Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SCHOOL PLACED IN SPECIAL MEASURES; Achievement, Teaching, Behaviour and Leadership All Rated Inadequate by Ofsted

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SCHOOL PLACED IN SPECIAL MEASURES; Achievement, Teaching, Behaviour and Leadership All Rated Inadequate by Ofsted

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Byline: LINDSEY SAMPSON Education Reporter

lindsey.sampson@eveninggazette.co.uk A STOCKTON school has been placed into special measures after a damning report said urgent improvements are needed. Education watchdog Ofsted said achievement, teaching, the behaviour of pupils and leadership at Grangefield School and Technology College are all inadequate. Inspectors highlighted the school's poor exam results, with just 40% of pupils last year achieving five GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths. The national average is 59%.

They also raised concerns over: | Students failing to make sufficient progress; | Too many lessons being disrupted by poor behaviour that isn't tackled by teachers; | Reports of bullying; | Too many teachers having low expectations of students' work and behaviour, and | High levels of staff absence.

School chiefs have said they are working to address the problems and are "confident" long-term changes can be made at the school.

The report said: "The results in GCSE examinations in 2011 showed that in the vast majority of subjects, including English and mathematics, students performed well below national averages. The provisional results for 2012 show a declining picture."

Teaching at the Oxbridge Avenue school was also said to be poor.

Inspectors added: "Too many teachers do not have a good grasp of what students need to learn next. Their lesson plans are too general and do not present enough challenge to students.

"Teachers do not give students enough opportunities to develop their skills in learning independently or co-operatively. " The report also said the school's leaders have failed to improve standards since the last inspection, in March 2011, when the school was judged to be satisfactory. …

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