Head of closing school which lost half of its staff in the last academic year complains to Ofsted over ‘requires improvement’ ruling

Beyton Middle School

Beyton Middle School

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A headteacher of a school which lost half of its staff in the last academic year as it moves towards closure has made a formal complaint to Ofsted over its recent ‘requires improvement’ ruling.

Anne Gardner says inspectors from the watchdog ‘failed to take account of pupil progress’ at Beyton Middle and the ‘challenges’ faced as it prepares to close next year in the move to two tier education.

She argues the report has ‘a number of contradictions and inconsistencies’ as it judges ‘the vast majority of pupils do not make good progress’ but then goes onto say ‘by the time pupils leave the school at the end of Year 8, attainment for most is in line with or better than that of pupils nationally’.

Mrs Gardner said: “The inspectors’ judgements are mainly focused on test results at the end of Year 6 which can only tell part of the story.

“We’re pleased that the inspectors have acknowledged we’ve been working well to improve standards of teaching and learning and that we’re effectively supporting pupils that struggle with English and maths.” She noted the loss of staff in the last academic year has made her ‘job more difficult’ but believes the school has ‘some quality teachers despite the challenges of School Organisation Review’.

Mrs Gardner added: “Over the next nine months upto the closure of the school we will continue to do our best for the children and we’re very grateful for the support we’ve received from parents, pupils and governors.”

A spokesman for Ofsted said: “Ofsted takes complaints about its inspection work very seriously. All complaints are investigated in line with the procedures published on our website.”