Education watchdog Ofsted has given a school in special measures a huge vote of confidence with its latest inspection.
Inspector Lesley Farmer said ‘significant changes’ have been made at St Mary’s School and College.
She said teaching is improving, students and parents are supportive, and an ‘uplifting community spirit’ has been built at the school which is is ‘firmly on the road’ to getting out of special measures.
Consultant Principal Amanda Clugston said: “We are absolutely determined to get out of special measures.
“Whilst we have some way to go, we’re on the right track and I’m grateful to the staff, parents, pupils, governors and our Interim Management Board for all they are doing to support us.
“St Mary’s is definitely on the road to success. The aim of the school is not to let up until we reach that goal.”
Ms Farmer spent two days talking to teachers, staff, parents, governors, the Interim Management Board and Mrs Clugston who took the reins in September.
“Teaching is improving securely. As a result, students are making better gains in their learning,” said Ms Farmer’s report.
“Individual students’ academic and wider needs are now being recognised and more effectively addressed though teaching.”
Ms Farmer said that staff’s demeanour was more optimistic, as well as praising the students’ attitude to learning and the new board’s ‘willingness’ to listen to parents’ concerns.
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