School progress pleases Ofsted

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A STRUGGLING school placed into special measures is making satisfactory progress - according to Ofsted.

Market Weighton School received a critical report from the regulatory body in October last year and special measures were put in place to turn the school around, which includes support from South Hunsley School.

On 5 and 6 July this year, the school received a visit from HM Inspectorate of Education inspectors - working directly for Ofsted - who were pleased with the progress the school had made.

The inspectors reported that positive changes are apparent across the school.

Recently, the Post reported that the school’s new acting head, Gavin Chappell, who previously worked at South Hunsley, had set his sights on bringing the school out of special measures within the next 12 months.

The school also has a new executive headteacher, Chris Abbott, and Ofsted believes both of these appointments have already had an impact.

In the report written by the inspectors, it says: “The highly experienced and effective leadership offered by the acting executive headteacher and partnership director, now acting head of school, has provided much-needed leadership stability and has maintained a secure focus on tackling the school’s weaknesses.”

During their visit, the inspectors assessed the school’s work and examined students’ work during lessons. They also met with a number of staff and spoke with students informally during break times and in lessons.

The report says: “There is a general trend of improvement brought about by a well planned, intelligent approach to training and decisive actions to tackle inadequacy.

“(Students) express strong confidence in the staff’s support.”

The inspectors felt the proportion of good teaching had increased and that assessment information was being used to transmit high expectations to students and to provide a positive environment.

However, they commented that satisfactory lessons remain dominant and further impact must be apparent in the classroom to ensure consistent good teaching across the school.

Acting head Gavin Chappell has welcomed the positive feedback from the inspectors.

He said: “Our staff and students have worked hard to change practices in the school and I am pleased that inspectors have recognised that we are moving in the right direction.

“We have had a positive end to what has been a challenging year for the school.”

Mike Furbank, head of improvement and learning, East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “The council is delighted that HMI have recognised the impact of the support arrangements we have put in place. Progress demonstrated across all measures is really good news for the school.

“The report clearly identifies foundations upon which to make further improvements are in place. The school is looking forward positively to a new school year.”