Cowes Enterprise College. Picture by Robin Crossley.
EFFORTS to improve standards at Cowes Enterprise College have been recognised by Ofsted, which has said the Isle of Wight school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.
But the watchdog, which published its latest monitoring report today (Thursday) following an inspection last month, said teaching was still not strong enough to enable students to catch up on lost ground.
Inspectors said there had been a small improvement in the number of students achieving five or more A* to C GCSE grades, including English and Maths, but overall Year 11 performance was disappointing.
The report — the third since the school went into special measures — stated: "In large part this was because of the proportion of students making expected progress in mathematics did not increase and remained below the national average. Student’s achievement in English was more encouraging with there being a large increase in the proportion of students making expected progress in the subject, which was similar to the national average.
"Nevertheless, there remains too much variation in students’ achievement between different subjects and this reflects the variation in the quality of teaching observed during this inspection."
Inspectors found robust monitoring was in place however, which linked with effective training, was having a positive effect and the amount of good and outstanding teaching had increased. It has said the school can again appoint newly qualified teachers, subject to conditions.
Interim executive principal Christine Hardman said: "I am delighted that the hard work of staff and students is beginning to have a real impact.
"This has been achieved through focusing on the continued professional development of our teachers and by closely monitoring the quality of teaching and learning."
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