Strengths and weaknesses highlighted in Ofsted report for Kettering school

Kettering Science Academy

Kettering Science Academy

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A school has been praised for its leadership, early years provision and sixth form, but told it still needs to improve.

Kettering Science Academy was rated good in these three areas by Ofsted inspectors who visited the school in May.

However, they also said behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils all require improvement.

The inspector’s report said the overall rating for the school, which has 1,585 pupils aged between three and 19, was requires improvement.

Areas for improvement included that not enough pupils make good progress across the key stages and subjects, too few pupils gain five A* to C grades at GCSE, teaching over time has been inconsistent and pupils do not always complete a sufficient amount of good quality work.

However, the report also said the school’s strengths included leaders, governors and the academy trust’s leaders taking action to transform the school, children get a good start in the early years, the sixth form has improved and pupils’ progress at all key stages is improving.

In a joint statement, principal of the secondary phase Paul Davies and headteacher of the primary phase Jo Fallowell, said: “This report reflects the hard work and commitment of the staff within the academy to provide enriching learning experiences as well as the social and cultural development needed for all our pupils to achieve their full potential.

“We are proud of everything we have achieved thus far and would like to take this opportunity to thank our families for their continued support as we further improve.”

Chairman of governors Steve Barton said: “Our ambition two years ago was to have a school which provided all pupils the same opportunities for a high quality education.

“We believe that this report validates the work done so far and evidences the strength of our school leaders to deliver the next steps of our journey to becoming a good academy.

“I have no doubt that the future of the academy will see even greater achievements beyond good.”

The Brooke Weston Trust, which runs the academy was also commended.

The report said: “The Brooke Weston Trust provides very effective support to the academy and makes a very strong contribution to the academy’s ongoing improvements.”

Some other areas picked out for praise were the academy’s uncompromising approach to improving behaviour, the systems put in place to monitor student progress, the use of pupil premium funding and levels of pupil progress across all key stages.

There was also praise for the early years provision.

The report said: “In this stimulating environment, and with many exciting learning opportunities, all groups of children are thriving.

“The quality of teaching, students’ behaviour and academic achievement in the sixth form was commended as good.

“One-to-one mentoring and teacher guidance were also said by Ofsted to help students leave the sixth form set up well for the next stage of their lives.”

To read the report in full, go to http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/ and search for Kettering Science Academy.