St Andrew's College in Cleethorpes 'on right track' after Ofsted inspection shows improvement
A CLEETHORPES school formerly judged as "inadequate" has improved, according to Ofsted inspectors – but there is still a long way to go.
St Andrew's College was visited by Ofsted inspectors on February 5 and 6 and was given a "requires improvement" rating, which is below "outstanding" and "good" in the four categories.
However, it shows improvement on the previous "inadequate" grade – the lowest of the four – that the school was given in January 2012 along with a "notice to improve".
Principal Louise Wilson said it shows the "pace of change" that will bring the school through a difficult period.
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However, Mrs Wilson added: "There is still a long way to go but we are on the right track on our journey to becoming an outstanding school – which is our ultimate aim."
However, now it is in the "requires improvement category" – equivalent to "satisfactory" until new framework came into place last year – it will be two years until it has another full inspection.
Mrs Wilson added: "It might have been 'satisfactory' in old money but not for me – I think we should be trying to be the best we can be."
Mrs Wilson fully expects the school to be in the "good" category by the next inspection.
She added: "It's an ambitious target but I'm aiming high."
The report says the school is not "good" because:
Progress is adequate rather than good because teaching needs to improve.
Attainment is still below average – although it has improved.
Teachers should do more to develop literacy skills – except in humanities.
Attitude to learning needs to improve and students should take more responsibility.
Too much drive comes from senior leaders – other teachers need to do more.
However, the report also highlights strengths:
Progress is well-monitored, allowing teachers to intervene early if necessary.
Governors have grit, determination, expertise and are constantly looking at ways to improve.
A coaching system for teachers is improving standards.
The principal provides inspirational leadership.
In 2011, just 35 per cent of students reached the Government benchmark of five A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths.
In 2012, results improved so that 43 per cent of students reached the benchmark – an improvement of 8 per cent.
Mrs Wilson added: "We are still on this journey of improvement but this report shows we are in the right place."
Rainbow Corner Day Nursery in Holton-le-Clay has been rated "good" – an improvement on the "satisfactory" rating it was given in 2010.
Read the full story in tomorrow's Grimsby Telegraph.