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Head says Welland Academy in Stamford is improving

A Stamford school has been assessed by the government as ‘one of the worst’ in the country despite Ofsted rating it ‘good.’

Stamford Welland Academy - the only state school in the town - failed to meet educational standards in 2017/18, according to the Department for Education.

Students at Stamford Welland Academy open their GCSE results.Photo: Lee Hellwing. (6918099)
Students at Stamford Welland Academy open their GCSE results.Photo: Lee Hellwing. (6918099)

The DfE last week revealed a list of 346 schools nationally that failed to meet standards last year, representing around one in ten of secondary school children nationally.

Schools fall below the Government’s performance threshold if pupils fail to make enough progress across eight subjects, with particular weight given to English and maths.

Vicky Lloyd, principal of Stamford Welland Academy, said: “We were aware that results were likely to dip due to the reputation of the former school, Stamford Queen Eleanor School, and the significant impact this had on the numbers of people choosing to join the school at this time.

“Since reopening as Stamford Welland Academy in September 2014 as part of a new trust, we are confident that significant improvements have been made across the school.

“This is reflected in our ‘good’ Ofsted report, in the significantly improved reputation and relationship with the local community, and more students joining the school as a result.

“While last year’s Progress 8 figures are lower than the high standards we expect, we are confident that the improvements already made are part of a robust plan to drive standards in all areas of the school and will result in significant improvements in the coming years.”

Stamford Welland Academy, sited on Green Lane, Stamford, teaches more than 400 boys and girls aged 11-18.

When Ofsted inspectors visited the school two years ago, they gave it a ‘good’ rating across the broad.

They praised its leadership for creating a culture of ambition and learning, with a relentless focus on improvement.

Ofsted also reported strong leadership in teaching and learning and pupils making above average progress. Leaders and teachers also tracked pupils’ progress rigorously.

The behaviour of the pupils was praised but some of the teaching was found to be inconsistent, Ofsted added.

Last year, the school also celebrated another year of ‘strong’ A-Level and GCSE examination results.

Cottesmore Academy was also named as one of the 364 schools not meeting government performance standards in 2017/18.

This week, headteacherMegan Lucas declined to comment on the government’s findings.

The rating follows the school receiving an across-the-board ‘requires improvement’ rating late last year, following a visit by Ofsted inspectors in September.

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