Ofsted rating for town middle school disappoints trust

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The head of the body that runs a Morpeth middle school has said that action has already been taken in response to criticisms in a report.

Ofsted gave Chantry Middle School and Technology College a ‘requires improvement’ rating following an inspection in November.

It was deemed ‘good’ in the previous inspection in 2012, although new criteria has been introduced since then.

The report includes the following: ‘The achievement of pupils, particularly in writing and in mathematics, has declined in recent years.

‘The school’s systems for evaluating the quality of teaching are not effective and performance management arrangements have too little impact.’

The inspectors complimented the school for its work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, behaviour and welfare was rated as good and they said that a very large majority of parents, staff and pupils are highly supportive of the work of the school.

Executive headteacher of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, Simon Taylor, said: “We’re very disappointed with the outcome of the report, although the inspectors did praise many aspects of the school – particularly the enthusiasm, behaviour and attitude of the students.

“We have a very hard working and committed staff body at Chantry and I’m confident they will lead the necessary improvements, along with support from the learning trust.

“We have acted promptly to address all the areas identified as requiring improvement. The report will help the school to move forward and improve very quickly.

“The learning trust has high aspirations for Chantry to be rated good and, in time, outstanding to secure the best possible education for our students.”