Inspectors strip school of ‘Good’ status

George Pindar School .Picture Richard Ponter 132122a
George Pindar School .Picture Richard Ponter 132122a

“We didn’t do ourselves justice” - that is the message from George Pindar School’s headteacher after Ofsted inspectors brandished the school ‘in need of improvement’.

The Eastfield based school was visited over two days last month by inspectors from the official inspecting body, with the results posted earlier this week.

From their assessment George Pindar School has dropped from its previous “Good Status” to “Requires Improvement”.

The school, which has a roll of 700 pupils aged between 11 and 16, has now been given 24 months to make a series of improvements.

However headteacher John Senior is confident the school will make the improvements, and is already looking to progress to “Outstanding” status. He said: “The School has got many clear strengths which are identified in the report but there are a range of areas that we do need to work on.

“We don’t believe we did ourselves justice and that is supported by our trend of improving examination results which we expect to continue this summer.

“We certainly aren’t making excuses and collectively as a staff are moving forward rapidly to address all areas of our work that require improvement.

“We expect to be in a position to invite a re-inspection by Ofsted in either the first or second term of the academic year 2013-2014.

“It is disappointing when you know how hard students and staff have worked and it is difficult not to take it personally. However, we are confident that we will be able to move forward and that we have the foundations that will enable us to move quickly to Good and from there to Outstanding. It is what the students, the staff and our community deserve given their hard work, commitment and support for the School.”

The school requires improvement because:

- Too many students do not make as much progress as they could.

- Too much teaching fails to motivate or inspire students.

- There are missed opportunities for students to improve reading and writing skills.

- Students are sometimes unclear of what they are doing in lessons.

- The governing body does not have skills to challenge school leaders.

The school has the following strengths:

- Students behave well and politely towards each other and adults.

- Physical education is taught consistently well and there are pockets of outstanding teaching across the school.

- Attendance has improved rapidly.

- Students who entered the school with weak reading skills are making good progress.

- The support given to students whose circumstances may make them vulnerable is of high quality.