Five Islands School has been described as 'inadequate’ in a report released by Ofsted on Tuesday.

The inspector said that in his opinion 'this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school'.


The report, compiled after a visit in September, stated that 'this is an inadequate school', claiming that leaders and managers 'have not tackled the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection'.


It also highlighted Key Stages 2 and 3, saying that pupils have 'underachieved over time' and 'their progress is slowing and leaders’ actions to make improvements are ineffective', while teachers’ expectations are 'not high enough' and 'information about what pupils know, understand and can do is not used to plan their next steps in learning'.  


Other areas listed under 'inadequate' were: 'Assessments of pupils’ progress from Years 2 to 11 are insecure. Leaders and teachers do not know whether pupils are making the progress needed to achieve to their potential; Some low-level misbehaviour in lessons and pupils’ immature attitudes disrupt learning; Systems for checking teachers’ performance are not robust and the findings are not used to bring about improvement' Weaknesses in the range of subjects offered leads to underachievement in subjects other than English and mathematics.'


It also described 'the capacity of leaders and governors to improve the school' as inadequate, with 'vacant leadership positions hinder[ing] the school’s progress'. The school also failed to meet the 'national minimum standards for boarding schools'.


Its strengths were listed as 'effective leadership of the early years', which 'enables children to get a good start to their education', as well as pupils achieving well in phonics 'as a consequence of good teaching'.


At a public meeting on Bryher on Tuesday, Theo Leijser, Chief Executive of the Council of the Isles of Scilly was asked about the OFSTED report. He said that the future of the school will now be decided off the Islands and will almost certainly become an academy.

You can download the full report here.

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