Wisbech school is told that despite an ambition for pupils to achieve well, it needs to improve

The Cambian School in Wisbech has been told it requires improvement, by Ofsted PHOTO: The Cambian

The Cambian School in Wisbech has been told it requires improvement, by Ofsted PHOTO: The Cambian - Credit: Archant

A school for children with social, emotional and behavioural problems is not doing enough to make sure students leave with nationally recognised qualifications, according to Ofsted.

The Cambian in Wisbech has been told it “requires improvement” however, it has positives of a head teacher and deputy who are “strong leaders” with a “shared ambition for pupils to achieve well both academically and socially.”

The school has 19 pupils aged from nine to 17 and “does its best to enrich the curriculum with interesting activities to extend pupils’ experiences and to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development,” according to Ofsted inspector Linda Kilman.

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ development and welfare is good,” she said, and parents have commented that their children’s behaviour has “improved massively.”

However she said that the: “quality of teaching is variable. Some is good but expectation are not high enough for what pupils are capable of achieving in their written work.

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“A few staff do now follow the school’s agreed approaches to manage pupils’ behaviour well enough.

“Pupils’ attendance is improving rapidly but it is still too low.

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“The school teaches the National Curriculum. Schemes of work do not reflect the most recent version.

“This leaves gaps in what pupils need to know to be successful in gaining qualifications by the end of year 11.”

In addition she said staff were not getting enough training to develop their teaching skills.

Safeguarding is effective and risk assessment of each pupil is thorough, the inspector found,

She added that: “Attendance is improving significantly for some pupils. Pupils who have not been in a school for a year or more now attend regularly.”

Her report says that pupils at The Cambian, in Somers Road, are placed by local authorities across the country and most have a statement of special educational needs or health and care plans. Some live in a children’s home.

Ms Kilman said: “The school aims to re-engage pupils with their learning in a safe and caring environment where their feelings of failure and frustration are replaced with a sense of belonging and success.”

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