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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.


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  • "Leaders at all levels are now involved in reviewing the work of faculties and checking the quality of teaching on an on-going basis" - does it not beg the question "what were they doing before?" "Teachers are starting to use assessment data to plan activities to meet the needs of children" - again, what on earth was going on? This is fundamental to planning any lesson! "The Governing Body is starting to use the information it receives about student's progress, the quality of teaching and other areas of the school's work..." - well I never! This is shameful to be celebrated. All it does is show up what the school should have been doing and was not?

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