Stowmarket: High school “delighted” with follow-up Ofsted inspection
17:49 10 February 2014
A headteacher is “delighted” with a follow-up Ofsted inspection after its received a “requires improvement” mark last year.
An inspector from the education watchdog has been examining lessons and pupil progress at Stowmarket High School.
In September the school was criticised in an inspection report for its teaching with children falling below national standards in some subjects.
In all four report areas, including achievement of pupils and leadership and management, the school was given a “requires improvement” mark.
But now, a subsequent inspection to check on the school’s progress has found that “effective action” is being undertaken to improve standards.
Keith Penn, headteacher, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the inspector’s findings.
“His report and the more detailed feedback he gave to us on the day affirm what we believed to be the case; that we have taken the recommendations of our most recent inspection seriously and are working effectively to bring about rapid improvement, most especially in the way we monitor, share and develop the quality of teaching and learning – at the heart of what we do.”
The inspector said the school’s improvement plans were “clear, appropriate, ambitious and well-understood” and that leaders were now checking the quality of teaching on an on-going basis.
Mr Penn had criticised the September Ofsted report for making “sweeping and inaccurate” generalisations.