Ofsted praise for Cowes' school head

By Emily Pearce

Friday, April 11, 2014


COWES Enterprise College students are set to achieve higher than national GCSE results this year, following improvements at the school.

Ofsted inspectors who visited the troubled school last month — the fourth monitoring inspection since the school was placed in special measures in November, 2012 — found reasonable progress was being made towards the removal of special measures.

As a result, the school is now allowed to appoint newly-qualified teachers.

In a letter to principal Rebecca Pearce, Ofsted inspector Catherine Anwar said teaching had improved across the school, although it remained inadequate in a small and reducing number of lessons.

Attainment had improved as a result and, although it was not improving quickly enough, students were predicted to outperform their national counterparts in this summer's GCSEs.

There had been significant improvement in attendance, which was now better than the national average, and behaviour. Staff absence rates had also reduced, although it remained too high, she said.

Praising Ms Pearce's 'robust approach, Ms Anwar said the new principal was 'rightly uncompromising in tackling weaknesses that remain.'

Since the last monitoring inspection, in November, five teachers have left and a new maths teacher has joined the school.

Ormiston Academies Trust is set to take over the school in September, when a new staffing structure is due to be implemented.

Earlier this month students staged a strike over the proposed changes, which include teaching and support staff redundancies.

The monitoring report has yet to be published on the Ofsted website.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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