A SPECIAL school is taking “effective” action in re-energising staff and strengthening leadership after it was told to improve.
John Watson School in Littleworth Road, Wheatley, was visited by Ofsted in November 2013 and was given the level three rating of “requires improvement”, the second worst.
In a monitoring visit at the end of April, inspector Janet Pearce told the school, which has about 90 pupils, it was taking action to tackle the areas needing improvement.
Pupils attending the school all have a statement of special educational needs.
They have a range of needs including moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders and speech, language and communication needs.
A minority of students have profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Mrs Pearce said the school had “quickly identified that there were valuable strengths in the existing team of leaders and teachers”.
She added that giving them defined roles and responsibility had “renewed their commitment and unlocked their sense of purpose”.
She added: “Everybody I spoke to during the monitoring inspection commented on the intense focus on improvement and the ‘dramatic’ change. The action plan to improve the school is detailed and shows considerable reflection. However, the plan indicates how evidence will be used to show that improvements have been made, but does not demonstrate explicitly how governors will monitor improvements and hold school leaders to account.”
Our top stories:
9:12am Saturday 10th October 2015
TRIBUTES have poured in for a “vibrant and popular” former student who was struck down and killed on the A40.
5:30am Saturday 10th October 2015
A “REMARKABLE” teenager whose battle with cancer inspired hundreds to raise funds for research has passed away.
12:25pm Saturday 10th October 2015
Soldiers from the barracks named after First World War hero Edward Brooks officially unveiled a new memorial at his grave today.
8:30am Saturday 10th October 2015
OXFORD’S revamped Westgate Centre will reopen in October 2017, just in time to give the city’s economy a £100m Christmas bonus.
8:00am Saturday 10th October 2015
THE restaurant at the Randolph Hotel has reopened nearly six months after a devastating blaze, but the hotel will not be back to normal until March.
7:00am Saturday 10th October 2015
MULTI-MILLION pound plans to transform a neglected Cowley shopping centre are set to rejuvenate the area, developers said.
6:30am Saturday 10th October 2015
HIGH-tech firms could move abroad if top Oxfordshire facilities are not protected from national spending cuts, a UK science boss has warned.
6:00am Saturday 10th October 2015
MUCH-NEEDED repairs to a special school in Blackbird Leys may lead to more closures over the next few days.
3:37pm Friday 9th October 2015
A 19-year-old woman killed in a crash on the A40 this morning has been named locally as Katy Pancott.
7:00am Friday 9th October 2015
A MOTHER who received horrific burns in a caravan fire has spoken of her two-year fight to recover from her injuries.
6:24pm Friday 9th October 2015
A car crash has blocked part of the slip road off the A34 this afternoon.
6:26pm Friday 9th October 2015
AN AUTISTIC teenager who died during a stay at an NHS unit had been improving and making friends, an inquest heard.
4:23pm Friday 9th October 2015
A BROKEN-down caravan is causing traffic delays in Headington.
3:10pm Friday 9th October 2015
A "DANGEROUS" rapist and a second man who tried to damage his victims' character have been jailed.