Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre rated Inadequate by Ofsted

Another school in the Bournville area has been rated inadequate by Osfted and placed in special measures.

Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre has published the report from Ofsted following its inspection in September. The school has low expectations of its students, the report says, and teaching is: “either inadequate or requires improvement.”

The report comes after St Joseph’s Junior and Infant School on Selly Oak road was also labelled as inadequate.

Although the school is praised for the number of students who find work or carry on in education after leaving, the report says that the “relationships between senior and subject leaders and staff are poor.”

The school governors are accused of failing to find out what was happening in the school: “the governing body has not questioned the school’s leaders robustly enough about students’ achievement; the decline in performance has not been investigated and they have not checked on how well groups of students are doing.”

Pupil behavoiur was also an issue with: “A small but significant number of younger students told inspectors they did not feel safe around the school grounds.”

In a letter published last month the new headteacher, Alistair McMillan, anticipating the outcome of the report, warned parents that “the school requires swift action to improve.”

A meeting at the school for parents has been called for Thursday evening, 7th November.

In its previous inspection in 2012 the school received a rating of ‘good’. The school has 1150 pupils with 150 in its sixth form.

Parents at the school had previously fought a campaign against the school becoming an academy.