Ofsted, Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch-Up

Ofsted

Following their Inspection of the School on March 9th and 10th 2016, Ofsted judged that the school no longer required Special Measures, and moved the category to Requires Improvement. 

We were very pleased to see that Ofsted now considers the following points to be strengths of the school:

 

  • The determined leadership of the executive headteacher and the head of school have transformed the culture here. Positivity and mutual respect pervade the school. 

 

  • Pupils, staff and most parents recognise that behaviour has improved. The vast majority of pupils conduct themselves well around the school and in lessons. Pupils appreciate the better teaching and they enjoy making better progress.

 

  • Effective leadership by senior and middle leaders is driving improvements in all aspects of the school’s work. 

 

  • Members of the interim academy board provide very effective challenge and support for school leaders. 

 

  • Outcomes are improving securely in many subjects because of the success of the work to improve teaching. 

 

  • Stronger systems to check how well pupils are progressing are being used effectively to help pupils who are falling behind to catch up. 

 

  • Pupils, staff and most parents recognise that behaviour has improved. The vast majority of pupils conduct themselves well around the school and in lessons. Pupils appreciate the better teaching and they enjoy making better progress. 

 

  • Pupils are well cared for. Those facing personal challenges are supported well. Systems to ensure pupils’ safety operate well. Attendance has improved. 

 

  • The sponsor, the Bourne Education Trust, has supported the school effectively by enabling productive links with other schools and by deploying strong senior and middle leaders to the school.

 

Consolidate improvements within the school by reviewing and further strengthening activities which have proved effective in transforming the school.It is most encouraging to note that the inspectors agreed with us on the areas for improvement to make the school good. The inspectors have asked us to focus on the following:

 

  • Ensure that all pupils, especially those who are disadvantaged, accelerate their learning so that gaps between them and other pupils nationally close quickly by:

-  Raising further expectations of all staff as to what pupils should achieve

-  Maintaining the robust and regular checks leaders make on the performance of all groups of pupils

-  Maintaining strong training and support for teachers and challenging any weaker performance.

 

  • Improve the quality of teaching by:

-   Ensuring teachers consistently use assessment and other information effectively to plan for pupils’ different needs and starting points, particularly pupils with special educational needs, disadvantaged pupils and the most-able pupils

-   Offering all pupils consistently high levels of challenge and appropriate support to develop their confidence so that they contribute more to lessons and take responsibility for their own learning.

 

  • Improve outcomes for pupils in mathematics by:

-  Strengthening subject leadership so that it drives improvements effectively and ensures consistently strong teaching

-  Providing more opportunities for pupils to develop skills in problem solving and mathematical reasoning so they can apply and explain their ideas, and justify their responses. 

Ofsted said that the school required improvement because: 

1.       Leaders have halted the decline in standards that resulted in the school requiring special measures. However, outcomes at the end of 2015 were below national averages

2.       Pupils’ achievements in mathematics are below expectations. Standards are currently improving because of better teaching, but are not yet good. 

However, since the report was written, the 2016 GCSE results showed a dramatic improvement, placing the school well above the national average. This included the results in the mathematics department, where 70% of students gained a C or above in their GCSEs.