Langton’s School, in Hornchurch, is put in special measures by Ofsted
�A Hornchurch school has been placed in special measures after performing poorly in its latest Ofsted inspection.
Langton’s Junior School, in Westland Avenue, was rated inadequate – the lowest rating – for its overall effectiveness; achievement of pupils; quality of teaching; and leadership and management. Ofsted inspectors rated the behaviour and safety of the pupils as satisfactory.
The results have only just been released after the unannounced inspection in February and mean the council will have a greater control over the running of it, and training of staff until it improves.
Ofsted will carry out regular monitoring inspections every term to assess whether it has improved sufficiently.
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The Ofsted report said: “Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.”
It added that the school’s overall effectiveness was rated as inadequate because “leaders and managers have failed to secure effective teaching and, as a result, pupils’ achievement has declined.”
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Inspectors said that although pupils enter the school with “significantly above average attainment,” when they left their attainment was “no higher than average”.
They found that support was too limited, and insufficient progress was made because teaching was inadequate.
Ofsted added that the governing body and the school’s leaders and managers set unchallenging targets, and the decision two years ago to teach disabled pupils and those with special educational needs within the classroom was not accompanied by essential training for staff.
“Governance, strategic planning, self-evaluation and the leadership and management of teachers’ performance are weak because they fail to focus sufficiently on improving pupils’ achievement.”
Headteacher Simon Baker said: “We acknowledge that it is a disappointing outcome and our leadership team, staff and governors are determined to make the improvements required before the next Ofsted visit in the summer.
“A plan is already in place to rapidly make improvements, monitor progress on the main issues and to provide additional training for staff.
“We are also receiving continual support from the local authority to ensure we remain on track to make the improvements needed to take us out of special measures.
“I understand the concerns parents may have and will arrange to hold meetings to discuss our plans.”