Wilnecote High: Inadequate and requiring ‘Special Measures’ say OFSTED

November 10, 2014

WILNECOTE High School has been informed by OFSTED that they are ‘Inadequate’ in the four inspection areas and that they are a ‘School that requires Special Measures’.

Wilnecote High School, on Tinkers Green Road was inspected on 17 and 18 of September this year as part of an OFSTED ‘No Notice Inspections’.

Tamworth Informed had been told about the inspection at the time and was approached by parents who were stating that the results had not been made available, raising their suspicions as to the outcome of the inspection.

The inspection report which it is understood has been sent home to parents today has revealed that the school has been measured ‘inadequate’ in the four areas of measurement, which are; Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety of the Pupils, Quality of Teaching and Achievement of Pupils.

It states that the School, which has not previously been inspected as an Academy, is one that requires ‘Special Measures’.

Part of an extract of the report which has been sent to Tamworth Informed by a parent.

Part of an extract of the report which has been sent to Tamworth Informed by a parent.

The front of the report reveals the eleven main weaknesses within the School which includes; Weaknesses in teaching over time have led to a lack of challenge and low expectations of what students can achieve in many subjects, including English and Mathematics. 

It also states that senior leaders and governors at the school do not have an accurate view of the quality of teaching.  It says that they do not adequately address the link between poor rates of progress and poor teaching.

The report blasts Governors further, saying that they have been too dependant on the views of senior leaders and have not sufficiently held them to account for the poor progress of many students.

No Notice Inspections

The ‘No Notice Inspections’ were OFTED making wider use of their existing powers in the wake of the ‘Trojan Horse Scandal’ across Birmingham.  A report on the OFSTED website at the time said:

“He [the chief inspector] has instructed Ofsted’s Regional Directors to make wider use of existing powers to conduct no notice inspections of schools where there are concerns about:”

  • Rapidly declining standards
  • Safeguarding, including a decline in the standards of pupils’ behaviour and – – the ability of staff to maintain discipline
  • Standards of leadership or governance, or
  • The breadth and balance of the curriculum (including where the statutory requirement to publish information to parents is not met)

It is understood that a meeting has been arranged for tomorrow night at 7pm at the school, where parents will be able to air their views.