Teaching improves at college

By Ross Findon

Monday, April 28, 2014


TEACHING has continued to improve at an Isle of Wight secondary school, placed in special measures last year.

In its latest monitoring report, Ofsted found Carisbrooke College was making good progress towards the removal of special measures and could now employ newly qualified teachers.

The report, published last week, is the third monitoring report since March last year, when the school was judged to be inadequate in all areas.

According to Ofsted students are now more likely to be taught well, although there remained a core of inadequate and less effective teaching.

Behaviour has continued to improve and inspectors found a pleasant and friendly atmosphere during break times, despite what they described as a vast site that was difficult to supervise.

"The past few months have been a challenging period for the school. There was a lot of staff illness and absence at the end of the last term; this meant that many classes were taught by supply teachers or temporary staff.

"Additionally, the school has been working through a series of staff redundancies. The headteacher has managed these challenging issues well and has enabled the school to continue moving forward, although they have affected the pace of improvement," the report stated.

There was praise for the level of support given by Hampshire County Council.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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