Disappointment for Alford school after inspection

Alford Primary School. EMN-150216-110408001
Alford Primary School. EMN-150216-110408001

The headteacher of Alford Primary School has spoken of her disappointment after an appeal against a recent Ofsted downgrade went unheeded.

Following an inspection at the school in December, Ofsted decided to downgrade the school’s overall rating from its previous level two (‘good’) to a level three (‘requires improvement’).

In particular, the assessment suggested that improvements needed to be made in terms of leadership and management, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils. Lack of depth in particular subjects, plus ineffective use of additional funding for disadvantaged pupils, were cited as key reasons behind the low grade.

However, the behaviour and safety of pupils and early 
years provision received a ‘good’ rating, with particularly positive comments made with regards to good reading skills, high attendance and morale, and provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

After the publication of the results in late January, an appeal was launched immediately as the staff did not feel that the downgrade was a fair reflection on the school’s achievements.

However, the appeal was rejected by Ofsted earlier 
at the end of last week.

Headteacher Debbie Forster said: “Unfortunately, our complaint to Ofsted has not been upheld.

“Whilst as a school we recognise the strengths in the report, we are disappointed with the judgement overall as we feel it does not reflect our school and the results achieved over time.

“Our next steps are to continue to work relentlessly so that our children achieve the very best they can, and we hope that we will be 
re-inspected quickly and that the current situation can be redressed.”