Ofsted criticises lack of progress at school (and teachers’ jargon)

Christine McLintock, headteacher at the John Colet School in Wendover
Christine McLintock, headteacher at the John Colet School in Wendover

A school branded as ‘inadequate’ is still not making enough progress, say Ofsted inspectors.

The John Colet School in Wendover was flagged up as requiring improvement in January this year.

Ofsted has now visited the school again but their report states ‘senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement’.

Inspectors also highlighted the use of jargon in the school’s strategy plan which is available on the school’s website.

They picked out phrases including ‘establish full flight path trajectories setting new benchmarks for expected student progress’, and ‘create a decision tree for sending underperforming students down individual or whole school intervention paths’.

However, the report did praise the school’s commitment to improve, plus its willingness to seek external advice.

Headteacher Christine McLintock said: “We fully accept, and are addressing, the four action areas identified by Ofsted, and other related points.”

Ms McLintock assured parents that the school is strengthening the senior leadership team through the appointment of a new deputy head in September.

She said: “The action plan is being refined, and simplified, to focus on improving learning and progress.

“To ensure swift improvement, only the top priority items within the action plan will be taken forward.

“We are fully committed to achieving improvement and look forward to reporting significant progress over the next year.”

Ofsted also paid a visit to the Mandeville School in Aylesbury – placed in special measures last year – and concluded that headteacher Geralyn Wilson is making ‘reasonable’ progress towards improving standards.