Kearsley Academy pupils are making better progress
KEARSLEY Academy is set to go from “strength to strength” after it was found that its young people are making better progress.
The academy suffered a blow over the summer when Ofsted inspectors told school bosses it needed to improve — only weeks after it moved into a new multi-million pound building.
All areas, apart from behaviour and safety of pupils, which were rated as “good”, were said to require improvement.
But on a recent visit inspectors noted “various strategies” have been put in place to improve teaching and standards were improving.
Inspector Janet Palmer stated: “Data from the early entry results indicate that students in the current year 11 are making better progress than those in previous cohorts.
“More rigorous systems are now established to monitor students’ progress.
“Students from years seven to 10 who are underachieving are now being identified and are given extra help. The sixth form is starting to show success with the first cohort of students gaining places at university.”
The inspector also noted that a number of teachers have registered for the good and outstanding teacher programmes and work is being done to raise students’ aspirations.
She added: “The governing body share a determination to improve outcomes for students, and are receiving advice and guidance from the academy sponsor.”
Headteacher Nigel Jepson said Kearsley Academy had made “huge strides” since is opened in September, 2010.
He added: “It was very pleasing that the monitoring visit report stated positively that ‘senior leaders, governors and the academy sponsor are taking effective actions to tackle any areas requiring improvement identified earlier in the year’.
“It is also very pleasing to note that since the monitoring visit took place during the summer term, recent very successful GCSE results published in 2013 confirm that students at Kearsley Academy are now succeeding in achieving significantly better than national average results.”
Dr Jepson said many year 10 pupils who sat exams early also achieved A* to A grades and that pupils’ learning was enriched by extra-curricular club He added: “All in all, I am most confident at the start of this new school year that Kearsley Academy is set to go from strength to further strength in future.”
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