The Isle of Wight Studio School has had its first visit from Ofsted inspectors.
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After a visit last month (May) Ofsted found the school – which is facing potential closure – to “Require Improvement”.
Inspectors say that teaching activities are not well matched enough to meet the varying needs of pupils, and that some staff do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can achieve.
The report also says some pupils are not making enough progress in subjects including science and vocational subjects, and that governors are not “suitably robust” in the monitoring of safeguarding.
Headteacher Richard White is celebrating a “Good” rating in ‘Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare’ and says inspectors praised the school’s community links.
Richard White said:
“We recognise that after only 3 full years since opening, there are further improvements to be made to ensure the school is consistently good and we will take rapid action to address issues identified.
The inspectors made particular reference to the excellent relationships the school has created with families, businesses, the local island community and other educational providers on the island. The Ofsted team also recognised our ability to prepare students for their next step in education or into an apprenticeship and that business leaders recognise the strengths that studio students have in terms of work ethos”
“I am very proud of my hard-working and committed team of staff who have the progress of every student at the heart of what they do.”
The school continues to face financial challenges and is awaiting the final decision by the Department of Education as to whether the school will remain open in the long-term.