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Pupils at "risk of harm" at Wey House School

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Pupils at "risk of harm" at Wey House School

Published at 5:38pm 5th February 2019. (Updated at 5:49pm 5th February 2019)

A Guildford school has been described as "an unsafe place to be", with pupils and staff "at risk of harm".

  • Ofsted rates Wey House School in Bramley as 'Inadequate'
  • Teachers are "regularly hurt" by pupils
  • Staff absence is too high and many have left
  • "Adults and pupils to not feel safe" report finds
  • Inspectors called for an "urgent review of safeguarding"

Wey House School, a special needs primary school  in Bramley, has been rated 'Inadequate' in its latest damning Ofsted report.

Teachers are regularly hurt by pupils, with more than 10 reported incidents of adults requiring medical attention during the Autumn Term 2018, just months after the school had been rated 'Good'.

Summary findings found the school to be in "disarray" and said staff absence is too high or many are leaving, or have left.

Inspectors also said that the school's governance was failing and they had "not ensured the school's safeguarding policies and procedures met requirements".

'Not fit for purpose'

"Many staff are disheartened", the inspectors report said, which was published on January 24.

The school's leadership and management was criticised in the findings and said its improvement planning was "not fit for purpose."

It also said the school should not be appointing newly qualified teachers.

A previous inspection had rated the school 'Good' for overall effectiveness.

Ofsted have now said Wey House needs to "urgently review and sharpen safeguarding processes".

The school has since brought in a new Executive Headteacher and two other experienced school leaders, who took over the day after the inspection was carried out in December.

In a letter on the school's website, a change to the time of the school day was announced by Executive  Headteacher, Dave Euridge:

"The school day is currently too long for students and they are struggling to cope in the afternoon sessions.

"They leave school to travel home at a time when traffic is heavy and then spend longer than they should in taxis.

"Therefore, we are changing the time of the school day which from January will run from 8.40 - 2.00."

The letter, sent on December 20th, also stated: "Student groups will also change in January so that we can utilise staff effectively to give students the best chance of success."

Outlining strengths, the Ofsted report said that staff shared a "deep, morale purpose and want meet pupils' needs well" and that some staff demonstrated high levels of care for pupils. 

A Surrey County Council spokesman said:

“We take these findings extremely seriously and have already acted to support the school to ensure all children and staff are safe.

"We’ve brought in a new team of three highly-regarded and experienced school leaders - an executive head, a head and a deputy - who took over the day after inspectors visited in late November and we’ve also put in place an interim board to govern the school.

"The improvements the new leadership have already achieved have made a big difference and we’re continuing to work with them to ensure all the changes that are needed are made.”

Wey House School has been contacted by Eagle Radio for comment.

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