School failings see it placed in ‘special measures’ by Ofsted

130519a Hinderwell School
130519a Hinderwell School

A Scarborough school has been placed under special measures after new efforts to improve the establishment were deemed ineffective.

Hinderwell Primary School, which was judged to be satisfactory by Ofsted inspectors two years ago, has now been classified overall as ‘inadequate’ in the national body’s latest report published last week.

130519b Ofsted Scenesetter'Wheatcroft School'Picture by Neil Silk'30/01/13

130519b Ofsted Scenesetter'Wheatcroft School'Picture by Neil Silk'30/01/13

Achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management were also classed as inadequate following the November inspection at the Seamer Road school.

The report stated that“systems put in place for improving the school “are too new and not well enough developed” to have an effect.

It also highlighted the poor academic standard of pupils leaving Year 6, stating that they are “well behind where they should be”.

North Yorkshire County Council is now working with governors, school staff, the local community and the Department for Education to improve the quality of provision at the school.

County councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s executive member for schools said: “We will soon be meeting the Department for Education and representatives from the school in order to look at best options to address the issues identified by Ofsted.

“The school is supported by a strong community and we must now all work together to create the best provision for teaching and learning.”

In their latest report, inspectors acknowledged that the local authority has given intensive support to the school for improving leadership, that it assisted in resolving contractual difficulties with staff and is aware of the need to improve teaching.

Ofsted also acknowledged that since the appointment of headteacher, Derek Johnson, last Easter, the school had worked well to re-engage the local community.

However, this, along with time spent resolving staffing issues, “distracted him from improving the inadequate teaching and progress that have been present in the school for several years”.

In order to boost its grade, improvements needed in the quality of teaching include ‘sharing more widely the good and outstanding practice that exists in some classes’.

The report also states that leadership and management must be bettered by “increasing the rigour with which senior leaders are held to account for their specific responsibilities in raising achievement and improving the quality of teaching” and “improving the management of teachers’ performance”.

Other reports in Scarborough

Wheatcroft School in Holbeck Hill received a “Requires improvement” grading in its Ofsted report, published this month. It flagged pupils’ achievement - particularly in English, a variation in teaching quality, and the need for improvement in leadership, management and governance on checks to improve teaching and monitor pupils’ progress.

Springhead School in Barry’s Lane was subject to its first monitoring inspection since it was judged to require improvement in October 2012.

The Ofsted findings, from the visit last month, stated that “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection”.

A Springhead School governer said: “For this reason, although Her Majesty’s Inspector could have chosen to return before half term in February, the inspector said that she need not return until the summer term because she was confident that the school had made good progress already, and would continue to do so.”

In its first inspection, Happy Jays Nursery in Link Walk Eastifield, received a rating of 2, and was reported as a good provision.