Ofsted inspectors tell Eskdale to improve

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Eskdale School has been told it “requires improvement” by education bosses who inspected the 11 to 14 school earlier this month.

The findings of the Ofsted inspection which was carried out over November 3 and 4 was posted on the Department for Education website on Tuesday.

Out of the five categories which are scrutinised, four were deemed as “requires improvement”.

They were: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; outcomes for pupils and the overall effectiveness at previous inspection.

Inspectors observed 21 lessons over the two days , scrutinised pupils’ work books, met with the headteacher, governors, pupils and parents. They also looked at school policies.

They concluded that quality of teaching, learning and assessment is inconsistent and pupils, numbers of which stand at 302, do not make good progress in all subjects because they are not challenged and expectations are too low.

Teachers do not always use progress information or school marking policy to good effect, which is slowing pupil progress.

Leaders and governors have not addressed weaknesses in quality of teaching while the school approach to development planning does not enable them to measure improvement actions effectively.

However, personal development and welfare was rated “good” and Eskdale was praised for improvements being made in leadership, quality of teaching and progress of girls.

The report said: “Pupils are well looked after in this very caring school. The behaviour of pupils is good. Staff an parents support this view.”

In order to improve the school was told to raise achievement so it is consistently good in all subjects, especially for boys and increase the rigour of monitoring and evaluation and development planning. The Gazette asked North Yorkshire County Council for a comment but had no response at the time of going to press. Eskdale was previously inspected in December 2013.