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Broadstone Middle School Ofsted Report

Broadstone Middle School in Poole has been graded as having serious weaknesses following an inspection by Ofsted.

The school, in Broadstone, provides education for children aged nine – 13. 

The inspection, in early October 2013 consisted of a team of three inspectors who identified that the school needed to make improvements in three main areas. These are improving pupil progress, particularly in writing, improving the quality of teaching with a focus on expected pupil learning and improving the rigour with which Governors hold the school to account.

Andrew Johnson, Headteacher, Broadstone Middle School, said: "Understandably I was disappointed with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection. As a school we have been working hard to improve our Teaching and Learning environment and I was glad that this was recognised by the inspectors.  Staff and Governors had previously been working with Borough of Poole on a Raising Attainment Plan. In response to Ofsted’s recommendations, and in collaboration with the Local Authority, this plan has now been adapted to rigorously address the findings of the report and pursue rapid improvement."
 
Inspectors highlighted a number of strengths of the school. The Headteacher and Governors set appropriate priorities for development. Monitoring by the Headteacher and managers has led to improvements in the quality of teaching. Pupils were praised for their behaviour and ability to mix well in different social settings through the positive delivery of a spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum. The range of partnership links with other schools in developing sporting activities and staff training was also recognised as a strength.

Vicky Wales, Head of Children, Young People and Learning, Borough of Poole, said: "The local authority understands the disappointment that parents and pupils will feel about this judgement.  Whilst the school has made progress on a number of concerns from the previous inspection, the school has to work further on these areas. The council will continue to work in partnership with the governing body and the school’s senior leadership team.  We are confident that the Raising Achievement Plan will address the issues identified by OfSTED.  All of us will be making sure that students and parents are kept informed of the school’s progress and how they can actively engage with the school to support this." 

Jacquie Hattemore, Chair of Governors, Broadstone Middle School, said: "The Governors are totally committed to supporting the Headteacher and staff to ensure all pupils receive targeted intervention and challenge, through quality teaching, in order to provide rapid progress. We believe that Broadstone Middle offers a rich and diverse curriculum that supports and enhances our pupils’ development. We are keen to maintain this whilst addressing the key issues raised by Ofsted." 

See the full Ofsted report