Government inspectors have branded teaching and student achievement at Filey School as “inadequate”, in a critical Ofsted report published today.
The report, which follows a surprise inspection at the end of March, summarises that the overall effectiveness of the Muston Road school is “inadequate” - and that its performance has declined since the last inspection.
The standard of teaching in many lessons is also branded “mundane” - although there was praise for the “positive impact” the new leaders, managers and governing body were having at the school already.
Inspectors state that the school has “serious weaknesses”, and the report lists a series of faults at the school.
The report states that:
• Over time, teaching has not enabled students to make the progress they should.
• Teachers are not expecting high enough standards from pupils.
• Teachers not providing enough marking guidance for students.
However, inspectors did credit several aspects of the school, with praise dished out for the new reading programme, school safety and the performance management systems implemented by school bosses.
Recently, the school has appointed a permanent headteacher following the shock departure of former head Andy Dickinson last year.
Dr Sue Morgan has been awarded the role permanently, after holding the position on an interim basis following his resignation.
Previously, Dr Morgan told the Mercury that she planned on improving the performance of the school, after league tables showed it was one of the worst performing in North Yorkshire.
And in a statement following the report, she said “I am proud to be taken on as permanent headteacher of Filey School and I am determined that its young people will receive the highest quality teaching possible.
“It is essential that students leave the school with the necessary qualifications and a wide range of enriching educational experiences that will set them up for the next stage of their lives in the wider world.
“Staff and governors have high ambitions for the school and are working hard in partnership with students and parents to achieve those ambitions.”
For a full summary of the report, and an interview with Dr Morgan, please see the Mercury next Thursday.