Chipping Sodbury School still needs to improve after latest Ofsted inspection

January 31 2016

THE head teacher of Chipping Sodbury School said he was disappointed to be told by inspectors that it still required improvement. A recent assessment by a team from education organisation Ofsted rated it at the same level as in 2013.

THE head teacher of Chipping Sodbury School said he was disappointed to be told by inspectors that it still required improvement.
A recent assessment by a team from education organisation Ofsted rated it at the same level as in 2013.
Inspectors said the achievement of pupils, including sixth formers, had to improve. Boys were not making enough progress and there were little signs of improvement, while the school’s governors’ understanding of achievement was not sharp enough.
Lead inspector Stephen Smith said in his report: “The quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the school has declined and improvement has been too slow since the last inspection.
“Leaders have not had sufficient impact on the improvement of achievement or the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
“Teaching does not provide sufficiently high levels of challenge for all pupils, which limits the progress they are able to make.”
Mr Smith said leaders’ views of the standard of teaching and learning were too positive and they had not adopted a rigorous enough approach to improving them.
But he praised the behaviour and conduct of pupils and said they enjoyed positive relationships with staff.
Disabled pupils and students with special educational needs were well supported and the school was welcoming, while inspectors rated personal development, behaviour and welfare as good.
Head teacher Gareth Millington said: “We were disappointed to receive the same overall rating as our last inspection. We and Ofsted recognise that there is still work to be done to make this an outstanding school.
“The report emphasises that students behave well, enjoy coming to school and have excellent relationships with staff.”
He said a slight dip in last summer’s exam results against a rising trend and record results in 2013 and 2014 showed that not all pupils were doing as well as they should.
But he said: “Students are happy and the school is ambitious for each and every one. As a result, our year seven intake for both the current year and next year is almost full.
“Parents, students and staff can rest assured that the ethics and principles that have underpinned the school’s improvement over the past five years will continue to do so.”