St Andrew's College on course to reach its 'outstanding' ambition
CLEETHORPES' St Andrew's College's journey towards outstanding is "picking up pace", just six months after a new principal took on the school's leadership.
Louise Wilson took charge of the joint-denominational school in December, a position she described as a "challenge" but one she took on with optimism and passion to transform the school into an "inclusive and distinctive" place to learn.
Six months on and the principal said her dedication to the school is stronger than ever – and she remains committed to making the school a "stable, secure and vibrant learning community for all students".
And results show that since she took charge there has been a 10 per cent improvement (44 per cent) on the number of year 11 students achieving an A* - C grade in English and maths – with these figures set to increase "significantly" in another six months.
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Mrs Wilson said: "St Andrew's is a school that faced some significant challenges, not least to achieve its ambition to become an outstanding provider of education.
"The main challenge for us was to establish a stable, secure, vibrant learning community for all students so the college can achieve that ambition as well as being inclusive and distinctive because of its unique Christian ethos."
The college was given notice to improve by Ofsted after the school's first inspection since it opened in September 2010.
However, it was noted in the report that the "rate of development" at the school had increased since her arrival five weeks before – something that continues to improve quickly.
The college, which has just 570 pupils, has received "significant" investment in both the professional development of staff and its ICT system and other resources. It is hoped this will ensure high-quality teaching and learning.
Mrs Wilson has also seen an improvement in the students' attitude towards learning, which alongside better teaching, has directly contributed to the improvement in results.
She continued: "We are a school hosted in older buildings but despite our older facade we are investing in delivering 21st century education that includes the latest technology.
"St Andrew's is a small school, but we are seeing that as an advantage; we know and understand every student and we are committed to meeting their needs.
"We have paid particular attention to their attitude towards learning, to motivate them into having a really positive attitude towards learning so they flourish.
"They have all responded so positively, even those I have only known a short time have welcomed the strong leadership that I have been able to bring to the college.
"What happened before damaged the school, but that is history and we are moving into the future. We are still on a journey, but that journey to outstanding is picking up pace.
"A lot of things are happening which I believe were picked up early on in the Ofsted report.
"When I took on the post I stated I was delighted to take on the college at what I considered to be a really exciting time. I stand by that today.
"I am proud of the young people that come here.
"The things that happen here every day make me extremely proud and mine and the staff's dedication and commitment to these young people and the wider community is so strong.
"There is a warm welcome waiting for any parent or student."