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College rated as ´Inadequate´

By Warren Wilkins 13th September 2017

College rated as ´Inadequate´
Treviglas Community College has been branded ´Inadequate´.

A Newquay secondary school has gone from the best to the worst rating by the Government’s education watchdog in the space of four years.

Treviglas Community College, which achieved an Outstanding Ofsted report in 2013, has now been ranked as Inadequate by inspectors.

Lead inspector Andrew Lovatt deemed the overall effectiveness of Treviglas, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, as well as outcomes for pupils, as inadequate, while personal development, behaviour and welfare, and the 16 to 19 study programmes, required improvement.

The inspector concluded that Treviglas requires special measures being introduced because the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and those responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.

Treviglas, which will have two years to turn things around, will be working alongside Cornwall Council to make improvements and Ofsted inspectors are due to visit to evaluate progress.  

Mr Lovatt, in a summary of key findings, stated: “Pupils are underachieving significantly because the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the school is poor. Over the last three years, pupils have made insufficient progress from their starting points in most subjects, particularly in science, mathematics, history, geography and languages.

“Teachers have low expectations of what pupils can achieve. Too often, teachers fail to provide pupils with sufficient challenge to extend their learning. As a result, pupils do not make the progress they should.

“Teaching does not ensure that pupils, particularly boys, have consistently positive
attitudes to their learning. Pupils often fail to complete tasks they are set. When teachers provide feedback to pupils on how to improve their work, it is regularly ignored.

“Disadvantaged pupils make less progress than in the vast majority of schools nationally. Leaders are failing to ensure that disadvantaged pupils receive the quality of teaching they need to help them catch up with other pupils.

“Senior leaders do not ensure that staff, at all levels, are held to account for the quality of their work. Middle leaders do not make sure that there is a consistently high-quality of teaching across their teams.

“Senior leaders are failing to make clear to teachers their expectations of high-quality teaching, learning and assessment. They do not provide the necessary training staff require, nor do they monitor the quality of teaching effectively. Governors have failed to hold school leaders to account robustly for the dramatic decline in the school’s performance since the previous inspection. Leaders have not tackled the high level of absence that has been a feature of the school for some time. Too many girls and disadvantaged pupils are persistently absent.”

Mr Lovatt stated the strengths of Treviglas were that pupils are known as individuals by staff and benefit from a comprehensive package of support and care and the sixth form improving recently as a result of stronger leadership.

Treviglas acting headteacher Michelle Dunleavy has invited parents and carers to an
information meeting to discuss the Ofsted report tomorrow (Thursday) at 5pm.

Governors and staff at Treviglas have pledged to work together to address the areas for improvement and build on the strengths identified by Ofsted inspectors. These issues are being addressed in the school’s action plan, which is in the process of being finalised by governors and the leadership team in conjunction with the local authority.

Acting headteacher Michelle Dunleavy said: “We are, of course, extremely disappointed that the college has not secured a more positive judgement. We know from the Ofsted parent view survey conducted during the inspection that our parents and carers are strongly
supportive of Treviglas

Community College and our staff. Our key priorities for improvement are to improve the quality of teaching and learning across all subject areas. We will also be working hard on
improving attendance and we ask for support from every parent and carer in making sure their child attends school regularly.”

Chair of Governors, Theresa Frost, added: ”Everyone at Treviglas Community College is committed to addressing the issues identified by the inspectors and in ensuring thatTreviglas continues to be an energetic, inclusive and unique college. Both the local authority and the governing body will work together to provide every child at Treviglas with the best possible education.”

Newquay Tretherras, which is due an Ofsted inspection, previously achieved a Good
rating in September 2013.

By Warren Wilkins 13th September 2017

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