Bury school ‘requires improvement’ after snap Ofsted inspection

St Benedict's Catholic School.head teacher Hugh O'Neill ENGANL00520130509155902
St Benedict's Catholic School.head teacher Hugh O'Neill ENGANL00520130509155902
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A Bury St Edmunds school has been found to ‘require improvement’ after a snap Ofsted inspection last month.

St Benedict’s Catholic School, which celebrated strong examination results this summer, was paid an unannounced visit by inspectors and graded as ‘requires improvement’ - despite being rated ‘good’ in June.

The school, in Beetons Way, has published the report on its website and is expected to issue a statement in response to the findings tomorrow.

Headteacher Hugh O’Neill told the Bury Free Press last month he was ‘suprised’ the upper school had been chosen for a two-day ‘no-notice’ inspection, part of a response to the alleged ‘Trojan Horse’ plot by hardline Muslims in schools in Birmingham.

The report found disabled students and those who had joined with poor academic records from other schools were not progressing as they should, and students’ performances fluctuated between years and subjects.

Although the report found Mr O’Neill to be a well respected head, other leadership roles were ‘not effective enough’ in the work of the school.

However the report acknowledged the overall achievement of students had ‘improved markedly’ in 2014, with sixth form students attaining particularly high standards.

Inspectors also noted the students’ good behaviour and conscientious attitude made a ‘very positive contribution’ to their learning.

The school celebrated its best GCSE results in the last three years in August with a 100 per cent pass rate and 71 per cent of students achieving five A*-C grades - an 18-point rise from 2013’s results.