Stowmarket news

A secondary school due to expand as part of the county’s controversial switch to two tier education has been told to improve by watchdogs.

Stowupland High ‘requires improvement’ according to Ofsted, which found that ‘not enough students are making good progress’ following an inspection in January.

The school, earmarked to take on extra pupils as part of the closure of middle schools, was rated ‘satisfactory’ in 2011.

In a report, inspectors noted that ‘teaching has improved but the expectations of teachers are not consistently high enough to promote sustained, good progress in all subjects’.

They felt that ‘achievement is not yet good’ and ‘although it is now improving, progress in mathematics is still not as good as it is in English’.

On the schools strengths, they felt that the headteacher ‘has a clear view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses’.

Addressing how the school needs to do better, they pointed to improved teaching in maths so that the number of students making good progress compares favourably with national averages by July.

The school should also ‘raise achievement in other subjects by making sure all teaching is consistently good or better’.

Headteacher Karen Grimes said the report ‘confirms the school’s own evaluation’.

She said: “We have already made good progress in a number of areas and will continue working hard to build on the many successes highlighted including strong achievement in English, impressive standards of student behaviour and attendance and a high percentage of good and outstanding teaching.”

Mrs Grimes said they were ‘very encouraged’ by November GCSE results in Maths which show that many Year 11 students are making ‘good progress’. She added: “We will continue to support county council initiatives such as Raising the Bar and the School Organisation Review as these will enable us to maximise the learning, progress and achievement of all young people.”