‘Inadequate’ school put in special measures by Ofsted

W09240H14 Globe Primary School
W09240H14 Globe Primary School

A PRIMARY school has been labelled ‘inadequate’ and placed under special measures following a damning report by education watchdog Ofsted.

Globe Primary School in Irene Avenue, Lancing, was criticised for providing ‘too much weak teaching’ by teachers with ‘poor mathematical knowledge’

Pupils’ achievement, teaching quality and the school’s leadership received rock-bottom marks, and pupils’ safety and behaviour was deemed ‘in need of improvement’.

Maths was heavily criticised: the report revealed that Year-6 pupils were failing to reach expected standards.

Progress in reading and writing was deemed too slow, with spelling and punctuation ‘often lacking’.

The report also revealed that brighter students were failing to make progress because the work being set was often too easy.

There were few positives in the scathing report, however the achievement and teaching of reception-class pupils was praised, as was the politeness of pupils and improving attendance levels.

In a brief statement, head teacher Heather Keeler said she was disappointed the judgment had been made

“We will focus on working closely with an inspector to achieve the milestones on the action plan and to move the Globe out of special measures as soon as possible,” she said.

Chairman of the school governors Linnette King said: “We must address all the issues raised and be open about what did not go well.

“The management team, staff and governors are determined to come out of special measures as quickly as possible.

“The next year will be challenging but we will emerge a better school.”

The school’s senior leadership team is working on an action plan with support of the governors, which it says will have ‘clear targets’ and ‘timely milestones’ to help measure progress.

MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton said he was surprised by the decision and concerned about the way the inspection had been carried out.

“I am keen to work closely with the staff, governors and parents to get to the bottom of how this happened and, more importantly, work with them to get the school back on the upward trajectory that it deserves,” said Mr Loughton.

“I have every confidence that with the right support this can be achieved quickly and effectively and I know the parents will share that confidence.”