Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

St Alban’s Catholic High School in Ipswich rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted amid Progress 8 concerns

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 23 October 2017

St Alban's Catholic High School in Ipswich. Picture: SIMON PARKER

St Alban's Catholic High School in Ipswich. Picture: SIMON PARKER

The new headline GCSE measure of student progression over attainment is a key reason why an Ipswich secondary school has lost its ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

St Alban’s Catholic High School in Digby Road was given a ‘requires improvement’ judgement after a two-day visit by six inspectors.

Broken down, behaviour was rated ‘good’ but leadership, teaching, pupil outcomes, and the sixth form require improvement.

It was the first inspection since the new Progress 8 accountability measure of student progression between the end of primary school and secondary school. Zero represents expected progress.

Provisional 2017 data shows St Alban’s scored -0.45, almost half a grade less per GCSE subject. But 66% achieved level 4 (old C grade) in English and maths, above the Suffolk and England averages.

Where does your school rank in provisional Progress 8 and GCSE results 2017 in Suffolk?

Lead inspector Russell Ayling wrote: “Attainment of pupils overall has been largely in line with national averages but this hides the fact that many pupils started their education at the school with above average prior attainment and have therefore not made such good progress.

“The school has been tracking how current most-able pupils are progressing and identified that some are not making as much progress as they had expected. Progress in English, mathematics and science is accelerating as the impact of improved teaching becomes apparent.”

The report said expectation levels for the most-able pupils are too low, some lessons plans do not take into account the needs of some groups, there is a lack of consistency in assessment between departments, and performance management “lacks precision”. But pupils show resilience during challenging work, personal development is outstanding, and new assessment systems have been introduced.

Executive headteacher, Sean Hayes, backed an action plan to turn around the rating.

He said: “We have noted the inspectors’ comments and accept the points that have been made about the need for pupils to make more progress. This aspect of our performance has affected the other judgements within the report and led to the overall judgement. We are pleased that the motivation and personal development of pupils was recognised. I am confident that we can see an improvement in our progress measure in 2018 and therefore quickly get back to where we should be.”

An elderly couple’s car managed to get stuck up an embankment after it crashed into a sign on the A14 westbound slip road for the Copdock Interchange this evening.

Paramedics have treated an elderly woman for serious injuries after a crash in Hadleigh.

Proposals which could lead to a merger between Babergh and Mid Suffolk districts have been further delayed after councillors demanded written legal advice before any further discussions are held.

After a year-long trial, no incidents or accidents, and the public in favour – cycling on Felixstowe’s promenade is set to be made permanent.

The Kesgrave High School pupil says she feels “amazing” after passing her driving test first time – a year earlier than her peers.

An ambulance on blue lights crashed into a road sign on a slip road off the A14 in Suffolk last night.

A Suffolk choir’s charity single for St Elizabeth Hospice is rocketing up the chart as it aims to be this week’s number one.

A 52-year-old Ipswich man banned from entering the town centre for three years will now spend several weeks behind bars.

Drivers are being held up at a busy town centre junction this evening.

Murder, rape and drug driving offences are among more than 200 cases in Suffolk and Norfolk where convictions could be jeopardised due to suspected manipulation of forensic evidence.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24