Worthing school ‘must’ take action

A WORTHING school has been told to take immediate action following an inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

St Andrew’s High School for Boys was deemed to require improvement when a full inspection was carried out in May last year.

Since then, three further monitoring inspections have taken place, the most recent on March 10.

This found that senior leaders and governors at the Sackville Road school are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified since the full inspection and plans are not sharply focused on rapidly bringing about improvement.

Inspector Lesley Farmer said: “The school should take immediate action to moderate teachers’ assessments and develop a clear understanding of what good teaching looks like and how to promote it.

“Link with a similar school judged to be good or better by Ofsted at its most recent inspection so that senior leaders, including the head teacher, can learn rapidly from most effective practice in raising achievement.

“Revise the school development plan so that the points for improvement.”

The inspection showed that since September the school had begun to address weaknesses in subject leadership and head teacher Steve Mercer has identified a target of 0ctober for a re-inspection from Ofsted with a judgment of good.

However, the report said: “In the light of the slippage in relation to actions yet to be taken and the level of challenge faced by leaders, it is unlikely that the target will be met.

“Furthermore, discussions with senior leaders revealed that there is disagreement within the senior team as to whether this target is realistic. “Such disharmony within the senior team is not helpful to the school.”

The school did not respond to requests for a comment.