Ofsted monitoring visit for Worthing school

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A WORTHING school has had its first monitoring visit by Ofsted since it was placed into special measures.

Chesswood Middle School’s last inspection was given the lowest grade of “inadequate” and the school was told to make immediate improvements by the education watchdog.

Inspectors revisited the Chesswood Road school on June 22 and 23 for a monitoring assessment and found “satisfactory” improvements had been made.

Her Majesty’s inspector David Edwards, said: “The head teacher has rightly identified the focus of the school’s work must remain on improving the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school. He has worked to systematically address each area recommended for improvement and has a clear vision and ambition for the school.”

However, the inspector said the quality of teaching throughout the school “remains variable” and mostly satisfactory or good teaching was observed. However, he said some teaching, mainly in younger year groups, remains inadequate.

The inspector said the restructuring of the governing body and new governor appointments have “strengthened its capacity to improve” and because the role of teaching assistants has been reviewed, they are “working more closely with teachers to provide good quality support” which is focused on supporting pupils’ independent learning.

Head teacher Andrew Jolley said he was pleased with the outcome of the visit.

He said: “The affirmation by the inspector that leaders have a clear vision and ambition for the school, have rightly focused their efforts and worked systematically on these is very much welcomed.

“The report notes the school has made satisfactory progress overall and against each of the core recommendations identified by Ofsted – bearing in mind the breadth of issues, this is a genuine achievement.”

Mr Jolley said the school will now “focus increasingly on securing consistently good learning and teaching throughout”, and changes had been made to the curriculum to support high-quality teaching.

He added: “The year-six statutory tests indicate both attainment and progress have improved on results from recent years, particularly in writing and maths, indicating some of the changes are beginning to support improved outcomes for children at Chesswood Middle School.”