This Is An Inadequate School

This is an inadequate school

The Ofsted School Report on Ormskirk School May 2019

Overall effectiveness Inadequate
Effectiveness of leadership and management Inadequate
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Requires improvement
Outcomes for pupils Requires improvement
16 to 19 study programmes Requires improvement
This is an inadequate school

Since the last inspection, leaders and governors have been too slow to bring about improvement.  Over this period, leaders and teachers have not been held to account effectively for the progress and welfare of the pupils in their care. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not make the progress that they should. Teaching is not consistently good. Pupils do not have enough time to reflect on their work and make improvements. Teachers do not consistently support pupils to develop accuracy and fluency in their writing. When teaching is not effective, teachers do not plan for learning that meets pupils’ needs and eliminate gaps in pupils’ knowledge, including in the sixth form. Pupils’ work is sometimes of poor quality; it is untidy, often unfinished and sometimes tasks are missing, particularly for boys.

Occasionally, bullying is not dealt with effectively by staff. Teachers have not used school policies effectively. As a result, pupils’ behaviour has declined since the previous inspection. A minority of pupils behave inappropriately in social areas and corridors. When teachers’ expectations are too low, activities fail to capture pupils’ interest. Pupils stop working and disrupt learning. This is not challenged consistently by teachers. The proportion of pupils who have been excluded for a fixed period is higher than the national average, particularly for disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND. The proportion of pupils who are regularly absent from school is high, particularly for disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND. Over time, in the sixth form, leaders’ actions have not had enough impact on improving teaching and outcomes for academic courses.

In accordance with section 44(2) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires significant improvement, because it is performing significantly less well than it might in all the circumstances reasonably be expected to perform.

The current headteacher has been in post since Easter 2019 and, after only 20 days, is already having a positive impact on the school.

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