Primary put in Ofsted special measures

May 30 2018

THE head teacher of May Park Primary School in Eastville has left after the school was rated inadequate by Ofsted.

Parents were told before half term that Paul Bull had decided to resign following the inspection which resulted in the school being placed in special measures.

Acting head teacher Gina De N’Yeurt  thanked families at a meeting and in the school newsletter for their overwhelming support  for moving the school forward and she thanked Mr Bull for all he had done for May Park Primary.

Mrs De N’Yeurt outlined a package of measures to bring about rapid improvement, including support from Sarah Allen, the head of Whitehall Primary and a National Leader of Education, specialist leaders from Bristol’s primary Teaching School, the local authority and experienced governors.  Teachers will receive short-term support and continued professional development  and experienced staff will be recruited.

A Bristol City Council spokesman told Fishponds Voice: “We have been supporting the school as they have already begun to make changes following the recent Ofsted inspection.  The staff are working hard to address the issues raised in this report and are in regular communication with parents to keep them updated of any progress.”

Four Ofsted inspectors visited the 723-pupil school in Coombe Road for two days in April and judged it to be inadequate in all areas: leadership and management; teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; pupil outcomes; and provision for early-years learners. 

They said that standards in reading, writing and maths at May Park had declined since the inspection in 2015,  when the school was rated good, and were now very low.

“Leaders are not rigorous enough in tackling the school’s weaknesses. They do not ensure that all is done to enable pupils to catch up, make good progress and achieve well,” the report said.

There was too much weak teaching, meaning that groups of children, including the most able, the disadvantaged, and those for whom English was not their first language, did not achieve the levels expected for their ages, Ofsted said. 

"Pupils are not challenged to think and do not engage with learning because expectations are too low and work is not matched to their needs," the report said. 

"Leaders do not successfully promote an ambitious and aspirational climate. Too little has been done to improve and secure successful outcomes for pupils in reading, writing and mathematics. As a result, too many pupils leave the school poorly prepared for their next steps."

The inspectors were critical of pupil behaviour and said the school did not tackle serious incidents well enough or learn from them. The level of pupil attendance was described as “stubbornly low”.

Ofsted acknowledged that parents appreciated the range of subjects on offer and the care that staff provided for pupils and noted that the school served a very diverse community and pupils quickly developed an understanding of other faiths and cultures. Safeguarding was also said to be effective.