Lindsey School and Community Arts College goes out on a high note
LINDSEY School And Community Arts College will go out on a high after Ofsted inspectors witnessed a dramatic turnaround at the troubled school.
As reported, the school in Grainsby Avenue, Cleethorpes, was placed in special measures in September after inspectors said the school was failing to give its students "an acceptable standard of education".
Since then, the school has been regularly monitored by Ofsted to ensure things improved.
The latest monitoring inspection report – and the last before the school becomes Cleethorpes Academy at the beginning of next term – said the school's progress has been "good".
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The key points were:
The majority of students in Key Stage Four have made accelerated learning progress over the year.
Year-11 students have exceeded their English and maths targets.
Ninety per cent of students are gaining A*to C grades in science and 75 per cent in ICT.
The performance of students in maths has risen substantially, increasing from 40 per cent in 2009 to 60 per cent this year.
The performance of boys and students with special needs and/ or disabilities has also improved.
Year ten is on track to hit its targets.
Years seven, eight and nine are making satisfactory progress.
Deputy head teacher Wayne Parkes said he hoped the report was a sign of things to come when Cleethorpes Academy opens in September.
He said: "We want the school to be sustainable. The teaching systems and strategies that the academy can bring will provide stability for the future of youngsters here.
"Until the school finishes on Thursday, the prime concern is teaching, learning and progress for those youngsters and staff who have collectively worked together.
"We have been working very hard with the academy's sponsor, Toll Bar Edge, to make sure we can hit the ground running. We are very optimistic."
There have also been significant improvements in teaching and the number of absences has improved, although this is still below the national average.
Mr Parkes believes the turnaround is testament to interim head teacher Jim Cunningham – who retired on Monday – and the hard work of all the staff.
Mr Cunningham, the former head teacher at Hereford Technology School, was drafted in to help develop the school and its progress.
Mr Parkes said: "Mr Cunningham is an inspirational leader. He is first class in every respect of teaching and this is a fitting tribute to the man, his work and his staff.
"We are ecstatic for all concerned and it is recognition of their hard work and commitment to ensuring the progress of youngsters is achieved.
"We have provided a very stable, solid base to which the academy can build on and can therefore offer a stable future for the youngsters who attend it.
"I would like to see everyone getting behind the academy.
"It is a great opportunity for the youngsters who are here now and the generations to come.
"We were put under special measures, which is a title nobody wants, but behind the scenes the staff concerned have made sure the youngsters make progress."
The final bell will ring at Lindsey School tomorrow, and it will reopen in September as Cleethorpes Academy.
Read the full report at www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/lindseyofsted