Ofsted puts two Portsmouth schools on special measures status

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TWO schools in Portsmouth have plunged into special measures following an Ofsted inspection blitz.

It came as Portsmouth City Council was targeted as one of the worst-performing authorities in the country in terms of the number of children attending good or outstanding schools.

Six schools were inspected and a telephone survey was held with 12 schools in a focused week of inspections in the city.

And City of Portsmouth Girls’ School and Somers Park Primary School have both been deemed inadequate, and put into special measures.

Devonshire Infants and Fernhurst Juniors went from satisfactory to good, while Priory School in Southsea went up from inadequate to ‘requires improvement’.

Stamshaw Juniors still requires improvement.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘It was unacceptable that these schools weren’t delivering the standard of education required for children and parents. It’s clear that they need to perform better.

‘Both schools are pushing towards becoming academies.

‘As an authority we will continue to support them to make sure that they do improve.

‘Of course I’m disappointed that they came back in special measures but it wasn’t unexpected. The authority has been monitoring these particular schools.

‘It’s confirmed that we have identified them and know we can do something about it to move them forward.’

The City of Portsmouth Girls’ school has recently appointed Denise Shepherd as headteacher.

She said: ‘While we are all disappointed by the Ofsted, it’s about moving forward. It’s about the future of these children and those who are a part of City Girls.’

Jan Fleming, headteacher at Somers Park Primary added: ‘It was a tough outcome but I’m very proud of our children and staff.

‘We have known for a while now that we wanted to do even more than we were and we are going to be joining the Ark academy. I’m really positive about it and so are our parents and children.’

Now, 68 per cent of pupils attend a school assessed good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared with 49 per cent at the time of Ofsted’s annual report.

Cllr Wood added: ‘An increasing number of our schools are improving and this is also acknowledged by Ofsted. Well done to the staff, pupils and governors at Devonshire Infant, Fernhurst Junior and Priory Secondary schools who were assessed as improving.’