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Primary school in Wembley rated ‘Inadequate’ in latest Ofsted inspection

Byron Court Primary School in Spencer Road, Wembley, has been rated ‘Inadequate’ across all categories in its latest inspection conducted on 28 and 29 November last year.

The school, which was previously rated ‘Outstanding’ 11 years ago, has seen a decline in the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes according to the inspection. “Since the previous inspection, significant changes in leadership have left the school with insufficient capacity to run effectively. Leadership is overwhelmed. Too much responsibility is held by too few people.

“This has led to a marked deterioration in all aspects of the school’s work. Areas that need urgent improvement, including the school’s work to promote good behaviour, have been left unaddressed for too long. As a result, pupils are not receiving an acceptable standard of education,” the report states.

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The inspectors noted, “While the curriculum offered is broad and planned with ambition, the school has not made sure that it is implemented well. This is especially the case for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). These pupils’ learning is given too little attention. The structures in place to identify pupils with SEND and to support their learning are weak. Often, their needs are not identified and met. This leads to pupils with SEND not making progress through the curriculum.”

The school has not done enough to ensure that pupils behave well. Behaviour policies are poorly understood and inconsistently applied. This means that pupils’ behaviour and attitudes have significantly declined over time.

The inspectors noted, “The school has failed to ensure good pupil behaviour, with poorly understood and inconsistently applied policies leading to a significant decline in behaviour and attitudes. Lessons are frequently disrupted, breaktimes are chaotic, and the response to serious incidents is ineffective. Concerns about bullying persist among pupils, parents, and carers due to inadequate handling of these issues.”

The report continues, “The school offers many enrichment activities, such as karate and cooking. These are planned successfully to help to broaden pupils’ wider experiences. However, the planning and delivery of personal, social and health education (PSHE) are not as successful at helping pupils to develop into respectful and well-rounded citizens. The use of racist language has been normalised, and too few steps are being taken to address this.”

The report notes that the school successfully collaborates with parents to improve pupils’ attendance. Additionally, it highlights that the arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

In a statement provided to Harrow Online, Nigel Chapman, Corporate Director of Children and Young People at Brent Council, said: “Since Byron Court’s Ofsted inspection, the local authority has been working closely with the school’s leadership team to provide support to tackle the issues raised by Ofsted. An interim Executive Headteacher is in place who is working very closely with a new Chair and Vice Chair of Governors to make sure that the necessary improvements are made as quickly as possible at the school, for the benefit of all pupils.”

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