Rogerstone school ‘unsatisfactory’ in Estyn’s latest report

Rogerstone school ‘unsatisfactory’ in Estyn’s latest report

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Rogerstone Primary School

First published in News

A NEWPORT school has been told it needs significant improvement.

A new Estyn report says Rogerstone Primary School is “unsatisfactory value for money” and said a significant turnover of class teachers over the past few years had caused unacceptable disruption.

It has laid out seven recommendations, with the school set to draw up an action plan to show how it will address them.

The Argus reported on Tuesday that headteacher Sam Yeoman had left her post at Rogerstone Primary School for personal reasons. She was not present at the inspection in December.

Acting head teacher Steve Rayer said: “We are already working together to take on board the inspectors’ recommendations.”

The report, published yesterday, deemed the school’s current performance and prospects for performance adequate and said that the school “is in need of significant improvement”.

Pupils behave well in class and are enthusiastic learners, and most make appropriate progress and achieve what they are expected to for pupils of average ability at the end of each key stage.

Teachers and support staff provide interesting and enjoyable activities that motivate pupils, the report said, but work in pupils’ books is not as good as published outcomes at the end of each key stage suggest. Mr Rayer is said to allow members of the leadership team to develop and carry out their roles fully. Estyn will monitor the school’s progress in about 12 months.

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12:14pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Daisydoolally says...

Regardless of what this article says Rogerstone is a fantastic school! Staff and pupils are amazing! This is just a blip caused by certain people....onwards and upwards for rogerstone!!!
Regardless of what this article says Rogerstone is a fantastic school! Staff and pupils are amazing! This is just a blip caused by certain people....onwards and upwards for rogerstone!!! Daisydoolally
  • Score: 2

2:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Abertillery29 says...

Wouldn't Estyns report carry more weight if they found out why there was such a high turnover of staff?
Wouldn't Estyns report carry more weight if they found out why there was such a high turnover of staff? Abertillery29
  • Score: 9

5:58pm Fri 14 Feb 14

steve1066 says...

It is really sad to read this article and the inspection report. Unfortunately the school has lost a lot of outstanding, highly regarded, experienced teachers in recent years such as Mrs Marsh and Mrs McCarthy, who actually won a European teaching award, to name just two.

It was the teachers who were at the heat of the 2008 Estyn report , when the school was judged to be  “Outstanding” and the reality is that what Estyn say about staff turnover has been a major problem. Any organisation would suffer if its star performers were removed. The school is still a very good school at heart and Mr Rayer has worked wonders since he arrived, so good luck to everyone for the future.
It is really sad to read this article and the inspection report. Unfortunately the school has lost a lot of outstanding, highly regarded, experienced teachers in recent years such as Mrs Marsh and Mrs McCarthy, who actually won a European teaching award, to name just two. It was the teachers who were at the heat of the 2008 Estyn report , when the school was judged to be  “Outstanding” and the reality is that what Estyn say about staff turnover has been a major problem. Any organisation would suffer if its star performers were removed. The school is still a very good school at heart and Mr Rayer has worked wonders since he arrived, so good luck to everyone for the future. steve1066
  • Score: 15

12:39pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Mrbigg67 says...

I agree with the above comments.There are a lot of questions.The estyn report states on page 9:"The governing body has not challenged the school robustly enough in relation to other significant issues such as staff turnover,and had accepted too readily the performance data and information it has received".
Surely the governors should have noticed how many staff were leaving and new staff being recruited?Wouldent this have been questioned?
I am pretty sure that all schools have staff representitives on the board of governors who would raise these issues?
The staff turnover is mentioned a lot in the report and as the comment above says,losing outstanding teachers like these isent good.
I agree with the above comments.There are a lot of questions.The estyn report states on page 9:"The governing body has not challenged the school robustly enough in relation to other significant issues such as staff turnover,and had accepted too readily the performance data and information it has received". Surely the governors should have noticed how many staff were leaving and new staff being recruited?Wouldent this have been questioned? I am pretty sure that all schools have staff representitives on the board of governors who would raise these issues? The staff turnover is mentioned a lot in the report and as the comment above says,losing outstanding teachers like these isent good. Mrbigg67
  • Score: 12

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