Camden School for Girls loses its ‘outstanding' Ofsted rating

Head 'a little disappointed' at being rated good

Thursday, 21st July — By Harry Taylor

Camden School for Girls-2016

Camden School for Girls has always been one of the borough’s most popular schools

A TOP secondary school has been downgraded by Ofsted, after a change in its criteria stopped taking grades into account.

Normally in the “Outstanding” bracket, Camden School for Girls (CSG) has been rated one rung lower this time by inspectors, after its first visit in 15 years.

A verdict of “Good” was delivered after a two-day visit in early June, but Ofsted criticised poor curriculum planning and a lack of time dedicated to computing.

“As a result, staff have not have had the opportunity to deepen pupils’ understanding,” the final report said.

In a letter sent to parents on Tuesday afternoon, on the penultimate day of term, headteacher Kateryna Law said Ofsted no longer considered exam results.

“[It] is a great shame for CSG as our results are consistently in the top 10 non-selective state schools nationally and often 30 per cent above the national average,” she said.

The inspectors said that staff did not check what pupils had learnt, adding: “Teaching does not routinely address gaps in knowledge or the next steps in pupils’ learning.”

Kateryna Law

The inspection did praise the school’s sixth form, which accounts for nearly half of the Sandall Road-based secondary’s pupil numbers. It also said behaviour and attitudes were “outstanding” and the curriculum was “wide ranging”.

Ms Law said: “The best organisations in all walks of life will see feedback as a chance to be even better. That’s exactly what we will do with these findings. In fact, we have already started making improvements in areas such as assessment and our computing curriculum for Years 8 and 9.”


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She added: “I must admit we were a little disappointed at the overall rating of Good, as we know we have a very special school at Camden School for Girls. “We knew, though, that the new Ofsted framework already meant that a large number of London’s top schools had received this assessment.”

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