Charles Read Academy working hard to improve its Ofsted rating

Pupils at work in the new science labs at Charles Read Academy. EMN-150126-144419001

Pupils at work in the new science labs at Charles Read Academy. EMN-150126-144419001

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A principal says he is pleased Ofsted inspectors have recognised improvements in his school despite giving a requires improvement grade.

Robert Sloan said the report reflected the fact that Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen was on the right track since joining the David Ross Education Trust.

The trust stepped in to save the school in June 2013, taking over from the West Grantham Academies Trust which had announced plans to close it.

Mr Sloan said: “This is an incredibly important milestone for Charles Read Academy. The comments from the inspectors show that standards at the academy have improved significantly, and I am delighted that our parents recognise that their children are kept safe and are well looked after.”

Among the positive aspects noted by inspectors after their visit in February were the increasing number of pupils wanting to join the school in Year 7; the positive attitude and punctuality of the pupils; the range of extracurricular activities provided; and the improvement in GCSE results in 2014.

But the school was marked down for inconsistent teaching, poor achievement in maths, teachers’ expectations of pupils and a lack of clear feedback during lessons.

The school was given a number of areas in which to improve, including raising the expectations of teachers, setting work to match the abilities of all pupils, making the best use of teaching assistants, and making sure subject leaders monitored the quality of teaching in their subjects closely.

Mr Sloan said he was confident the school would achieve a good or better rating within 18 months. The school was rated good in April 2013.

He added: “This was to be expected based on the academy’s previous data, so essentially we achieved the best grade the inspectors could give us under the current framework. There are, however, a number of areas of significant improvement to be proud of, and we will be building on these over the coming months.”

Chief executive for the David Ross Education Trust Wendy Marshall said: “Charles Read Academy has come a long way since joining the trust. What is particularly pleasing is the clear difference our changes have made for the students.

“Academic results are getting better, students are making the most of enrichment opportunities and the academy now has some fantastic new facilities, including our new science and music rooms and the 3G sports pitch, which will open next month. Progress is improving and the future looks assured for Charles Read Academy.”

The full Ofsted report is available on the Charles Read Academy website, www.charlesreadacademy.co.uk