Head’s disappointment at ‘requires improvement’ report

Market weighton School Head Richard Harrison
Market weighton School Head Richard Harrison

A headteacher has spoken of his “disappointment” and how the school is already “working hard to improve” following its most recent Ofsted report.

The Market Weighton School was told it “required improvement” in its second consecutive report.

But headteacher Richard Harrison, who was appointed to the role in September 2015, insists they are doing everything they can to achieve an Ofsted ‘Good’ judgement as quickly as possible.

The school received below average GCSE results last year. The report stated: “The proportion of pupils attaining five or more GCSE grades at A* to C including mathematics and English fell significantly from above average to below average.”

Mr Harrison said: “I am disappointed that the school has not had time for its work to show impact on student outcomes at GCSE.

“We are expecting the results this summer to at least match those of 2014 and show the 2015 outcome to be a blip rather than a downward trend.

“I fully support the findings of the report and it gives us a clear mandate for improvement. There is nothing in the report that we were not already aware of and working hard to improve.

“It is just a little disappointing that Ofsted came before this summer’s examination results which we are expecting to be much improved on 2015.”

Following its last “Requires Improvement” inspection in 2014, the school has not dealt with the areas of improvement identified successfully.

Although good teaching is clear at the school, there are inconsistencies evident across and within subjects, according to the report.

Expectations are not consistently high across the school.

In particular, not enough is expected of the least-able 
pupils to ensure they make good progress and produce good-quality work.

However, good examples are emerging where pupils do make strong progress because the policy is followed diligently and with skill.

The report found the majority of pupils are “pleasant, polite and courteous, particularly older pupils.”

But some pupils “do not treat each other and adults with respect and tolerance.”

Mr Harrison added: “We have many good and outstanding teachers at The Market Weighton School and 
now need to ensure that consistency of high expectations is evident in every class-

“The views of parents via the Parent View website are extremely supportive and parents can be confident that we are doing all we can to improve the quality of education at TMWS so that we can achieve an Ofsted ‘Good’ judgement as quickly as possible.”