Ofsted demands urgent action at Scarborough school

Urgent action must be taken at Graham School
Urgent action must be taken at Graham School

Urgent action must be taken at a Scarborough secondary school to address a catalogue of problems including a rise in pupil absences and disruption in lessons, according to Ofsted.

Graham School, which was rated as ‘requires improvement’ in 2015, was visited by inspectors following complaints, which raised concerns about the leadership and management of pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare.

While many pupils behaved well, “too often” their learning was interrupted by poor or disruptive behaviour, especially at the lower school, according to Ofsted inspector Nick Whittaker.

During his visit last month, the inspector found that teachers did not always manage behaviour properly and senior leaders did not provide enough guidance or support in this area.

However, he observed pupils were enthusiastic when teachers had “clear and high expectations” of pupils.

The report also revealed that regular pupil absences had risen since September and senior leaders had not done enough to enforce good attendance.

Mr Whittaker wrote: “Greater urgency and more committed and intensive action is now required”.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Helen McEvoy said the school had been addressing the “inconsistencies” and a number of measures had been put in place, including staff training, intensive support in lessons and improved rewards for good attendance.

Further strategic plans would be shared with parents after half term, she added. A North Yorkshire County Council spokesperson said the authority fully supported Mrs McEvoy and was working closely with the school.