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Must do better: De La Salle told to improve by Ofsted
1:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A RESPECTED secondary school has been told it must raise its game by Ofsted inspectors.
De La Salle, in Eccleston, dropped from its previous ranking of good to requiring improvement following a visit by education watchdogs last month.
Of particular concern is the progress of pupils in subjects such as English, while more teaching needs to consistently reach levels of good or outstanding.
The outcome will add to the debate about the standards of education in the borough’s secondary schools, a matter which has led to the creation of an education task group by St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald.
He wants every high school to strive for an excellent ranking amid concerns that too many youngsters are underachieving.
De La Salle School has taken the inspectors’ criticisms on the chin and vowed to make the necessary improvements.
Head teacher Will Daunt said there was mitigation, in that the inspection visit came just days into the new September term and that the school had only recently completed the move into new buildings at the Mill Brow site, following a two-and-a-half year redevelopment.
In a letter to De La Salle parents he said the school had already set out an action plan to drive the changes and improvements which are required.
The inspection report, based largely on the observation of 47 lessons over two days, also cites a drop in pupils gaining five A to C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths, from 68 per cent in 2011 to 61per cent in 2013.
Ofsted called for improvements in pupil achievement, teaching and management.
Behaviour and pupil safety, however, were ranked as good and the school was praised for its caring and supportive environment.
No pupils have been permanently excluded in the past decade.
Pupils are “polite and courteous” and there is some outstanding teaching, particularly in performing arts and maths, added the report.
Inspectors also found students with special educational needs are well supported and the school helps to widen children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
However, on the downside they found that teachers’ marking does not always make it clear where pupils can improve, the monitoring of teaching is not rigorous enough and students need to be given clearer targets in order to drive achievement.
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