Free school in Brandon is making ‘reasonable progress’ towards the removal of special measures

Alison Tilbrook, principal at IES Breckland in Brandon. ENGANL00120140402114655
Alison Tilbrook, principal at IES Breckland in Brandon. ENGANL00120140402114655

A free school in Brandon is making ‘reasonable progress’ towards the removal of special measures, watchdogs have ruled.

IES Breckland, in Crown Street, was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted after an inspection last January but a monitoring inspection by Ofsted in July has found improvements in the quality of teaching, students’ behaviour and achievement.

Inspector Christopher Moodie said this turn around is ‘largely due to the leadership of the principal (Alison Tilbrook) and her increasingly effective senior leadership team’.

He noted that the ‘positive relationship’ between the school and its provider International English Schools UK is a ‘contributory element to the recent improvement’.

Mrs Tilbrook said: “We are incredibly pleased and proud at IESB that the progress that we have made to date has been recognised in such a positive manner and Ofsted has made the only judgement possible that the school is making ‘reasonable progress to the removal of special measures’.”

Mr Moodie found that while students’ achievements are ‘improving in all year groups’, the school’s predictions indicate the numbers gaining five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths is ‘likely to be below the national average’.

However, students have ‘made progress in the last three terms’ as the amount of students on track to receive this last year was ‘exceptionally low’.

Meanwhile, across the school the ‘progress of disadvantaged students is ‘too variable’.

Mr Moodie added that the ‘pace of change across the school is quickening, as senior leaders have become much more confident in the quality of teaching’.