Education watchdog Ofsted has praised a school’s ‘determined, thoughtful and incisive leadership’ but warns it has to stay on top of things if it wants to improve its grading.
The Cottesloe School in Wing was told it still ‘requires improvement’ – the same grading given two years before – but noted the changes made thanks to the introduction of new headteacher Andy McBurnie.
The Aylesbury Road school was told that both pupil achievement and the quality of teaching needs improvement, but that pupils’ behaviour and the school’s leadership had seen marked progress.
Students’ pride in their school and their relationships with staff was also commended.
Mr McBurnie, who joined the school in January last year, said: “I think the report is very fair, and it is testament to the hard work and positivity of our staff and students.”
Inspectors said there are still inconsistencies in the teaching of certain subjects, and that achievement in Year 11 is not high enough – particularly in maths.
The report also highlighted that while the senior team are challenging all staff to improve their teaching, there is ‘no room for complacency’.
Mr McBurnie said: “I am very pleased that Ofsted has recognised the improvement the school has made, and we’re predicted another good set of results this year.”
Mr McBurnie took over the helm from previous head Nigel Fox, and produced a 9% increase in the number of A to C grades that summer.
He said: “Obviously we would have loved to receive a ‘good’ rating, and I do think it’s achievable because there is such a positive energy from both staff and students.
In a letter to parents, he said: “We firmly believe we are well on the road to achieving a grading of ‘good’ at our next Ofsted inspection in approximately two years time.”