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Jump in grades great for school
9:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A JUMP of two grades has seen The Clere School move from special measures to good overall in the school’s latest Ofsted report.
The inspectors said that teaching had been transformed since their visit in 2011, which was a result of coherent and high-quality teacher training.
The school is now deemed “consistently good” across a wide range of subject areas.
Students’ achievement has improved considerably while overall attainment is above national average and rising throughout the school.
Teaching is reported as being good overall with some outstanding.
The improvements in teaching have led to higher levels of student engagement in lessons and faster progress in learning.
The head teacher Felicity Martin, who was appointed interim head teacher in April 2012 and permanent head teacher a year later in April 2013, was praised as being “inspirational” by inspectors.
“We have introduced high quality systems, for example in relation to assessment and marking, and of course we continue to work to improve these,” she said.
“A ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ school continually works to improve in every aspect, and so there will always be more to do, but we are now in a strong position to work on successes achieved, so that we can become better and better.”
The reasons inspectors said that the school missed becoming an outstanding school were: because not enough students make rapid progress in their learning, too few lessons were outstanding and, occasionally, did not provide sufficient challenge for pupils of different abilities, particularly the more able, with progress by higher-ability pupils in English and middle ability pupils in mathematics, slower than for other pupils overall.
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