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Breaking News ! A Nailsea primary school has received a damning report from Ofsted inspectors – which has seen its rating change from outstanding to inadequate. A team of inspectors visited St Francis Catholic Primary School in January raising concerns about behaviour, bullying, the safeguarding of students and poor leadership. The inspectors said the quality of education, behaviour, personal development of students, and early years’ provision all required improvement and said the leadership and management of the school was inadequate. The school was last inspected in 2009 when Ofsted rated it as ‘outstanding.’ The inspection in January this year was carried out under a new, more stringent framework, introduced by OFSTED in September. Parents have been informed of the change in Ofsted rating. The team of two inspectors levied a number of criticisms at the school in their report - criticisms which have been 'rigorously' challenged by the school. Read More Related Articles Two South Gloucestershire schools to merge from September Inspectors said bad behaviour amongst some students was getting in the way of learning, with students themselves telling the team that behaviour could be better. Pupils also told inspectors that when bullying occurred, staff were not always quick enough to resolve the issue. Inspectors added teachers did not adapt the curriculum to match the needs of students well enough and when pupils struggled, some said they did not feel comfortable to ask for help –and would rather copy a friend’s work. Inspectors also said staff were not fulfilling their safeguarding responsibilities well enough and did not always deal with concerns about pupils’ welfare. Stock image of primary age children in the classroom (Image: SolStock) They said the school’s safeguarding measures were not effective and that staff do not know how to keep students safe. They added that leaders had not made sure staff were clear about their safeguarding responsibilities or followed school policy. They also said record keeping of concerns was disorganised and leaders did not routinely draw on the expertise of external agencies, putting vulnerable pupils at risk. Read More Related Articles Council braced for 'surge in homelessness' after lockdown Inspectors recognised the school had ‘endured difficult times’ in recent years with several leadership changes. “Senior leaders want the best for pupils and their dedication is unquestionable’ they said. But the education watchdog said the staff ‘spread themselves too thinly’, taking on multiple responsibilities rather than sharing them out amongst staff. The inspectors said: “As the school’s performance has deteriorated, they have taken more on. “Leaders’ attempts to address weaknesses have not been effective enough. “Due to a lack of leadership capacity, they have relied on unsustainable quick fixes. "This has prevented them addressing root causes. As a result, actions have little impact.
.” They said governors did ‘little to help’ and relied on the headteacher too much and that their checks on the school’s work were ‘poor.’ The inspection team also said curriculum plans for writing and foundation subjects were not good enough and did not provide pupils with secure foundations for future learning. In maths, although lessons were sequenced effectively, pupils said teachers did not challenge them enough.
A teacher with nursery school children.
In the report inspectors said: “Pupils’ work shows the curriculum is not helping these pupils to deepen their knowledge sufficiently.” The school’s special education needs provision however was praised, with inspectors saying its co-ordinator kept a ‘firm hold’ on the provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Help provided to teachers was adapted to ensure pupils received the support they need to achieve. Inspectors also said the school had a consistent phonics programme which teachers taught effectively and that most students were on track with learning to read and how to apply their knowledge of letters and the sounds they make in their writing. Students also told inspectors they enjoyed coming to school. Inspectors said students were ‘polite’ and ‘courteous.’ The school, which has 189 students on roll, has now been issued with a series of improvements to carry out.
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School leaders said a number of changes had already been put in place following the inspection visit. St Francis Primary headteacher Catherine Hunt, who joined the school in April 2019, said: “After a gap of eleven years, the Ofsted inspection framework is very different. “The feedback we received on the recording and monitoring of safeguarding was useful and we made immediate changes to our processes as a result. “We firmly believe that all children at the school are safe, we know them and take exceptional care of them. “Parental feedback at the time of time of the Ofsted inspection showed 95 per cent of parents stated that their child is happy at our school.” School chair of governors Ann Tarr said:” “The governors and staff are disappointed over the result of the Ofsted inspection and the language in the report. “Little reference is made in the report about the many good things about the school and the attainment of our pupils.
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“The three-year average for children achieving the expected standard across reading, writing and maths is 79% compared to 63% nationally. “Parental feedback at the time of the inspection showed only six of parents having concerns with 78% of parents saying their child had not been bullied.” The inspectors will re-visit the school at a later date.
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