All Saints which has received a “frankly challenging” report from Ofsted has said it fully accepts the finding and is ready for the task of dramatically improving the school.
All Saints’ School was inspected by OFSTED on 1st and 2nd May. The Inspection Team judged the school to be inadequate in all areas and the school has been placed into Special Measures.
Harry Turner, Chair of the Interim Executive Board said:
“The school’s leadership and Interim Executive Board fully accept the findings of this frankly challenging report by OFSTED and are ready for the challenge of ensuring that All Saints’ School becomes an outstanding school.
“Already, since the inspection, we have been looking for opportunities to make positive changes, including some already made to the leadership of the school. We have already actioned a new behaviour policy, improvements to safeguarding and new systems to drive improvement.
“Mr Broadway, the Headteacher, has been suffering from ill health since January and this has created a capacity issue for the remaining members of the leadership team to lead the change required by the OFSTED inspection. We have been grateful for the input of Queen Elizabeth’s School and in particular Mr Martin McLeman, Headteacher, and Mr Brian Boyes, Deputy Headteacher, who have reviewed the structures of the school and helped the school address the issues raised by OFSTED.
“A key issue was the capacity of the Governing Body to effectively monitor how the school was performing. It has been under strength for some time and we are extremely grateful for their efforts to help the school amidst their own demanding professions. It has become clear, however, the school will need additional capacity to oversee the improvements required.
“The Diocesan Board of Education and Dorset Council have determined that a more experienced governing body is needed to move the school back into the ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED category. An Interim Executive Board has been appointed which will ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is maintained. This group of experienced governors will help formulate an Action Plan, overseen by Mr McLeman, to accelerate the school’s rate of progress.”
Brian Boyes, Acting Headteacher said:
“The report identifies five main areas for improvement: Safeguarding, Effectiveness of Leadership and Management, Quality of Teaching, Personal Development, and Outcomes. The action plan will address all these issues in great detail and depth, ensuring that rapid and sustained progress is secured.
“Progress has already been made in the few weeks since the Inspection, with improvements in safeguarding already actioned, a new behaviour policy about to be launched and systems in place to ensure that teaching and learning standards improve rapidly.
“We are extremely grateful for the effort, support and direction of the Governing Body and trust that the new governance will work in the best interests of the pupils, parents and staff of All Saints School, seeking to maintain our unique ethos within the local community and deliver an outstanding education for all of our students.”