Ofsted failure fears at school

By Emily Pearce

Monday, February 25, 2013

 

Ofsted failure fears at school

Sandown Bay Academy.

EXTRA teacher training sessions will be held at Sandown Bay Academy, amid speculation the school has failed its Ofsted inspection.

The Ofsted report has not yet been published but parents have voiced fears the school may be given a notice to improve or even placed in special measures, following its inspection last month.

A letter sent to parents two weeks ago, signed by chairman of governors John Gansler, said: "Our conversations with the Ofsted team have confirmed our commitment to improving teaching and therefore the learning of your children in the classroom. With that in mind, we are holding two extra development days to provide focused training for teachers and teaching assistants.

"As you know, there are some areas of the school where recruitment has been a problem. Let me assure you we are very actively seeking to fill these vacancies and are searching widely on the mainland for suitable recruits.

"I hope you will agree we need to do all we can to ensure a high standard of teaching for the benefit of your children."

The development days were originally scheduled for later in the year but were brought forward as a result of the Ofsted inspection. Exam classes will run as usual and students will be set a significant amount of work to complete at home, according to a school spokesman.

Sandown Bay Academy is recruiting a new principal. Applications have been shortlisted and the successful candidate is due to be announced next month. Acting head Shaheen Khan-Jones has stated publicly she would like the job.

l Cowes Enterprise College was placed in special measures by Ofsted last month, after the quality of teaching was found to be inadequate.

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