Forecast for GCSE improvement at school

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


BETTER teaching at an Isle of Wight secondary school has led to a forecast improvement in GCSE results this summer, according to Ofsted.

The education watchdog carried out its latest monitoring inspection of Sandown Bay Academy last month, and has published its findings today (Tuesday).

The school has been subject to special measures since January 2013.

According to their latest report: "Achievement is improving steadily in all year groups. The academy’s forecasts of examination outcomes for Year 11 in 2014 are now based on better quality assessment information and they indicate an increase in the proportion of students achieving five or more good GCSEs, including English and mathematics, to near the national average.

"This is the result of better teaching and the wide range of interventions and special support opportunities in place to counter the impact of previously less effective teaching."

Ofsted found that disabled students and those with special educational needs had been able to make better and more consistent progress, thanks to a reorganisation.

There was also improvement in the sixth form, where teaching was stronger than in the rest of the academy.

Overall, Ofsted concluded there was more good teaching, although a small amount remained inadequate.

There was also praise for the leadership of Eric Jackson, who was drafted in following the sudden departure of former head Shaheen Khan-Jones.

Mr Jackson, who was described as showing quiet and firm determination to improve the school, said: "I am extremely proud of the exceptional progress at Sandown Bay and I wholeheartedly welcome and endorse Ofsted’s praise for the academy’s leadership staff and students."

Head of sixth form Gary Clarke said: "I am pleased the strength of the sixth form has been recognised once again. We had our best A Level Results ever last summer, with students going on to exciting and impressive destinations."

Read the report below:

Sandown Bay Academy Ofsted monitoring report. May 2014



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by Karen Newton

10th June 2014, at 10:52:36

If only Medina could say the same, or at least issue an apology to all able children for ignoring their teaching needs at the expense of those children hovering around the C/D/E grades. Every child should be pushed and supported to achieve whatever their are capable of, regardless of their ability, and Medina's focus on those who are in the best position to make the school look like it's achieving, whilst instead letting a lot of children down, smacks of the school playing a numbers game. No doubt other schools do the same - it's wrong.

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