School on road to improvement

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A SECONDARY school has received a satisfactory grade but is showing signs that it is ‘beginning to improve’, according to a new Ofsted report.

Stowupland High School, in Stowupland, which teaches 670 pupils from the mid Suffolk area, was judged as satisfactory overall in February’s inspection report.

The Ofsted judgement demonstrates that the school is providing adequately for its pupils and that some features are of reasonable quality. But inspectors noted that improvements need to be made in teaching and learning, and that pupils need to be challenged more.

Stowupland High School received one outstanding grade, for pupil attendance, and students were acknowledged for their good behaviour.

Inspectors also recognised pupils’ understanding of a healthy lifestyle and their participation in sports activities, and graded the school above average in these areas.

Parents and carers who completed a questionnaire were mostly positive about the school, and the majority agreed that their children enjoyed attending. But some parents raised concerns about the teaching at the school and the progress that their children are making.

Inspectors praised the work of the headteacher and staff who are ‘working hard’ to make improvements at the school, and noted that ‘staffing turbulence has deflected from the school improvement process’, particularly after a dip in results last year.

Ofsted has told the school to make improvements in several areas, including improving standards in numeracy and literacy, improving consistency in marking written work and improving governance of the school – particularly since the workload for governors has been increased because there are many vacancies on the governing body.

The full report is available on the Ofsted website.