Ofsted visits nine Brighton and Hove schools

Posted On 24 Nov 2014 at 7:59 pm

Ofsted inspectors have visited nine schools across Brighton and Hove since the start of the autumn term.

The schools watchdog carried out full inspections at six of the nine and monitoring visits at the other three.

Hillside School in Portslade retained its outstanding rating in a report published last week.

The special school’s Ofsted report said: “Hillside is an outstanding school where pupils are happy, feel safe and make rapid progress. They feel valued and cared for.

“Leaders, managers and governors are extremely ambitious for the school. The new head teacher (Rachel Burstow) has set a clear vision to make sure that the exceptional provision continues.

“Leaders’ very high expectations, together with excellent opportunities for staff development, have resulted in outstanding teaching and achievement.”

Brackenbury Primary School, formerly Portslade Infant School, retained its rating as a “good” school in a report published earlier this month, as did Downs Park School, also in Portslade. The report was published two weeks ago.

Ofsted said earlier this month that St Peter’s Community Primary School, formerly St Peter’s Infant School, also in Portslade, “requires improvement”. The report can be found by clicking here. At its previous inspection it was classed as outstanding.

Mile Oak Primary School was rated good in a report published by Ofsted last month. It was previously deemed to require improvement.

Our Lady of Lourdes in Rottingdean was inspected less than a fortnight ago and is awaiting its report.

Longhill High School, also in Rottingdean, had a monitoring visit last week. The outcome has yet to be published. It is being monitored having been found to require improvement when it was inspected a year ago.

The Bilingual Primary School in Falmer had a monitoring visit last month for the same reason. Ofsted said that the senior leaders and governors were taking effective action.

After a monitoring visit to St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School in Brighton, Ofsted said that the senior leaders and governors were not taking effective action.

The Ofsted update for all nine schools was reported to the meeting of the Brighton and Hove City Council Children and Young People Committee at Hove Town Hall last week.

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