inadequate’ in its latest OfSted report.

The meeting will be held on February 12 for parents who have questions about the school’s direction.

Senior members of staff will be on hand to explain the steps they have already taken since the school was inspected in December.

Ofsted inspectors described the school’s quality of education as ‘poor’ and the curriculum planning as ‘weak’.

They said teachers ‘do not have high expectations’ of their pupils who are ‘making little progress in their learning’ and the ‘same mistakes time and time again’.

According to the report, school leaders have failed to keep a close eye on what pupils are learning, leading them to miss out on key Mathematical knowledge.

Governors have also failed to prove that extra funding, provided for disadvantaged pupils, has been spent well enough.

Ofsted rated the school as ‘good’ during a visit in 2016 but are now recommending it to be put under special measures.

Redditch councillor Mike Rouse, who has a seven-year-old daughter at the Winyates school, called the report ‘damning from top to bottom’ and has urged school governors to consider their positions.

He said: “I understand the school has struggled since the sad and unexpected death of the deputy head, however if the entire school’s educational competence was resting on just one person, that in itself is a massive failure of the leadership and the school’s governing body.

“That is just one failure among many.

“The leadership team and the governing body should be considering their positions in light of this report and asking themselves if they truly have the ambition and capability to turn things around.”

Neil Johnson and Holly Adams, who are assistant headteachers at Roman Way, are both extremely disappointed with Ofsted’s report.

In a joint statement they said: “In response to the inspection we have produced a robust action plan to address the key findings and are working closely with key partners to put this into place.

“We are confident that we have the steps in place to allow us to make the necessary improvements as soon as possible and ensure that children are receiving a good experience at our school.

“We are committed to working with parents, staff and students along with school partners to carry out the improvements required.”

 

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