Bristol school in special measures after failing to improve

A school’s inability to improve over the last two years has placed it in special measures

According to Bristol Live, the St Pius X RC primary school in Withywood has been placed in special measures.

The school was warned about its poor performance two years ago; now, Ofsted has given it the worst possible score as it has failed to show improvement.

Leadership, teaching, behaviour, outcomes and early years all failed to impress in the inspector’s report.

Ofsted said that leaders had ‘failed to tackle the weaknesses identified in the previous inspection.’

The report stated:

‘The chief inspector is of the opinion this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.

‘The school has been in decline for too long because its weaknesses are not being dealty with quickly enough by leaders and governors,’ Ofsted added.

‘Improvement is too slow and pupils continue to underachieve.

‘Pupils do not understand the principles of living in Britain today. They are unable to talk about the key features of democracy and have a limited recognition of members of the Royal Family.

‘Governors have failed to challenge the role of the executive headteacher in taking responsibility to develop the skills of the interim head of school with sufficient urgency to bring about swift improvement.

‘Governors do not have an accurate understanding of the effectiveness of the school.

‘Currently the quality of teaching varies considerably across the school. It is not strong enough in too many classes.’

Attendance is also low, with certain pupils regularly absent, and others getting ‘boisterous’ and putting ‘their safety at risk’ when unsupervised, according to Ofsted.

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