Ofsted Praise Stapleford Schools Following Inspection
George Spencer Academy and Technology College was last inspected five years ago and was rated as “outstanding” – the highest possible ranking.
The school, which is in Arthur Mee Road, Stapleford, has now been inspected again and has kept its status.
Principal Fraser Mitchell completed a hat-trick of outstanding heads at the school, following in the footsteps of Tom Clark and Susan Jowett, who is now chief executive of the Spencer Academies Trust, which looks after nine schools including George Spencer.
Mr Mitchell said: “I’m thrilled that our fantastic students and tremendously dedicated staff have been recognised for their hard work and pride in George Spencer Academy. It’s always great when other people value what we do.”
The report highlighted that students attain results that are well above national averages in a wide range of GCSE subjects, including English, mathematics, humanities and science.
Mrs Jowett said: “As usual, everyone played their part and went that extra mile; outstanding is genuinely well deserved.
“We are never complacent and strive to be at the forefront of the best practice around the world.”
A second Stapleford school was also inspected by Ofsted but was found to have slipped from “good” to “requires improvement”. Inspectors found that at Albany Junior School not enough pupils were making consistently good progress in reading and writing by the end of Year 6.
Head teacher Craig Robertson, from the Pasture Road School, said: “We are disappointed with the overall result of the Ofsted inspection because it was almost entirely based on historical data.
“It does not reflect the position of the school as it is now.
“We are, however, really pleased that the inspectors have largely focused on the great progress that staff, children and governors have made since last September.”
PUPIL achievement, leadership and the quality of teaching at a Stapleford school needs to improve, according to inspectors.
Albany Junior School in Pasture Road was visited by Ofsted between April 30 and May 1. Inspectors have now released their report and have classified the school as requiring improvement in three out of four main areas.
The inspection team visited 12 lessons, some jointly with the headteacher, and found that the leadership and management requires improvement because:
Although senior leaders regularly monitor teaching, they do not encourage teachers and other staff to take responsibility for meeting their personal targets.
The quality of teaching needs improving because:
Not all teachers challenge the most able pupils sufficiently so that they make consistently good progress. This is because they have not all received the training they need in how this can be achieved.
The achievement of pupils requires improvement because:
Not enough pupils make better than expected progress by the end of Year 6 in reading and writing. This was sometimes because frequent changes in staffing meant they had more than one teacher during the school year.