Ofsted put Katherines Primary in special measures after serious safeguarding concerns

Politics / Mon 16th Jan 2017 at 10:08am

KATHERINES Primary school has been rated “Inadequate” by education watchdog Ofsted.

The school situated in Brookside, Harlow was inspected on October 12th and 13th, 2016.

The report states:

“Safeguarding is ineffective because governors have not ensured that the risk assessments in place to safeguard pupils are fit for purpose. The school has not been thorough enough in carrying out pre-appointment employment checks for members of staff”.

The report is dominated by concerns regarding safeguarding. The report states further: “Leadership is inadequate because safeguarding is ineffective. Leaders and governors have not adequately considered, assessed and mitigated all possible risks to pupils’ safety.

“Neither the governing body nor senior leaders have ensured that the school has consistently carried out the right sorts of pre-employment checks for newly appointed staff. Although procedures have improved, checks are not thorough enough.

“Risk assessments are inadequate because they do not identify the risks that given circumstances present. Although precautions are identified, they are not always specific enough. This means that staff and governors do not know the possible risks to pupils and do not do everything possible to lower or remove them. Although the school has completed a wide range of risk assessment forms, there is a lack of understanding of the process and purpose of risk assessment.”

YH has put a number of questions to Essex County Council.

Quality of teaching is rated as Good.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare is rated as Requires Improvement.
Outcomes for pupils is rated as Good.
Early years provision is rated as Good.

The whole report can be found here


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