Special measures placed on Gosport school after inspection

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A SCHOOL in Gosport has been put under special measures following a damming Ofsted report.

An inspection at Bridgemary School branded the academy ‘inadequate’ – the lowest possible grade.

Poor quality of teaching, bad behaviour of pupils and weak management are just some of the issues raised in the report.

Special measures is placed on a school when, it is considered, it fails to supply an acceptable level of education to students.

A statement from the school said: ‘Whilst we are disappointed with the special measures judgement at Bridgemary School, we have confidence in the tried and tested measures we have put in to place.’

The school said it is working closely with its academy sponsor, TKAT.

Bridgemary was first graded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in April 2013.

It hasn’t improved in three monitoring inspections over the last 18 months.

And in certain areas, such as pupil behaviour and leadership, it has worsened.

Hampshire education boss and Gosport councillor, Peter Edgar, has expressed his concern.

He said the county council has offered its support, though the school has yet to respond.

‘Obviously we’re very concerned if any of our schools get into difficulties, but where they’re an academy the situation has been taken out of our hands,’ he added.

‘They’re also very new to the academy business, and so have been finding it difficult to adapt to that.’

Inspectors said the academy’s headteacher, Vicki White, and senior leaders show that they have ‘the right visions to help the school to improve’.

A statement from the academy’s sponsor, TKAT, said: ‘Our commitment is to support every school to educational excellence and are confident that, by the next Ofsted inspection, the school will have shown accelerated progress.’

Ofsted report at a glance

- Teaching is inadequate or requires improvement. Work does not take sufficient account of pupils’ different abilities.

- Behaviour and safety are inadequate. Too many lessons are disrupted by poor behaviour. Teachers do not use the new behaviour policy consistently enough.

- Leadership and management are inadequate. n Teachers do not always expect enough of pupils. As a result, pupils do not make the progress they should in many subjects.

- Pupils achieve poor results that do not reflect their abilities. Achievement is inadequate.

- The areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection report have not been addressed quickly enough.

- The new headteacher and senior leaders have an accurate view of what the school needs to do to improve.