Details emerge of of rescue plan for Colne Valley Specialist Arts College

FURTHER details have emerged of the rescue plan for Colne Valley Specialist Arts College.

Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite

FURTHER details have emerged of the rescue plan for Colne Valley Specialist Arts College.

Kirklees Council has been working on an action plan with leaders at the school since the Ofsted inspection of December 18 and 19 – even though the critical report was not made public until Tuesday.

Inspectors rated the Linthwaite secondary school as inadequate and placed it in special measures, meaning they believe the school needs to improve but cannot do so without outside help.

Kirklees Council’s education leaders are focusing on “the classroom experience” and pupils’ progress to ensure that each individual reaches his or her full potential.

They will be pushing forward improvements as quickly as possible.

The scathing Ofsted report criticised the school for, among other things, the quality of teaching and the low standards of pupils’ achievement, given their starting point when they arrive at Colne Valley.

The report also criticised the school leaders for having little impact and the governors for not doing enough.

Kirklees Council is concentrating its efforts on the key areas of: Teaching; Learning; Strategic leadership; Management; Governance.

A council spokesman said: “Since the inspection in December, we have been working very closely with members of the school’s leadership team and putting in place the right level of support to help them move forward quickly.

“This has particularly focused on the classroom experience and pupil progress, supporting teachers in getting the best out of all students.

“We have developed plans that address the key areas of weakness identified by Ofsted. Leadership at the school is being supported by senior education officers from the council.

“A major priority is to ensure that the effective practice already in place at the school is shared more widely, so that all lessons reflect the best practice seen at Colne Valley.

“Our aim is to secure more consistent standards and a rapid improvement where needed.”

The spokesman added: “It is important to remember that good practice was also seen during the inspection, that the school has just achieved its best-ever GCSE results and that a number of issues were already being addressed before the inspection took place.”

Four Ofsted inspectors made their damning report after a comprehensive two-day visit.

They observed 47 lessons, looked at students’ work, listened to them read and had meetings with groups of students and school leaders. They spoke with the governing body, local authority and considered the opinions of 12 parents who made their views known on-line at Parent View.

 

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