11:48AM, Wednesday 27 September 2017
Ofsted has said parents and pupils at Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy ‘feel misled’ after it rated the school ‘inadequate’ following its first ever inspection.
The Slough academy, which opened its doors to pupils in 2014, was found to be ‘inadequate’ in effectiveness of leadership and management, and was graded ‘requires improvement’ in quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for pupils, and personal development, behaviour and welfare.
The report states ‘the trust has not ensured that pupils experience a broad and balanced curriculum’ and that ‘pupils do not learn as well as they could or should’ because teaching is not consistently effective.
It also criticises the behaviour of students between lessons, saying ‘some pupils indulge in silly, thoughtless and, at times, boisterous behaviour’, and that the school needed to improve the understanding of the importance of not using homophobic or discriminatory language.
Inspectors said a prospectus for 2016, which was on the school website during the inspection in June, said pupils will study the national curriculum, including art and music, ‘yet pupils do not study either of these subjects’.
The prospectus also identified the school’s specialism to be STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but Ofsed said it ‘plays a very limited part in the curriculum’, adding ‘some parents and pupils, rightly, feel misled’.
Inspectors praised the school for working to reduce incidents of poor behaviour and improve attendance, an improvement in teaching and ensuring pupils are safe.
Update 28/9: Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy Executive Headteacher Gillian Coffey said: “The trust is extremely disappointed by the outcome of the Ofsted inspection and the key findings set out in its report.
“We expected the school to do much better and we would like to take this opportunity to apologise to pupils and parents for the issues highlighted by Ofsted.
“Although some progress has been made, it is clearly not good enough.
“It important that we focus on how we can improve matters as quickly as possible. We are therefore making significant changes to ensure rapid improvement.”
Mrs Coffey said these changes include the appointment of a new chairman of the trust, a new chairman of school governors and eight new members of staff. She said an improvement action plan is also be developed and will be shared with parents.
She added: “While there can be no excuses for the findings of the report, we are pleased to note that Ofsted considers that school leaders have worked effectively to reduce incidents of poor behaviour and improve attendance, that safeguarding is effective and pupils are developing a good understanding of democracy and the rule of law.
“While Ofsted says that teaching is improving as a result of leaders’ more effective monitoring, this needs to happen across all subject areas.”
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