A NEW acting head teacher has vowed to get a Uttoxeter school back on track after another damning report on its previous regime from Ofsted inspectors.
Windsor Park Middle School, in Springfield Road, received a monitoring visit on July 9 from Ofsted after its last inspection in March found the school ‘requires improvement’.
The original report found the pupils were not making enough progress, gaps remained between the attainment of those known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium and that of other the pupils, teachers were not always using information on pupils’ ability levels to plan tasks at the right level of difficulty for individuals and the school’s leaders do not use information on pupils’ progress to identify quickly those falling behind.
It is not the first the school has failed to impress inspectors after only rating as satisfactory the inspection before and falling into special measures back in 2010.
The latest report states: “You and your senior leaders have produced an action plan which accurately identifies how the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection will be addressed.
“However, the action plan does not have measurable targets and dates when these targets will be achieved.
“This prevents governors, and senior leaders, from checking whether these goals are met and that students are making the expected progress.
“The acting head teacher, in collaboration with the local authority, is in the process of improving this action plan.
“You, together with other senior leaders are not responding to weaknesses in students’ progress with sufficient urgency.
“The latest data shows that across the school, students continue to make inadequate progress in reading and writing.
“The systems for checking the work of staff are not rigorous. When observing teaching and reviewing students’ work, you and other senior leaders do not focus enough on the impact teachers are having on different groups of students’ learning.
“This is leading to an over generous view of the quality of teaching in the school.”
Pupils also told inspectors some of their books had not been marked since March 2013.
Acting head teacher Carl Gliddon, who only started the role at the beginning of this term, said: “The letter from the HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) is very clear and gives clear, very precise points of action which I would support and am happy to address.
“All of the key elements the HMI highlighted are being addressed in the school’s new revised action plan which is currently being put in place.
“Already some of the plans have been put in place such as staff training and a new structure to help monitor performance is starting now.
“I absolutely recognise the need for a swift response is crucial in order to help the school move forward.
“For me the school already has two key elements – fantastic pupils and very dedicated, hard-working staff.
“I am sure with the right guidance and leadership Windsor Park has the capacity to be a really good school.”