Total of 27 teachers have left Northants school in six-month period

Campion School in Bugbrooke has fallen from a 'good' to a 'requires improvement' rating
Campion School in Bugbrooke has fallen from a 'good' to a 'requires improvement' rating

A Northamptonshire secondary school is not improving quickly due to a high turnover of staff, Ofsted inspectors have found.

A total of 27 teachers have left Campion School in Bugbrooke since February after the school was judged to be in the ‘requires improvement’ category.

Ofsted inspectors carried out a monitoring visit on September 13 and a report states “the pace of improvement has been slowed by the high turnover of staff.”

Since the start of term, 17 new teachers have joined as well as a new special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), an attendance officer and a positive behaviour coordinator.

Of seven faculty leaders, only two were in post at the time of the last inspection.

A letter written by Ofsted inspector Daniel Burton to headteacher Claire Whitmore states: “The short visits to lessons we made together confirm your view that teaching quality remains too variable. There is clearly some good teaching in the school.

“In the lessons we saw, the most effective learning was characterised by the teachers’ effective use of information about pupils’ prior attainment and any barriers to learning to inform their lesson planning.

“Not all teachers use this information though, or use it well enough to enable pupils to make good progress.”

Mr Burton said the pupils he observed in lessons and around the school “behaved well” and the school environment is much improved.

However, he said pupils’ views about standards of behaviour at the school and the consistency of teachers’ management of behaviour varied considerably.

Mr Burton said: “A few pupils also complained about behaviour on their buses to and from school. While all pupils I met with said they feel safe in school, a number of pupils complained that the toilet facilities are dirty and poorly maintained. It is important that this is remedied immediately.”

Campion School has been approached for a comment.

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