In May Ofsted made their first monitoring inspection to Thomas a Becket Middle School since the school was judged in January to require improvement.
The inspector found senior leaders and governors were taking effective action to tackle areas needing improvement but said the school should take further action.
Further action is needed to ensure:
- improvement plans include clear targets for pupils’ progress, especially for the groups identified in the inspection report: pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, and those supported through the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils eligible for free school meals, in the care of the local authority, or with a parent or carer in the armed services)
- the school measures the success of these plans by checking to see that pupils’ progress improves as a direct result of the action taken
Ofsted also found the local authority, West Sussex County Council, lacked a sufficiently high level of challenge to the implementation of the school’s improvement plan.