Parents have rallied to support an under-fire primary school in Plymouth after Ofsted placed it in special measures.
Inspectors from the education watchdog said pupils at the Plymouth School of Creative Arts in Millbay had made “insufficient” progress since their last visit.
They also criticised staff for having low expectations, and concerns were raised in Ofsted’s report about pupils being absent.
In response, parents and pupils staged a ‘show of solidarity’ outside the school - unveiling banners with slogans such as 'Too special to measure', 'Outstanding in our eyes' and 'Creativity takes courage'.
Stacey Giles, who took part in the demonstration, said the Ofsted report has “upset most of the parents”.
David Nottage, another parent who took part, said he wanted Ofsted to listen to parents’ views.
Here is a summary of the key points from the Ofsted report:
- Too many pupils across the primary and secondary phases of the school are making insufficient progress
- Staff expectations are not high enough.
- Leaders do not evaluate the effectiveness of pupil premium and catch-up funding. Consequently, funding does not lead directly to higher outcomes for pupils.
- Absence overall, and for different groups of pupils, is too high and not showing signs of improvement.
- Persistent absence is also too high, as is exclusion from school.
- Across the school there is too much low-level disruption.
- Teaching does not engage pupils and the learning environment is not conducive to learning.
- Leadership and external support, over time, have not improved teaching quality sufficiently to enable pupils to realise their potential.
- Teaching and assessment do not meet the needs of different groups of pupils.
- The most able pupils are not challenged to achieve their best. The least able pupils are not provided with adequate support.
- Governors have not held leaders to account for pupils’ outcomes in key subjects, such as English and mathematics, over time
- Exclusions from school are above average.They are not declining quickly enough.
- Provision in Reception is not yet good because the curriculum and learning environments require development to maximise children’s progress.
- The curriculum does not enable pupils to acquire knowledge and skills across a broad range of subjects. Most pupils do not receive adequate careers advice
- Senior and middle leaders, who are very new in post, are making positive changes, but it is too soon to judge their impact.
- The large majority of parents and carers who shared their views are supportive of the school.
- Safeguarding is effective.
- Staff morale is high.
- Staff are supportive of each other and work hard to foster positiver elationships with pupils, who are well cared for.
- The physical education (PE) and sport premium is spent effectively to improve staff training and opportunities for pupils.