Posted on: Wednesday 21 November 2012
Llantarnam School has been placed in special measures, following a damning report by inspectors Estyn.
The report highlighted concerns about the standards of achievement at the school including the capacity of leaders and managers to secure the necessary improvements.
In response to the report, Cllr Mary Barnett, executive member for children and young people, said:
‘We met the head teacher and governing body and listened carefully to their views on addressing standards of achievement, the capacity of the head, leaders and managers to secure improvements and the other serious shortcomings identified by the inspectors.
‘The full report is now published but the initial feedback from inspectors was damning and required us to take immediate action. We have already conducted a comprehensive review into the safety of the school and pupils and have helped the school with a policy to address pupil behaviour.
‘Pupils must always be our priority and a swift response with far reaching actions is required to return this school to where it should be. The council has made raising pupil attainment a priority which is borne out in the recent 7% improvement in the school’s most recent GCSE results. The council provided the school with extra resources, both staffing and financial, which helped the school achieve vastly improved results in English and Maths.
‘We have supported the school previously to address failings now identified in the report. We have today offered governors additional capacity to support the leadership and governance of the school. We will work with the school to produce a detailed action plan to which they will be held accountable and from which we can consider any further action necessary.’
Here is the link to the full Estyn report