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Romford school requires ‘Special Measures’ after damning Ofsted report

09:00 15 February 2014

A school will be placed in special measures after it was deemed “inadequate” by regulators Ofsted in a damning report.

Rise Park Junior School in Annan Way, Romford was inspected by the education watchdog in September and results published last week highlighted a number of failings.

The report calls the quality of day-to-day teaching “inadequate” and states pupils do not make “good progress” in mathematics due to teachers’ “weak” subject knowledge.

Feedback from teachers was deemed “insufficient” in helping children improve their work and not enough challenging work is provided for more able pupils, according to the report.

It went on to state: “Leadership and management, including governance, are weak and improvements in teaching have been too slow. The monitoring of teaching lacks rigour.”

It continued: “Leaders, including governors, have not ensured that pupils’ progress has accelerated quickly enough.”

The inspection team observed 19 lessons and behaviour around the school and at play times.

Informal discussions with parents and carers, as well as pupils, also took place.

Ofsted rate schools 1-4 (4 being the worst) on a number of factors. Achievement of pupils was rated 3, quality of teaching 4, behaviour and safety of pupils 3 and leadership and management 4.

Cllr Paul Rochford, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “This is a very disappointing Ofsted report and we have met with parents and the governing body this week to discuss it.”

All Ofsted reports can be accessed at ofsted.gov.uk.

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