Academy trust disputes “inadequate” rating by education watchdog

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An academy school has agreed to make improvements after being rated “inadequate” by the education watchdog.

But the trust which runs Carleton Community Academy has disputed its inspection report, saying it does not believe the grading by Ofsted was accurate.

Ofsted said the school was not doing enough to help poorer pupils improve their learning, despite extra funding being provided by the government.

The report said: “Leaders and governors are not using pupil premium funding effectively to ensure that disadvantaged pupils make the sustained progress that they should.”

The number of pupils being excluded had reduced at the academy, but the report said: “However, the number of such exclusions is still too high and disadvantaged pupils are more likely than their peers to be excluded.”

Referring to pupils’ behaviour, the report said: “Inspectors saw some pupils using mobile phones inappropriately in lessons. They also saw pupils smoking on the school site.”

The report said pupils were proud of the school and praised measures to tackle bullying.

It added: “Pupils reported that bullying is very rare and that they understand the range of forms that bullying can take, including homophobic bullying.

“The programme of sessions and activities to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well developed.”

Julie Craig, chief executive of Pontefract Academies Trust, said: “Whilst we don’t believe that the grading that the inspectors have applied is accurate, we do accept the recommendations within the report.

“In fact those areas had already been identified and feature significantly in the in the 2016-17 School Improvement Plan.”