Watchdog happy with progress at Vale school



A headteacher has been praised for his determination to turn around a failing school.

Ofsted said the Cottesloe School ‘required improvement’ in November 2012 but on a recent visit inspector Joanna Beckford-Hall said she was pleased with the progress being made.

She told headteacher Andy McBurine: “You and your senior leaders continue to work tirelessly to reduce the stubborn pattern of low attainment and inconsistency in rates of progress of student groups.

“There are signs of improvement, such as the humanities results last year.

However, she adds: “Despite this, some students in Year 11, and in some courses in the sixth form, did not 
do as well as predicted in 2013.

“This further highlighted the need to secure much better teaching throughout the school and make sure that students have every opportunity to deepen their subject knowledge, skills and application as they move from Year 7 to 11 and in sixth-form courses.”

Mr McBurnie introduced a new performance-pay policy to reward good teaching.

Ms Beckford-Hall said meant ‘staff receive clear messages that unless there is demonstrable evidence of typically good teaching and improved student performance, they will not progress up the pay spine’.




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