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Gosberton Academy 'requires improvement', according to Ofsted report




A number of improvements are needed at Gosberton Academy after an inspection found that "the quality of education is not good enough in all subjects".

Ofsted's first report on the school since it joined the Boston Witham Academy Federation in September 2016 also claimed that its "curriculum in some subjects is too narrow".

The report, published on Monday after a two-day inspection last month, did state that pupils at the village school "are happy and safe, good relationships exist between pupils and staff, achievements in class are "well-rewarded" and most pupils leave the school with good standards of English and maths.

POOR OFSTED: Gosberton Academy, part of the Boston Witham Academies Federation, 'requires improvement' in four out of five areas, according to a report on a two-day inspection in October.
POOR OFSTED: Gosberton Academy, part of the Boston Witham Academies Federation, 'requires improvement' in four out of five areas, according to a report on a two-day inspection in October.

But the report went on to criticise school leaders for not giving teachers "enough help to know what they need to include" when planning lessons.

Helen Joyce, the federation's acting chief executive officer, said: "Ofsted’s inspection framework has changed in this academic year, with schools being inspected under a very different system from September 1.

"In its final report, collated at the start of October, Ofsted stated that Gosberton Academy requires improvements in some areas, while recognising that pupils are 'happy and safe', 'adults care for them well', and 'pupils and staff enjoy very positive relationships'.

"The report also stated that when pupils leave the school 'most have achieved well in English and mathematics as the quality of education has improved in these subjects'.

"Alongside this, arrangements for safeguarding at the school were found to be effective, with leaders being understanding and supporting families’ needs.

"Although the school's phonics' (a method of learning to read words) curriculum was identified in Ofsted’s inspection, 80 per cent of Year 1 children passed the phonics screening check.

"In addition, Gosberton Academy’s Key Stage 2 results show that 95 per cent of pupils left with the expected levels in maths, 85 per cent in writing and 75 per cent in reading, with the school's combined score being 70 per cent - higher than the national average.

"These 2019 results were the highest they have been since the merger of the Phoenix Federation of Schools with the Boston Witham Academies Federation and during the past 18 months, we also invested over £129,000 into the creation of an outdoor sports, play and gym area at Gosberton Academy.

"Arrangements for safeguarding at the Academy were found to be effective, with Leaders understanding and supporting families’ needs.

"We accept Ofsted’s recent findings and all staff at Gosberton Academy continue their commitment to ensuring they offer the best possible education to the community."

The Ofsted report said: "Pupils at this school are happy and safe, adults care for them well, pupils and staff enjoy very positive relationships and the arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

"By the time pupils leave the school, most have achieved well in English and mathematics as the quality of education has improved in these subjects.

"However, this is not the case in all subjects and in some of them, the curriculum is too narrow.

"Pupils do not learn enough about the world, their own or other cultures and in some subjects, such as history and geography, leaders have decided what pupils should learn.

"But leaders have not given teachers enough help to know what they need to include when planning their learning."

The report lists seven areas for the school to improve in, including "a curriculum that is ambitious and broad".

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