Ofsted inspectors give Stamford Queen Eleanor School ‘Requires Improvement’ rating

A secondary school has been given a mixed report by Ofsted inspectors.

Stamford Queen Eleanor School received the results of its March inspection on Friday.

The school was given a “Requires Improvement” rating overall, a mark which recently replaced “Satisfactory”.

Inspectors said achievement varied between subjects and had not yet reached a level where it was consistently good.

They found pupils taking exams in 2012 had not made good progress in maths or science from their starting point in Year 7.

Teaching was found to be improving strongly but inspectors said it still varied between subjects. Similarly, inspectors found that there was not enough challenge for higher ability pupils in some subjects and that teachers’ marking varied in quality.

However, the report also highlighted several strengths, some of which were related to the school’s conversion to an academy in November 2011.

Inspectors said pupils were making outstanding progress in English and there were early signs of “much improved” progress in maths as a result of better teaching.

Disabled pupils and those with special needs were found to be making good progress overall.

Inspectors found that the quality of checks made by academy leaders were rigorous and were helping improve the quality of teaching quickly.

They also said pupils’ behaviour and safety were good.

Finally, inspectors said the school was very well led, praising both headteacher Wendy Hamilton and the board of governors. The report said the improvements Mrs Hamilton had made since the academy conversion were “impressive”.

The school’s rating was broken down into four areas. The achievement of pupils and quality of teaching both rated in the new “Requires Improvement” category, while the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management of the school were found to be “Good”.

The new rating is described as a school that is not yet a good school but is not “Inadequate”.

Inspectors said for the school to improve and achieve a “Good” rating it would need to raise achievement and improve the quality of teaching, and improve the quality of feedback given to pupils.