Bury St Edmunds school is making ‘progress’ after being told to improve by Ofsted
A Bury St Edmunds school which was judged to ‘require improvement’ by Ofsted in a controversial saga is making ‘progress’.
St Benedict’s Catholic School was subject to a no-notice inspection by the watchdogs last year and the subsequent report was withdrawn due to ‘quality concerns’.
Following another visit by Ofsted, the report was amended but the overall ‘requires improvement’ rating remained.
However, in a monitoring inspection last month, inspector Christopher Moodie found the school had ‘made progress in key areas’.
He praised its improvement plan and noted that the ‘support teachers receive is more precisely focused and is leading to improvements in the quality of teaching’.
Mr Moodie said the school had begun a series of information evenings for parents with one focusing on how the school has improved the teaching of citizenship.
In its initial report, Ofsted had cited weaknesses in preparing students for ‘life in modern Britain’. These references were later removed.
Meanwhile, attainment gaps between disadvantaged and other students are ‘narrowing’ but are still ‘too wide’ in Years 10 and 11.
St Benedict’s is the highest ranked school in Suffolk for A-level and the second highest in West Suffolk for GCSE.
Head Hugh O’Neill said: “The staff and governors are completely dedicated to making the improvements required by the Ofsted report.
“We’re also very proud of the achievements of our school.”