13 schools across Berkshire are currently in special measures.
Inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted visit schools across England, and if a school is judged not to be providing an acceptable standard of education, it is placed in special measures – the most serious category.
Across Reading, Slough, Wokingham and West Berkshire, 13 schools are currently in special measures. No schools in Bracknell Forest or Windsor and Maidenhead are in special measures at this time.
Here are the schools currently in special measures:
Aldermaston C.E. Primary School
The school was placed into special measures following a visit from Ofsted in September 2019.
The report said “teaching does not sequence learning well enough to build on what pupils already know or prepare them for future learning.
“Pupils are not helped to remember what they have learned. Teachers have not had the necessary training to develop their knowledge in some subjects.”
However, it was noted that “Pupils are cared for well and valued.”
Radstock Primary School
Radstock Primary School was placed into special measures after an inspection in June 2018.
It was found that the “the quality of teaching across the school is not yet consistently good.”
The inspectors did find, however, that “pupils behave well and attend school regularly. They are friendly and confident. The school is a
calm and happy environment for learning.”
Highwood Primary School
Highwood Primary School, which provides Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 education, was placed in special measures in April 2018.
The Ofsted report found that teachers “do not challenge pupils well enough to deepen their understanding.”
“Many pupils in key stage 2 do not make strong enough progress in their writing and mathematics.”
The report does note that “Children make good progress in the early years. A greater proportion than the national average reach a good level of development.”
Christ The King Catholic Primary School
Christ The King Catholic Primary School was placed under special measures by Ofsted back in October 2018 – with recommendations to improve the quality of teaching, learning as well as the consistency of teaching.
Inspectors did note how “the headteacher and his staff team are totally dedicated to the school. Their inclusive approach ensures that pupils are nurtured and cared for well.”
John Madejski Academy
John Madejski Academy was placed into special measures following a visit by Ofsted in February 2020
The report recognised the school had made improvements, however, “many pupils and parents agree that the school is better than in the past.”
In a monitoring visit on September 2021, Ofsted recommendations included to move pupils to a full computing curriculum as soon as possible and to ensure that teachers identify more consistently the knowledge pupils have learned and what they need to learn next.
King’s Academy Prospect
King’s Academy Prospect was placed into special measures following a visit by Ofsted in April 2019 – with recommendations to improve the quality of teaching, learning as well as the consistency of teaching.
The report read: “Some teachers do not plan lessons carefully enough to provide either enough challenge for the most able or appropriate support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).”
Whitley Park Primary and Nursery School
Whitley Park Primary and Nursery School was put in special measures following an inspection in May 2018 due to shortcomings in several areas.
A report by education watchdog Ofsted recommended improvements in the quality of teaching, attendance levels and that the school should strengthen leadership at all levels.
The report said: “Skills in writing are not well enough developed. This is because pupils do not get enough chances to write longer pieces of work. ”
St John’s Church of England Primary School
St John’s Church of England Primary School was placed into special measures by Ofsted following an inspection in January 2019.
Inspectors found that the school’s “inconsistencies in the quality of leadership and shortcomings in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment have caused standards to decline.”
However, the report noted the school “offers a warm and nurturing environment.”
Gorse Ride Junior School
Gorse Ride Junior School was placed into special measures following a visit by Ofsted in September 2018.
The report stated how “disadvantaged pupils achieve less well than their peers in reading, writing and mathematics. Furthermore, this group are falling even further behind in writing.”
“The quality of teaching is variable”, Ofsted inspectors added.
However, safeguarding is “effective. Leaders and governors hold a high degree of expertise in this aspect.”
Emmbrook Junior School
Emmbrook Junior School was placed into special measures after an Ofsted inspection in June 2018.
The report found that “leaders have not secured consistently good teaching. As a result, pupils’ outcomes, particularly in reading and writing, are too variable”
But “pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe, and are well cared for by staff.”
Floreat Montague Park Primary School
Floreat Montague Park Primary School was placed into special measures following a visit by Ofsted in July 2019.
It was found that the school’s “high staff turnover levels has affected the quality of provision and outcomes.”
The inspectors did find, however, that “children in the early years receive a good education.”
Beechwood School was placed into special measures after an inspection in July 2019.
It was found that the “pupils’ literacy levels, especially in lower sets, remains weak.”
However, “Parents are positive about the continued improvements within the school.”
Dedworth Middle School
Dedworth Middle School, which provides Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 education, was placed in special measures in November 2018
The Ofsted report found that the “school has declined in recent years due to ineffective leadership.” and that “leaders have not
ensured that the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress are consistently good.”
The report does note that “Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils are exceptionally polite, and incidents of low-level misbehaviour are rare.”