A school has been found to be meeting its pupil safety requirements after Ofsted made an unannounced visit following a complaint which raised “serious concerns”.

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Inspector Heather Yaxley visited Long Stratton High School because of concerns about the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements.

After conversations with senior staff, teachers, support staff, governors, pupils and the school’s community police officer, she found the school was meeting its requirements - but that: “There are things that need to improve.”

She added: “The governor responsible for checking the quality of the arrangements has already identified some of the weaknesses found during this inspection.

“The weaknesses relate to the way that staff report and record what happens when there is a concern about pupils’ well-being or behaviour, and how senior staff and the governing body evaluate how well their policies are implemented.

“For example, when staff report incidents of inappropriate behaviour, there is not always enough detail to give a clear picture of what has happened or to show the actions taken as a result.”

She said in some cases there was an over-reliance on emails between staff and said the way information is collated is often not methodical or detailed enough.

Ms Yaxley also highlighted how senior staff had surveyed parents and pupils about behaviour at the school, with particularly reference to bullying.

“The responses from parents show hat approximately a quarter are not convinced that staff control bullying well,” she said.

In the school’s most recent newsletter, headteacher John Wilson said: “In the end, the inspector had to make one of two judgements: either the school’s safeguarding arrangements met requirements or they did not.

“I am delighted that the HMI reported: ‘The school’s safeguarding arrangements meet requirements.’”

Are you a parent of a child at Long Stratton High School? What do you think about Ofsted’s conclusions? Call EDP reporter Andrew Papworth on 01379 651153 or email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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