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Ofsted report reveals The Suthers School, Fernwood, requires improvement

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A secondary school has been rated as requires improvement following an Ofsted inspection.

The report into The Suthers School, Fernwood, which opened in 2017 and is part of the Nova Education Trust, was graded on four categories ­— quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

Despite all other categories being rated as good by inspectors, behaviour and attitude was rated as requires improvement, which brought the overall grade down.

Suthers School, Fernwood, Newark. (38086008)
Suthers School, Fernwood, Newark. (38086008)

On the point of behaviour Ofsted wrote in its report: “Leaders have not ensured that all pupils behave consistently well. Too often, learning is disrupted by poor behaviour, particularly for younger pupils.

“Leaders should ensure that the school implements an effective behaviour-management policy consistently.

“They should ensure that all staff are supported to manage pupils’ behaviour effectively. Leaders should monitor behaviour-management information and act accordingly to tackle issues when they arise.”

The report continued: “The school’s approach to feedback does not ensure that pupils’ misconceptions and errors are routinely corrected.

“Pupils do not always benefit from helpful feedback. Leaders should ensure that the school’s approach to feedback is consistently delivered. They should ensure that teachers give pupils regular, helpful feedback.”

Quality of education at the school was considered good,

The report read: “Pupils are happy and most said that they enjoy coming to school. Pupils recognise that teachers have high expectations of what they should know and be able to do.

“Most pupils want to do well in their studies.”

On the topic of personal development, it was reported: “Pupils know that the school provides an ambitious curriculum, and they appreciate this.

“Many pupils enjoy the enrichment opportunities offered by the school. For example, pupils can take part in kung fu and dance sessions. Pupils said that they would not have the opportunity to do such activities elsewhere.”

In regard to leadership and management, the report stated: “Subject leaders are passionate. They have designed curriculums to inspire and excite pupils.

“Subject plans are very carefully thought out. Leaders have identified the most important knowledge and concepts that they want pupils to know, and by when. Curriculums are sequenced to help pupils build on their knowledge.”

The Suthers School and Nova Education Trust have been approached for comment.

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