Parent Meeting - 28 June 2017

There will be a parent/carer meeting on Wednesday, 28th June at 6pm in B Block to discuss the recent Ofsted report.  

All questions will need to be raised in advance of the meeting.  Please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to meeting with you to share our future plans.

 

Commitment to improvement at the King Alfred School

Strategies are already in place to address issues ahead of the publication of a disappointing OFSTED report published today (23rd June 2017).

Headteacher Denise Hurr said she and her staff are committed to addressing the issues in the report which judges the school to be inadequate. There have already been changes in teaching and to the curriculum, and expertise brought in to improve the evaluation and monitoring of students’ progress.

 

“I’m sure everyone involved with the school will be disappointed,” she said. “But we are already moving forward and I am confident that the whole school community will continue to pull together to make the improvements that are needed.”

The local Education Authority has arranged for the Clevedon Learning Trust to support the King Alfred School in delivering the post Ofsted improvement work.   The Executive Headteacher, John Wells, is now working alongside Mrs Hurr.

Mrs Hurr said: “We very much welcome the assistance which I know will accelerate the rate of improvement. This is a school at the heart of its community with a strong ethos of care and respect, these are great foundations on which we will build.”

Ofsted inspectors visited the school in April and the resulting report acknowledges the positive impact of recent changes. It notes some recent improvements in teaching, curriculum changes and the good attitudes shown by Sixth Form students.  The Ofsted team also noted the positive impact of the school’s Be Proud Plan on the experience of students in the classroom.  This plan enables staff and students to work together on a clear set of expectations, focusing on high quality learning and student leadership.

However, it also identifies variable quality of teaching, disappointing GCSE exam results and a need for teachers to have higher expectations of their pupils. It highlights various areas in need of improvement, including evaluation, behaviour and careers advice.

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “The Council is committed to working with King Alfred’s to bring the rapid improvement that everyone wants to see. We have arranged for extra support and have every confidence that it will help take the school in the right direction.”

The school’s special measures status means it will become part of a Multi-Academy Trust. Details of the arrangements are yet to be finalised, but it will allow the school to benefit from support from other high-performing schools and good practice.

Please click here for the full Ofsted inspection report.

 

 

For further information please contact the Somerset County Council Press Office on 01823 255020 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Year 11 End of School Arrangements

Year 11 End of School Arrangements

1. Students will no longer be expected to attend school lessons after Thursday 15th June 2017. This means that following the GCSE Physics exam (P4, P5, P6) on Friday 16th June MOST Year 11 students will then be on study leave from 10am and should go home. The exception to this is those sitting the GCSE Resistant Materials exam. They will stay in school to study in preparation for their exam (which starts at 1.20pm that afternoon).

Students studying for the Further Additional Science exams are expected in for exams and revision sessions during the week beginning 19 June (details from Science staff).

2. The Leavers' assembly will take place at 11.45am on Friday 23rd June. Students should meet in A Block Foyer at that time. Students sitting the Further Additional exam that morning will be welcome to stay in C7 between the end of the exam and the start of the assembly.

3. The End of School Prom will take place on 29th June at Batch Farm, Lympsham. Dress code is formal. Official photography will capture the arrival of students from 6.30pm onward. Students must be present at 7.20pm at the latest as food will be served at 7.30pm. The event will finish at approximately 11.30pm - 12 midnight.

4. Results will be available to collect on Thursday, 24th August 2017 from 9.00am in B Block. Yearbooks will also be issued on this day.

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