Leeds school in special measures after damning Ofsted inspection

Crawshaw School, Pudsey.
Crawshaw School, Pudsey.
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A SCHOOL has been plunged into ‘special measures’ after a damning inspection

Crawshaw School in Pudsey, was visited by Ofsted inspectors on January 21, who found teaching was inadequate, leadership poor, behaviour inadequate attendance poor and and classed the 1,030 pupils school as ‘inadequate’. The lack of a permanenet headteacher was found to hinder improvement.

The inspection comes six weeks after after headteacher Joanna Ruse quit her job in December.

The report, published on March 5, found: the proportion of students achieving five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, at GCSE level fell and was below average; The number of students regularly absent from school is much higher than average. The behaviour of students is inadequate; students are inadequately prepared for their future learning as their literacy and numeracy skills are underdeveloped.

It found teaching was inadequate and in too many lessons teachers set work that is too difficult for some students and too easy for others. This leads to inadequate progress.

Today Sean Preston, acting head at Crawshaw School, said: “Many of the issues highlighted by the inspectors were already known to the current leadership and management team of the school and clear steps had already been taken to address them. Our school improvement plan reflects these actions and it is disappointing that Crawshaw School was not afforded the time to be able to evidence the improvements made as a consequence of our work.

“Last year’s examination results were disappointing, especially after so much success over the previous five years. Early indications show that exam results this year will improve to around the level we were achieving when Ofsted graded the school ‘good’.

We believe the judgement of ‘inadequate’ is potentially very damaging for the school, however, the Governors, leadership team and the rest of the staff are committed to making the necessary improvements at Crawshaw. We know there are challenges ahead but we are united in our resolve to move the school forward.”

David Gillingham, Chair of Governors at Crawshaw School said: “As a school at the heart of our community, we look forward to working with parents, carers and the wider community to move Crawshaw forward. Ultimately, our aim is to provide the best education possible for the young people of Pudsey and their success will remain at the centre of everything we do.”

The school was previously given a ‘notice to improve’ and placed in special measures in 2006, but by 2010 had improved immenseley and gained its best exam results ever.

Crawshaw school has enlisted the support of Keith Bothamley, headteacher at Horsforth School to act as Executive Headteacher, to help strengthen leadership in response to the findings of the inspection.

Parent information evenings are being held at 7pm each night this week for varying age groups. See the school website for more details.

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