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'Inadequate' rating disputed

Thurlby Primary School is challenging an Ofsted inspection rating which judged the school ‘inadequate.’

The September full inspection follows a short inspection four months before, which rated the school ‘good.’

Headteacher Graham Clegg said he and governors were ‘extremely disappointed’ with the latest rating, especially with it coming so soon after a ‘good.’

Mr Clegg said: “We are working very closely with the local authority and also following the formal Ofsted complaint procedures. In our opinion the best outcome for the school would be for a re-inspection.

Calling on parents to read the full report, he said the judgement based on a ‘snap shot’ two day visit does not reflect on the effectiveness of the school.

“We will continue to work through the process of challenging the judgement based upon the evidence available.”

Mr Clegg said the Ofsted report does highlight many positive aspects, particularly in relation to preparing pupils for life, their welfare and trusting relationships.

The DfE’s school league table data, released in December, should show outcomes have improved for pupils in terms of rates of progress and attainment since last year. This would contradict reported findings that there has been a period of decline in this area.

Mr Clegg also claimed data analysis of attainment over the last three years shows an upward trend in reading and writing, with both in line with national figures for expected standards. Figures for reading and maths regarding ‘greater depth’ is above the national average, while writing shows a rising trend and in line with national figures.

He added: “Against this background, some of the data analysis by Ofsted is particularly harsh.”

Ofsted rated the school ‘inadequate’ for overall effectiveness and also inadequate for the effectiveness of its leadership and management.

It also said its teaching quality, personal development, outcomes for pupils and early years provision also ‘requires improvement.’

Leaders were criticised for not enough planning and checking, governors did not hold leaders to account, senior leaders were not ensuring enough training.

Pupil attendance was too low, teaching quality is inconsistent, and they did not promote writing and maths well enough. Assessments were also not used well enough.

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