Ofsted demands improvements at Caedmon

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Another of Whitby’s secondary schools has been given notice to improve by education chiefs.

Caedmon School has come under fire from Ofsted inspectors who visited the school last month.

The damning report - which says every area that was inspected “requires improvement” - comes just weeks after the results of an inspection at Eskdale School were published.

It has also been noted in the report that school governors and management had been more focussed on the re-organisation of education in Whitby than on the school itself.

Less than a month ago Caedmon School and Whitby Community College announced plans to merge as Eskdale continues to seek independence from the local authority and become an academy.

According to the report, achievement of pupils requires improvement because there is a weakness in the development of maths skills across the school; reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are not developed to a high enough level and the progress of some learners is not rapid enough.

When assessing quality of teaching inspectors said: “Too much teaching at the school requires improvement, and a small amount is inadequate.”

The work set for some pupils is too easy while for others it is too hard and teachers don’t make good use of assessment information, failing to monitor how well pupils are doing.

Marking is said to be “superficial” while “teachers look for and accept answers which are too simple”. It is also noted the school does not share best practice so weaker teachers don’t learn from the best teachers.

The behaviour of pupils is also slammed. The report says: “In a number of lessons, the poor behaviour of a few interrupts the learning and students fail to make good progress. Teachers do not always manage this well and so sometimes disrupts the learning of others.”

In some subjects students do not come prepared to learn and too many students flout the uniform policy.

In relation to the leadership and management of Caedmon - that has been pre-occupied with the merger proposals.

The report says: “The records of meetings of the governing body show that far too much of their time has been spent discussing the potential reorganisation of education in the town.”

It adds that the school’s own judgement of teaching is “overly optimistic.”