Birkbeck graded ‘inadequate’ after inspection

Birkbeck School and Community Arts College. EMN-150326-120646001
Birkbeck School and Community Arts College. EMN-150326-120646001

Birkbeck College in North Somercotes has been placed into special measures after it was deemed ‘inadequate’ in 
a recent Ofsted inspection.

The school received a grade 4 (‘inadequate’) for overall effectiveness, which is a drop from the grade 3 (‘requires improvement’) that it had received at its previous Ofsted inspection in 2013.

The latest inspection results were published last 
week, with Ofsted citing serious concerns about leadership, quality of teaching, and attainment.

However, some strengths were recognised including the caring, nurturing environment for all pupils.

Headteacher Lynda Dobson said: “While we are disappointed at the report and accept that there are some areas where we need to improve, we are confident that we can make rapid progress and take the school out of special measures.

“It’s frustrating that Ofsted have made the judgement against a number of highlighted strengths and we are determined that 
these will help us to move forward quickly.

“We have already made steps to tackle those areas identified for improvement and parents can be assured the school is providing and will continue to provide good quality teaching and learning for their children.”

She added: “It’s good to see that the very essence of Birkbeck – our close, nurturing relationships which result in our students willing to take on leadership roles within the school and 100 per cent leaving us to go on to employment, training or further education – has been recognised.”

“It’s a real shame that the strengths of the school, which outweigh the weaknesses, will not be remembered against such a judgement.”

Deputy headteacher Diana Dykes added that Birkbeck is in talks regarding a possible move towards academy 
status, but that this process was already underway prior to the Ofsted inspection.