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IES Breckland found inadequate by Ofsted

IES Breckland found inadequate by Ofsted

Published: Monday 10th March 2014 at 16:20


IES Breckland was inspected by Ofsted in January of this year and the Ofsted report, which has now been published, has found the school to be inadequate and has placed in special measures.

In a letter home to parents on Monday Alison Tilbrook, principal of IES Breckland, wrote "International English Schools' assessment in late Autumn that the school must improve meant that by the time of the Ofsted inspection, changes were being made. The school was recruiting staff and reviewing policies in a drive to provide quality in education. 

"Ofsted's role was to judge the school it found on the day, rather than our plans for improvement. The ongoing staff recruitment and work which had begun to transform the school were, quite rightly, not under consideration. Likewise the fact that this short-term process will mean long-term gains could not affect the report.

"However, the changes we are now making in the school will have positive effects which will be felt by all. The task given to me as principal, which I have been glad to take, is to turn around the fortunes of this school, to support staff to improve, and to make beneficial recruitment decisions. This is a challenge for all involved, but one which we are equal to. The atmosphere in the school is fantastic and there is a real determination to succeed from staff and students. Our students are incredibly willing to learn and up to the challenge of working to achieve the best results they can. I would also like to thank the community for all the support they have given to me and to the school since my appointment as Principal was announced."

The Ofsted report will shortly be made public on their website. In the meantime there is a copy available to view at the school and some of the key points are listed below.

Summary of weaknesses identified in the Ofsted report into IES Breckland - January 21 and 22, 2014:

  • Too many students fail to make sufficient progress and they do not attain the standards of which they are capable.
  • Teaching is inadequate. It does not expect enough of the students. The work set for students is based on an inaccurate understanding of what they can do. In some instances, for example in English, the standard of students' work has declined since they started at the school.
  • Too many students have experienced frequent changes of teacher. In autumn 2013, the departure of some key staff, including the Principal, seriously disrupted the education provided by the school.
  • Behaviour is inadequate and disrupts some lessons. Students, parents and staff all expressed concern about misbehaviour.
  • The school's own evaluation of the quality of teaching and student achievement is inaccurate. The school has not been able to improve because school leaders have not assessed the school's performance adequately or devised strategies to improve it. The management of teachers' performance is ineffective. Improvement targets for individual teachers lack precision. Leaders rarely check whether teachers are making progress towards meeting their targets
  • Governors have not ensured that the school meets requirements to keep children safe. Governors have been inquisitive but insufficiently challenging. They do not know how well the school is doing.

Summary of strengths identified in the report:

  • Standards in mathematics are generally high.
  • Some teaching is outstanding which helps a few students to make exceptional progress.
  • The quality of the school's provision for students' spiritual and cultural education is good.

Click here to download the full Ofsted report.


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