Club is praised despite Ofsted poor rating

JB's is based at Baines Endowed
JB's is based at Baines Endowed
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The manager at an out-of-school club said she is ‘very happy’ with its latest Ofsted score – despite being downgraded from good to inadequate.

JB’s and Earlybirds Out of School Care Club, based at Baines Endowed School in Thornton, has been ordered to improve after an inspector from the education watchdog raised safety concerns.

Frank Kelly, who gave the club the lowest possible rating, said: “The committee failed to meet its legal responsibility to notify Ofsted of changes to individuals who make up the committee.

“This potentially compromises the overall safety of children.”

Mr Kelly said he accepted the information was not withheld intentionally but said it was still an offence and warned: “Due to a weakness in leadership and management, children’s welfare is not assured.”

However, staff were found to be ‘welcoming and enthusiastic’, and were praised for some of their practices.

Mr Kelly said: “A wide range of interesting equipment is available each day, which helps children play together and build their social skills. Parents are very happy with the service provided and specific needs are shared well.”

Manager Linda Barrow said: “We are very happy with the report as it clearly details all the good practice the children are involved in now and over the last 20 years.”

Mr Kelly rated the club in three key areas. He gave it scores of inadequate in the effectiveness of leadership and management and personal development, behaviour and welfare.

He ranked the quality of teaching, learning and assessment as good.