Primary school judged inadequate by Ofsted to become an academy

March 29 2018

A YATE school is set to become an academy after being placed in special measures by education watchdog Ofsted.

Tyndale Primary School was judged to be inadequate after a recent inspection.

School leaders said they were “extremely disappointed” with the overall outcome and headteacher Angie Ritchie, who joined the school in 2016, pledged to stay on and see it improved.

In a letter to parents and carers, she said: “Over the past year, many of you have made numerous comments about the positive changes we have made and many of you have shared with us that you are pleased with your child’s improved progress.

“The end of year results will prove we are well on the way to ensuring Tyndale is a successful school. 

“Tyndale needs stability and it is my intention to continue to lead this school on its continued journey of improvement.” 

In a statement from Mrs Ritchie and governors, they said Government policy was that all schools placed in special measures should become academies.

They said: “The governing body at Tyndale will be working with the local authority and the regional schools commissioner to find the best academy sponsor for the school. 

Ofsted’s report showed that the school in Tyndale Avenue had dropped from a rating of good at its previous inspection to inadequate.

It said standards had declined significantly and weak teaching resulted in too few pupils reaching expected or higher standards at the end of each key stage.

Lead inspector Catherine Beeks said: “The school has undergone a period of considerable instability in recent years, with several changes of leadership and teaching staff.

“Current leaders and governors have worked hard to eliminate weak teaching but their actions have not been swift enough to ensure that pupils make strong progress in all subjects.

“Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special education needs or disabilities make slow progress because they are catching up from a legacy of ineffective teaching.”

 She said too few pupils, especially the most able, achieved of their best, the curriculum was poorly planned and monitored and governors were unclear about how the school needed to improve.

But she said the head and her deputy had worked hard to address pupils’ behaviour and their determination had led to changes which had improved the culture of the school.

 It also said pupils were well looked after, polite and welcoming.

Deborah Williams, chairwoman of governors, said: “We are unwavering in our commitment to turn the school around and improve outcomes for all our pupils.”