School put in special measures for poor leadership and management

The Lincolnite is reporting that a secondary school in a Lincoln village has been criticised for its leadership and failure to keep pupils safe in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors visited Cherry Willingham Community School earlier this year, ranking the comprehensive as “inadequate”, the lowest possible rating.

Particular concern was raised about the leadership and management of the school and the lack of action taken to address “persistent disruptive behaviour” in the classroom.

The inspection also found that the school’s work to keep students safe is inadequate.

Inspectors said that pupils felt that they could not report bullying behaviour or homophobic and derogatory language, and had to “put up with it.”

They added: “Too many students reported that they had little confidence that anyone in the school would effectively deal with their concerns, especially about bullying.

“Some suggested that teachers were more likely to advise them to ‘keep away’ from perpetrators than deal with the concerns. A few commented, ‘Teachers don’t listen to us.’..

Elaine Stiles, headteacher at Cherry Willingham Community School, said: “We are disappointed by the grading as a lot of good work has already taken place to tackle some of the areas where improvement is needed since the inspection was carried out…”

More at: Lincoln school put in special measures for poor leadership and management


See the full Ofsted report at:  Cherry Willingham Community School


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  1. The report putting Cherry Wilingham into special measures is not yet on Ofsted’s website.  This is surprising if inspectors visited ‘earlier this year’.  The last published Ofsted was published 27 November 2014 when the school was judged to Require Improvement.

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