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Longcroft ‘requires improvement’ – Ofsted

A Beverley school has been downgraded in the latest Ofsted report. Previously rated as “good”, Longcroft School was told it “requires improvement” following an inspection carried out last month. In its official report Ofsted said that since the previous inspection in March 2013, the school had “not acted quickly enough to tackle weaker teaching to ensure that outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and those with high prior attainment improve”.

Attendance remained a concern and teaching in the sixth form was described as “variable”. As a result, inspectors said, “outcomes for students who access academic subjects are inconsistent”. According to the report, improvement was required as “pupils do not make consistently strong progress across all subjects and year groups”. And it was also stated that attitudes to learning and pupils’ behaviour was not consistently good.

Ofsted noted, however that head teacher Ian O’Donnell had restructured the senior leadership team and that new leadership in the sixth form has a firm grasp of what needs to be changed to improve students’ opportunities, experiences and outcomes. The full report is available at