Improvements at Carisbrooke

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Improvements at Carisbrooke

Carisbrooke College.

TEACHING is improving and students are achieving more at Carisbrooke College after it was placed in special measures earlier this year, a report has found.

Ofsted inspectors, who visited the Isle of Wight school two weeks ago to carry out a monitoring inspection, found it had made reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.

However, a restriction preventing the school from appointing newly qualified teachers remains in force.

The report is due to be published online today (Thursday).

In a letter to headteacher Peter Shaw, inspector Christopher Russell said this year's GCSE results had improved, although they were still too low.

Mr Russell said: "Teaching is improving. At the time of the last inspection inspectors saw an unusually large amount of inadequate teaching, even for a school judged to require special measures.

"The best lessons are interesting and carefully planned, which keeps everyone engaged and interested. There are still, however, too many lessons in which the teaching is dull or not very effective.

"Students across the school are making better progress in lessons. However, many have a lot of catching up to do because they were not well taught when they were younger. They have significant gaps in their basic knowledge and many have weak literacy and numeracy skills."

Behaviour had improved and there had been a sharp decrease in the number of suspensions, he said.

Mr Russell praised Mr Shaw's leadership and enthusiasm, and said he was well supported by a restructured senior management team and by Hampshire County Council, Medina College and external education consultants.

"Crucially, senior leaders have a very good understanding of the effectiveness of each individual teacher and they know what needs to be done to improve their practice. Governors are increasingly providing challenge to the school’s leaders," he said.

The news was welcomed by ward councillor and Tory education lead, Cllr Chris Whitehouse.

He said: "Congratulations to Principal, Pete Shaw, and the Senior Leadership Team at Carisbrooke College. It is clear from the Ofsted monitoring report that real progress in the right direction is now being made."


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by Graeme Egerton

12th December 2013, at 13:21:43

Well done to all concerned. I understand that Mr Shaw is committed to improving the school, makes a nice change to hear that. Can I also say that I'm very impressed by the new uniforms, including clip on ties. It may sound daft, but small things like that (having a corporate image if you like) can make a massive difference.

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