Claydon: We will keep improving – head sets out vision after disappointing Ofsted report


A HEADTEACHER has today set out her vision to turn around the fortunes of her school and said improvements have already been made following a disappointing Ofsted report.

Claydon High School, in Church Lane, was graded as requiring improvement when inspectors visited the site at the end of last year.

Inspectors said the standards in GCSE physical education, drama and music are consistently below average, the quality of teaching is too variable and the school’s development plans are not sharp enough.

But a recent follow-up inspection has highlighted vast improvements since the time of the report and headteacher, Sarah Skinner, is confident the school’s rating will improve at their next inspection.

She said: “Everybody is working incredibly hard.

“We were bitterly disappointed but I have to say I have a team of staff and students who want to do well and they are working well together.

“I would like to think we will move up to good when they come back.”

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Year 11 students are continuing one to one tutoring sessions and students also came to the school during the Easter break for extra English and science tuition.

GCSE results which were revealed on Thursday have also shown the school has improved in maths.

Mrs Skinner added: “I think the students were disappointed with the outcomes and we have told them what we and they need to do to make things better.

“We constantly strive for improved teaching, Ofsted or not, that’s what we are about and that’s what we aim to do.

“I am really proud of them – they have really stepped up.”

New Ofsted guidelines mean the school will be visited again within the next 18 months.