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26 MAY

School “requires improvement” again

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

St Edward's Church of England Academy, which is situated in Westwood Road, Leek, has been told by Government inspectors that it “requires improvement” for a second time. The school, which caters for ages nine to 13, currently has 716 pupils, and has the capacity to have 768. The current principal is Thomas Hutchinson.

St Edward’s Church of England Academy, which is situated in Westwood Road, Leek, has been told by Government inspectors that it “requires improvement” for a second time.

The school, which caters for ages nine to 13, currently has 716 pupils, and has the capacity to have 768. The current principal is Thomas Hutchinson.

Formerly known as St Edward’s Middle School and then St Edward’s Junior High, the school converted to ‘academy’ status in 2013.

In 2014, the academy was given a ‘Good’ report from Ofsted inspectors, but then in 2018 they gave it a “requires improvement” result and now, just over four years later St Edward’s has been given the same grading.

The latest inspection took place over February 15 and 16, and resulted in the following grading with the report produced by the inspector: Overall effectiveness – Requires improvement; The quality of education – Requires improvement; Behaviour and attitudes – Good; Personal development – Good; Leadership and management – Requires improvement; Previous inspection grade – Requires improvement.

Under the heading “What does the school need to do to improve?” the inspector said: “Leaders do not monitor all aspects of their work sufficiently well. This means that they do not have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses, and so they are unable to take effective action to address areas needing development. For example, leaders are not clear enough about incidents of poor behaviour or the progress of pupils with SEND. Leaders should make sure that they develop effective processes to enable them to monitor their work and identify appropriate next steps.

“Some subject leaders have not identified the important information that pupils need to know. This means that pupils are not able to build on key knowledge over time. Leaders should make sure that all curriculum planning identifies the key knowledge pupils need to learn in the right sequence so that pupils know more and remember more.

“Leaders have not made sure that the school’s curriculum is of sufficient breadth and depth in Years 7 and 8. Some subjects, such as creative arts, are not allocated sufficient time to deliver their curriculum. This means that pupils are not able to develop the knowledge and skills they need to progress to their next stage of education. Leaders should make sure that the school’s curriculum is of similar depth, breadth and ambition to the national curriculum in Years 7 and 8.”

However, under the heading “What is it like to attend this school?” the inspector highlighted: “Pupils are proud ambassadors of St Edward’s Church of England Academy. They strive to meet the school’s vision ‘10:10 to have life in all its fullness’ and say that teachers help them to be the best they can be. Pupils thrive in what they describe as the ‘family atmosphere’ of the school.

“They take advantage of the wide number of clubs run at lunchtime and after school. These include sports, Lego, board games, wildlife explorers and book clubs. Pupils take on leadership roles such as prefects, travel ambassadors, anti-bullying ambassadors and an LGBT+ group. They are pleased to contribute positively to the life of the school. Pupils know that leaders take bullying seriously and that adults support them when they need help. As a result, they feel safe at school.”

To read the full Ofsted report for St Edward’s Academy, go online to: https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50182452.

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