Parents positive about academy improvements

By Emily Pearce

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Parents positive about academy improvements

Ryde Academy. Picture by Laura Holme.

RYDE Academy has continued to make reasonable progress since failing its Ofsted inspection, but further efforts are needed to improve teaching and manage bad behaviour, according to the education watchdog.

The school was found to have serious weaknesses, particularly around bullying, and branded inadequate following an inspection last April.

HM Inspector Chris Wood, who carried out a monitoring inspection at the school earlier this month — the third he school has had — said reasonable progress was being made towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation.

However, he said the quality of teaching was inconsistent, bad behaviour policies should be reviewed so students felt confident in reporting bullying and school bosses needed to focus on bringing about improvement more quickly.

Teachers should receive training so they felt confident in teaching literacy, particularly writing, making their lessons more interesting and demanding high standards of presentation from pupils, he said in a letter to interim principal Dr Rory Fox.

Dr Fox was appointed after principal Rob Hoddle resigned in November, citing personal reasons.

Mr Wood said: "Leadership has been strengthened since the previous monitoring inspection. You have taken decisive action to change the timetable and review the curriculum. The small group of parents I spoke to were very positive about the improvements you have made."

Bullying was less frequent and attendance and punctuality had improved overall, but was not good enough in Years 10 and 11, he said.

See the report below:

Ryde Academy Section 8 inspection report


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