Inspectors tell Casterton school to improve in all areas

Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Great Casterton. File picture.
Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Great Casterton. File picture.
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Casterton Business and Enterprise College has been told it must improve after dropping two grades in its latest inspection.

Ofsted visited the school in Great Casterton on November 18 and 19, releasing their report on Wednesday.

The school was given requires improvement grades in all five key inspection criteria. At the previous inspection in November 2010 the school was rated outstanding.

Inspectors found a number of problem areas on their most recent visit. They said achievement in English was not good and pupils were not making enough progress, especially in writing.

They found disadvantaged pupils were not doing as well as their classmates and the quality of teaching over time had not led to good progress. The report said teachers “do no always have high enough expectations for what all students can achieve.”

Inspectors said results at the school’s sixth form partner Rutland County College were below average and pupils had not made enough progress. They found many disadvantaged pupils, those in the sixth form and with special educational needs did not attend school often enough.

The report said leaders and governors had not made improvements quickly enough, extra funding for Year 7 literacy had not been effective enough and governors had not made sure senior staff were doing enough to improve priority areas.

Inspectors did praise progress in maths and science, recent improvements in sixth form results and the safety and social development of pupils.

Principal Victoria Crosher and the governing body have been given a long checklist of improvements that need to be made before the next inspection in two years’ time.

The new requires improvement grade, which replaced the satisfactory rank, means the school is not yet rated good, but it is not inadequate. It is the third grade of four available, behind outstanding and good and above inadequate.

Mrs Crosher said she would speak to governors about preparing a response to the report.

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