Carisbrooke College headteacher Peter Shaw. Picture by Laura Holme.
THE findings of the latest Ofsted monitoring report into an Isle of Wight secondary school have been welcomed by its headteacher.
In its fourth monitoring report since Carisbrooke College was judged as inadequate in March 2013, Ofsted said reasonable progress was being made towards the removal of special measures.
The report concluded students were making better progress than a year ago and the gap between students eligible for free school meals and others was narrowing. Disabled students were also achieving more than before.
Students told inspectors teaching had improved and they were enjoying lessons much more.
The report said the school had more outstanding teaching, but added that in many lessons, students — particularly higher ability students — were not fully challenged by the work.
Behaviour had improved and there was very little disruption from students during lessons, although some teachers needed to be more vigilant and correct students who drift from their work, Ofsted said.
The improvements mean newly qualified teachers may now be appointed.
Pupils told inspectors that headteacher Peter Shaw was the best thing about the college.
Inspectors said Mr Shaw, provided considerable drive and direction.
Mr Shaw said he was looking for further improvements in the autumn term monitoring report.
He said: "All of us here are in this together and our teamwork is now beginning to shine through. We are not there yet, but we are really encouraged that our efforts and commitment are beginning to pay off."