‘Worrying’ dip in results at all girls’ school in Luton

Challney High School for Girls
Challney High School for Girls

Standards have continued to drop at a Luton school following an Ofsted inspection in the summer, which rated it ‘requires improvement’.

After another Ofsted visit to Challney High School for Girls on October 8, headteacher Shirley Havard was informed the school’s leadership was ineffective.

In a letter to Mrs Havard, Ofsted inspector Asyia Kazmi noted continuing problems. She stated: “Since the inspection in May 2015, the school has received the 2015 GCSE results, which show a substantial decline.

“More worryingly, the proportion of pupils making the expected progress in English and mathematics was well below that found nationally.”

The monitoring inspection noted teachers’ low expectations, poor regard for literacy, and a lack of clear vision for school improvement.

Ms Kazmi added: “You and your senior leaders do not challenge teachers enough on the quality of their teaching.”

MrsHavard said she was “disappointed” with the monitoring inspection.

She said: “However, across the school leaders continue to be ambitious for our students, set high expectations.

“We have refined our school improvement plan to focus even more sharply on the quality of teaching, which we believe lies at the heart of good schools and the leadership team has been restructured.”

Mrs Havard noted that the school was working with another headteacher, “who is an outstanding national leader in education”.

She added: “The leadership team is confident that it fully understands what needs to be achieved.”

Cllr Mahmood Hussain, executive for children and young people, said: “Council officers have been working closely with Challney High School, to help secure the rapid improvements needed.”

He added Luton Borough Council would continue to support the headteacher and governors to make Challney High School for Girls a good school.