High school requires improvement but leadership is good, says Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 15:18 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 23 April 2018

Principal Glenn Mellor and some students at Stoke High School - Ormiston Academy in Ipswich. Picture: STOKE HIGH SCHOOL/GARY WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Principal Glenn Mellor and some students at Stoke High School - Ormiston Academy in Ipswich. Picture: STOKE HIGH SCHOOL/GARY WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Gary Williams photography

Stoke High School - Ormiston Academy in Ipswich still requires improvement, Ofsted inspectors have said - but they have praised ‘good’ leadership and management.

Inspectors found that Year 11 pupils in 2016 and 2017, including disadvantaged pupils, did not make enough progress from their starting-points, and current Year 11 pupils were not making good progress in English.

They said pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities were “not being well supported to make the progress of which they are capable”. Also, the welfare support for some pupils was not effective in helping them to settle quickly and learn well.

Teaching, learning and assessment remained variable, and pupils were not being well enough encouraged to develop essential writing skills.

However, Ofsted praised the school’s progress, saying:” Leadership and management are good. The trust has strengthened leadership across the school. Middle leadership is now strong.”

The report noted: “Behaviour is good. Leaders have worked hard to establish a culture of positive behaviour.” It added that pupils “wear their school badges with pride.”

It also praised the “well-thought out” curriculum that engages students with their learning, and said students were “effusive” about the activities they access, Ofsted noted the high-quality careers curriculum as a strength of the academy

Glenn Mellor, Stoke High School Principal, said: “Ofsted has recognised the progress we have made and the hard work and dedication of our staff and students in this.

“We are committed to ensuring all of our students fulfil their potential and strive to enable them to be the very best that they can be. We will continue to drive improvement and build on this progress.”

Gwayne Webb, Regional Director East, Ormiston Academies Trust said: “Positive progress is being made at Stoke High and we are confident that the academy has the right team in place to continue to drive further improvement. We will continue to work closely with the academy to support Stoke High on its journey of improvement.”

Stoke High was previously rated as ‘requires improvement’ in 2016, with a monitoring inspection in May 2017 finding that “strong progress” was being made.

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