Watchdog says school needs to improve

Headlands School Head Teacher Sarah Bone. --
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Headlands School Head Teacher Sarah Bone. -- NBFP PA1450-9b

A Bridlington school still “requires improvement” after the education watchdog found some pupils do not make good enough progress.

Ofsted says Headlands School still needs to improve in all of the five areas in which it was inspected last December, giving the school an overall rating of “requires improvement”.

The report, which was published on January 18, also found: work does not challenge pupils well enough for them to make good progress, teaching requires improvement, a poor attendance by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, subject leaders having not checked the quality of teaching well enough to make sure pupils’ outcomes are good and a lack of consistently good leadership in the sixth form.

It means Ofsted’s ratings remain unchanged since Headland’s previous inspection in 2013, when every area was also deemed as “requires improvement”.

But the school’s headteacher, Sarah Bone, said Ofsted had praised Headlands in number of other areas.

She said: “Inspectors reported that our students are polite, friendly, get on well with one another and enjoy coming to our school.

“Indeed over 50 per cent of our students attend 100 per cent of the time, the national average for this benchmark being 43 per cent.”

Other strengths highlighted in the report saw an improvement in the achievement of pupils - particularly in maths and english - and vulnerable pupils were “well cared for”.

The report adds: “Systems to check pupils’ achievement are more rigorous than in the past. “Staff have a more accurate picture of those who are falling behind and need extra help.

“The headteacher and governors are ambitious for pupils. They have taken decisive action to improve teaching and subject leadership. Their work has strengthened the school’s capacity for further improvement.”

Mrs Bone thanked pupils, parents and carers for their “ongoing support and commitment to our thriving school community”.

The headteacher also congratulated pupils after 90 per cent for year 11 secured an A* to C grade in their English language GCSE exams, which could place Headlands School in the top five per cent nationally.