Llanrumey High School will require “special measures” after a damning inspection report found “important shortcomings” in the majority of lessons.
Llanrumney High School’s current performance and prospects for improvement were deemed “unsatisfactory” by Wales’ education watchdog Estyn.
Inspectors said the Cardiff school’s GCSE performance did not compare favourably and the majority of pupils do not make enough progress in reading and writing.
The school’s safeguarding procedures gave inspectors “cause for concern” and Estyn also highlighted the negative impact of poor behaviour on pupils’ learning.
Cardiff Council said the report’s findings proved urgent action was needed to ensure Llanrumney pupils achieve their full potential.
The news comes as the authority’s cabinet prepares to consider plans to introduce Wales’ first Education Improvement Partnership in the east of the city at its meeting today. A “holistic” approach to improving standards would see Llanrumney and nearby Rumney High School taking on wider responsibilities for the children and young people in their communities.
In his report, lead inspector Ceri Jones made a number of alarming observations and said: “In a majority of lessons, pupils do not develop their reading or writing well enough. In addition, they do not build on their prior learning well enough to make suitable gains in their subject knowledge and understanding.
“A minority of pupils are making appropriate progress in their ability to extract relevant information from text and write in short sentences. In addition, a majority of pupils make too many errors in their spelling, punctuation and grammar.”
Mr Jones said the school’s exclusion rates were high and the overall standard of teaching was unsatisfactory, with the majority of lessons failing to challenge pupils.
And while a new behaviour support mechanism is starting to bear fruit, the school was criticised for failing to act on Estyn’s previous recommendations.
Councillor Julia Magill, the city’s education chief, said: “Prior to Estyn’s inspection, we had already recognised that we needed to take radical action to make sure we are doing all we can to improve life chances for pupils.
“The school has a dedicated staff and governing body who have worked hard. However, there is a real need for a fresh approach which must begin at the earliest opportunity to ensure we help pupils achieve their potential.”
Llanrumney’s chairman of governors, Coun Derrick Morgan, said the school recognised the challenges.
“The support of parents and the community will be crucial as we move forward and we want to assure all those associated with the school of our energy and commitment to making the changes necessary,” he said.
Responding to Estyn’s direction, governors have drawn an action plan – which will be made available to parents in the new year. Estyn will monitor progress on a termly basis.