Satisfactory’ school vows it will improve

St Augustines School, Sandybed Lane, Scarborough.   072921b 'in News   17/7/07   pic by AH
St Augustines School, Sandybed Lane, Scarborough. 072921b 'in News 17/7/07 pic by AH

A SCARBOROUGH secondary school has received glowing praise from Ofsted inspectors – despite losing its ‘outstanding’ classification.

St Augustine’s School, in Sandybed Lane, was graded ‘satisfactory’ by the education watchdog after a two-day visit.

Inspectors said the school offered “rich and varied experiences” for students, but added teaching was “satisfactory.”

The report also cited maths as an area for significant improvement, though it did highlight it’s musical provision, which gave pupils exciting and challenging extra-curricular opportunities.

It said: “This is a satisfactory school with high levels of pastoral care and a positive climate in which all pupils support each other.

“Pupils say how much they enjoy life in school and the many extra-curricular and enrichment experiences, particularly music.

“These help promote well pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

“However, it is not yet a good school because not all pupils achieve well, especially in maths, as a result of inconsistencies in teaching.”

The report counter-balanced inspectors’ ‘satisfactory’ rating by noting measures taken by the relatively new senior leadership team to tackle some under-performance in subjects had not had time to have a full impact.

Headteacher Jesús Echevarría, said: “We are very pleased that the inspectors have praised our many strengths, and acknowledged that we are addressing any weaknesses.

“There is no doubt that Ofsted has raised the bar under this new framework, but we are more than ready to devote all our energies into ensuring that we can surpass it.”

The report highlighted the school’s vocational curriculum which it said complemented its academic base.

It added: “Extra-curricular clubs, including many sporting and performing experiences, visits abroad and to local museums, theatres and art galleries, enhance the more formal arrangements.

“Over one-third of pupils take part in musical activities, singing in the three choirs, playing in the jazz bands and school orchestra and participating in a range of concerts and musical events throughout the school year.”

County Cllr Arthur Barker, Executive Member for Schools said: “St Augustine’s is a lively and caring school at the heart of a warm and supportive community where children enjoy a rich and varied curriculum.

“Ofsted, which is now working under a tougher, sharper inspection regime, acknowledges that senior leaders have set key priorities and are working extremely hard to deliver the highest standards in teaching and learning.”