Secondary school placed in Special Measures by inspectors
THE principal of a Cheadle secondary school, which has been placed in special measures following a scathing Ofsted report, has vowed to rapidly address all of the concerns raised by inspectors.
Officials who came into The Cheadle Academy at the end of March have deemed the school inadequate in four key areas: Effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes. With overall effectiveness also deemed to be inadequate.
In a summary of findings gleamed during their visit to the school, inspectors reported that leaders were slow to address low standards and that poor behaviour disrupts too many lessons. They went on to describe how pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils, underachieve considerably across a rang of subjects.
The report has come as a huge blow to staff who, over the course of the past two years, have helped the school climb from a low forties position to 21st in the Staffordshire League tables, also rising from eighth to third (out of nine) schools in the Moorlands and last September achieving the best results in the history of the school.
In contrast to the report Mum-of-two Rian Colman, whose 13-year-old daughter is currently in year eight at the Station Road Academy, has leapt to the defence of the teaching staff: “I think this report is completely unfair, my daughter is doing amazingly there.
“Anyone who has a job which involves working with children will know how difficult it is to address behavioural problems without the backing of parents.
“When my daughter started at the academy in year seven she had the reading age of eight years and 11 months. Less than two years on and her reading age has risen to 17 years and six months.
“The report is based on a very small window of time and it doesn’t reflect the school at all. I feel so sorry for Mr Jamieson as he works really hard and all of the staff always go above and beyond.
“Since starting at Cheadle Academy my daughter is like a different child. She has become so confident and the school has been brilliant across the board. All of our experiences have been positive and I think it is very unfair,” she said.
Responding to the report Principal Neil Jamieson commented: “Whilst the result of the inspection is not what we were hoping for, the team of inspectors have highlighted a number of areas for us to continue our improvements.
“We have already started to effect some rapid amendments with a change in behaviour policy.
“Our Staff are keen and eager to continue on our journey towards good and outstanding with many volunteering for additional projects to support our continued school improvement.”
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