Worthing school in special measures improves again

Head Andrew Jolley (centre) with deputy heads Jez Himsworth (left) and Ian Smith and pupils Tom Clark , Madeline Dickie , Florence Chalk and Giovanni Troncone W51035H11
Head Andrew Jolley (centre) with deputy heads Jez Himsworth (left) and Ian Smith and pupils Tom Clark , Madeline Dickie , Florence Chalk and Giovanni Troncone W51035H11

A WORTHING school which was placed in special measures by Ofsted has bounced back with its second positive monitoring inspection in a row.

Chesswood Middle School, in Chesswood Road, was placed into special measures following its full Ofsted inspection in February.

But following the school’s most recent monitoring visit, in November, Ofsted classified the progress made as “good”.

Head teacher Andrew Jolley said: “The school community is really pleased with the outcome of the second inspection since entering special measures.

“The report provides an overwhelmingly positive picture which stands as strong testimony to the efforts of leaders, staff and governors who have worked extremely hard in the past year to resolve many of the issues that faced the school.

“Children throughout the school have clearly demonstrated their willingness to meet higher expectations in all aspect of school life and again this is very clearly stated in the report.

“We acknowledge that practice throughout the school is not fully consistent yet but would expect that to be achieved by the end of this academic year when we expect to be considered a ‘good school’.”

Back in February, the school was told it needed to “improve the effectiveness of leaders, manager and the governing body”.

Other challenges faced by the school included “increasing the proportion of teaching and learning that is good” and “increasing the pace and challenge in lessons”.

In its first monitoring visit, in June, the progress made by the school was deemed “satisfactory”.

But in the new Ofsted report, based on the November visit of her majesty’s inspector David Edwards, it said since February two deputy head teachers had been appointed as well as two “phase leaders” and a new English subject leader.

It read: “Teachers are becoming more confident in their subject knowledge, planning takes account of their pupils’ entitlement, the differing learning needs of pupils and teachers adjust their plans accordingly.”

While the report was generally positive, it added “although teaching assistants work closely with teachers to provide good quality support, opportunities to contribute to the monitoring of pupils’ progress is less well embedded”. The school will receive monitoring visits each term until it is taken out of special measures.