‘Inadequate’ Broadfield Primary School must do better following Ofsted visit

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A primary school that is under new leadership following the departure of its popular headteacher has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors.

Broadfield Primary School has seen changes to its leadership, management and governance since the last inspection back in November 2011 when the education watchdog gave a ‘satisfactory’ ruling.

Christine Hall, head teacher, and James Edwards, deputy head, at Broadfield Primary School, Hemel Hempstead.

Christine Hall, head teacher, and James Edwards, deputy head, at Broadfield Primary School, Hemel Hempstead.

Following the latest visit – in September – the Windmill Road school will now receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors to ensure that improvements are made.

The ‘inadequate’ stamp means that the school has ‘serious weaknesses’. But in a letter sent home to parents by the school’s chair of governors Nick Evans he said there is already evidence that the school is making improvements under the new leadership.

Ofsted inspectors, who observed 24 lessons or part-lessons, graded the achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching as inadequate and said the behaviour and safety of pupils along with leadership and management requires improvement.

Matthew Heasman, the Adeyfield school’s headteacher of 10 years, resigned earlier this year and a temporary headteacher – Elizabeth Foster, who was a senior teacher within the school already – was drafted in to take over the mantle as part of an executive leadership team, which included Allan Lowe. Christine Hall has since been appointed headteacher.

Mr Evans stressed that the Ofsted judgement is made based on the school’s three- year position. He said: “As you read through the report you will notice much comment which is positive and recognises the recent work done by Mr Lowe and Mrs Hall.

“The Ofsted inspectors highlight substantial and recent changes to leadership and governance which have led to improvements in teaching, achievement, behaviour and attendance but given the emphasis on consistency over time. Of course, there remains much work to do.”