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Budmouth College rated as 'inadequate'

Budmouth College

Published at 11:06am 13th June 2018.

Budmouth College has been rated inadequate by Ofsted Inspectors.

The findings of a two day inspection carried out in May have just been released.

Inspectors say academic standards at Budmouth have rapidly declined in recent years.

Safeguarding was rated as ineffective and pupil's attendance is poor, with extended study leave illegally used as an alternative to formal exclusion.

Inspectors found that academic outcomes for students are very poor, especially for disadvantaged pupils. Low level disruption in lessons was said to be common, often getting in the way of learning.

The damning report also criticised governance at the school. Governors were seen to be divided and relations between the governing body and leadership team have broken down in places.

There was praise for the 6th form centre of excellence with provides students with strong work-related learning.

Recently appointed new Principal Richard Jacobs was seen to have a clear understanding of problems at the school but hasn't had enough time yet to make a significant impact.

The final conclusion of the report says: "Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school."

You can view the full report HERE.

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