Headteacher defends school after new-style Ofsted marking
A HEAD teacher has been quick to defend his school after inspectors ruled it 'requires improvement'.
Coombeshead Academy was visited by Ofsted inspectors on July 17 and 18. Their report scored 'good' for the quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
But it also highlighted the historical achievements of pupils and said the school 'requires improvement'.
It is the first time the school has been judged by Ofsted's new marking system, which head teacher Matthew Shanks says complicates the overall mark the college has received.
He said: "Under the new Ofsted arrangements, schools are judged in four areas: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management of the school.
"The first judgement is based on historical results of the school. The judgement is further complicated by the fact changes to education policy by the government also mean the school is not recognised as having existed prior to August, 2011, when we converted to an Academy.
"Therefore, the increase in student performance which has taken place since 2010 was not taken into consideration."
The report says students are not always given enough opportunities to take responsibility for their own learning and the sixth form requires improvement because the progress of its students is not good enough and varies across different subjects.
However, the report also stated 'students are making more accelerated progress' and 'teaching and students' achievement are improving rapidly because of the good leadership and management of the headteacher and other staff with leadership roles'.
Inspectors also said 'students are very proud of their school'.
Mr Shanks said: "It is our belief all schools will always require improvement.
"We are pleased with many aspects of the report and satisfied the inspectors confirmed our judgements.
"In particular, they recognised the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students is 'a strength of the school so that students are well prepared to be considerate citizens'.
"All staff and parents and students spoke positively about the school, with the only negative response from parents coming from a parent whose child has left the school."