Parent Meetings to discuss recent Ofsted Report

There was a very high level of attendance for the post Ofsted parents’ meeting on Wednesday, which was chaired by Eur Ing H Mackay (Chair of Governors) and led by Mr Wells (Executive Headteacher), Mrs Hurr (Headteacher) and Mr S Faull (Senior Secondary Adviser, SCC).  Mrs Hurr stressed to the meeting her disappointment at the “Inadequate” Ofsted judgement. With the school being at the heart of the community in which she resides herself, she said she felt deeply disappointed for the families and their children. She went on to say that the School is committed to making the improvements required, in conjunction with colleagues from the Clevedon Learning Trust. Mrs Hurr asked for the parents’ support and for help in starting up a PTA to work alongside the school.

Mr Wells said that he had been commissioned by the Local Authority to make rapid improvements over the forthcoming months.  The Senior Leadership Team have been restructured and using the School’s “Be Proud Plan” the staff and students are now clear on his expectations when they are in school, which he insisted are non-negotiable.  He said confidently that the Be Proud Plan will ensure that teachers are delivering consistently good teaching.  The homework timetable has been changed and there are more rigorous systems in place for monitoring and evaluation.  Mr Wells and Mrs Hurr have been leading the School Assemblies to explain the plans for change to all the students.

Mr Faull, representing the Local Authority, explained that the Clevedon Learning Trust had been appointed to support the school for an interim period until a decision has been made by the Regional Schools Commissioner (South West) on a suitable academy sponsor. 

Parents had provided many questions in advance of the meeting which were addressed, and they were also invited to pose questions at the meeting. Issues such as behaviour, home learning and a lack of funding to improve the site’s appearance and to fix the roofs were discussed.

The meeting concluded with a thank you from the parents to Mr Wells for his support.  There was a genuine feeling of support and positivity that the School will now move forward. The overwhelming opinion was a hope that the Clevedon Learning Trust will be the academy trust chosen to become the School’s sponsor.  Eur Ing Mackay closed the meeting and thanked parents for attending.

There will be a further parents’ meeting organised for the Autumn Term to look at how the changes are impacting, both from a staff and parents’ perspective.  Details will be sent out to parents in the autumn term.

 

If any parents/carers are interested in joining the PTA please can they contact the Headteacher’s PA via the school email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A copy of the presentation is available to download and the questions and answers raised will also be available shortly. 

Please click here for a copy of the presentation.

Please click here for a copy of the questions and answers raised.

Please click here for a copy of the Year 6 parent meeting to discuss Ofsted.

 

Inset Days for 2017 - 2018

The Inset days for 2017-2018 are

Monday, 4th September 2017
Tuesday, 5th September 2017
Friday, 9th February 2018
Monday, 23rd July 2018
Tuesday, 24th July 2018

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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.

 

 

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