Chichester primary school determined to improve after ‘inadequate’ Ofsted

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  • Central Junior School’s Ofsted rating has dropped from good to inadequate
  • Head teacher Andrew Goff has been replaced by acting head teacher Sam Kennedy
  • The school has vowed to turn itself around and move forward

CHICHESTER’S Central Junior School has vowed to turn itself around after being labelled ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

The school sent a letter to parents this week informing them of the news.

We are committed, as a hard-working and positive team, to turn the school around and move forward and address key issues

Sam Kennedy, acting head teacher

Head teacher Andrew Goff has been replaced by acting head teacher Sam Kennedy.

“Although we are disappointed with the outcome of the inspection, we are pleased with the positive comments made about our support for children with additional needs and where good learning was observed,” said Mrs Kennedy.

The school’s Ofsted grade has dropped from ‘good’.

After their inspection in February, inspectors said head teacher Andrew Goff, who is no longer at the school, did not ensure that issues had been tackled and pupils’ progress had declined.

Mrs Kennedy added: “We are committed, as a hard-working and positive team, to turn the school around and move forward and address key issues.”

A ‘focused action plan and additional support’ has been put in place at the school after Ofsted said improvements were needed.

The school has emphasised at all times results have remained well above the minimum standards and above national averages.

Along with West Sussex County Council and the Diocese of Chichester, the school said it had already engaged in arranging a full process of support and implementing a focused action plan to build upon the positive actions that have already been put in place.

“The governors and staff are fully committed in addressing the issues and action points raised in the report, and the local authority has expressed confidence that with all the measures in place Central will recover its ‘good’ rating by summer 2016,” said the school in a statement.

Ofsted said it was impressed by support given to disabled pupils at the school and those with special educational needs.