Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 1ST OCTOBER, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 10TH SEPTEMBER, 2012
" SUMMARY OF BRYN HAFREN COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL INSPECTION REPORT: SUMMER TERM 2012 (MD) -
Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School had been inspected during the Summer Term of 2012 and awarded the following grades:
· Overall performance – adequate
· Capacity to improve – good.
A summary of the inspection findings was appended to the report. Whilst the overall judgement contained within the summary illustrated a number of good features within the School’s work, current performance was judged as adequate overall because:
· performance at Key Stage 3 had been below that of some of the schools over the last five years
· pupils did not make enough progress in the minority of lessons where teaching did not engage or challenge them fully
· strategies to develop pupils’ literary skills across the curriculum were not co-ordinated well enough and
· the quality of marking varied too much between and within subjects.
The prospects for improvement had been considered good for numerous reasons, including the purposeful leadership of the Headteacher and leadership team who provided clear direction in all aspects of the School’s work and prudent and efficient management of resources. The Head of Achievement drew particular attention to the paragraphs within the feedback report relating to Key Stage 3 and stressed that the Council would work with the School to support it through the new JES arrangements. The recommendations contained within the inspection report included the need to raise standards, particularly in those areas where there was relative under-performance, including English and mathematics at Key Stage 3. Discussion ensued as to whether there were any specific reasons in relation to Bryn Hafren which could explain the inspection findings. Reference was made to the fact that it was an all girls school, that not all pupils spoke English as a first language and that there were transition factors between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. The Head of Service stressed, however, that 48% of schools in Wales were in “follow-up” under the new inspection framework. When asked where it fitted in the all-Wales average, the Head of Service commented that it did very well and that it would not take long for the School to be able to evidence satisfactory improvement. The Head of Service also confirmed that this Committee would be informed of progress on the Post Inspection Action Plan as and when available.
Details were also contained within the report of the purposes of the inspection, whether the School required any follow up activity, the main forms of evidence considered in the conduct of school inspections, and the structure of the inspection report.
RECOMMENDED – T H A T the report be endorsed and referred to Cabinet for consideration on 1st October, 2012.
Reason for recommendation
To develop a shared understanding about the outcomes of school inspections and the work of schools in the Authority."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning): 10th September 2012