A local primary school has been placed in special measures by Ofsted after receiving a rating of ‘Inadequate’ in its most recent inspection.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School on Selly Oak road had previously been rated as ‘Good’ but has now been downgraded after its teaching for Key Stage 1 pupils was described as inadequate.
The report also labelled the school’s leadership and management as inadequate: “because leaders, managers and governors have not acted swiftly enough to improve teaching and address the decline in attainment in Key Stage 1.”
In a packed meeting on Tuesday night many parents reacted angrily to the news and sought answers from the governors and headmistress Rachel Gould. However, many parents were also supportive of the school and argued that Ofsted’s inspection came in the first week of term when pupils hadn’t settled into their new classes properly.
The school draws pupils from Bournville, Kings Norton and further afield and has a single class intake each year. It has a below average number of pupils receiving free school meals or with special educational needs.
The report praised achievement at Key Stage 2 and in reception, saying that: “pupils demonstrate good attitudes to learning. They are interested in the topics and pay close attention to their teachers.”
The school was also praised for its record on pupil safeguarding with the report noting that: “Pupils say they feel very safe at school. Incidents of bullying are exceedingly rare and pupils know exactly what to do if they have concerns, including over the use of the internet and social networking.”
The school is part of a consortium of catholic schools which intend to join a Catholic Multi Academy Company. As a consequence of entering Special Measures the school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
You can read the full report on the Ofsted website: www.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/2275773/urn/103448.pdf