Ofsted report describes Corby school’s progress as inadequate

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A school in special measures has pledged to double its efforts to improve after inspectors said its recent progress was inadequate.

Lodge Park Technology College in Corby was placed in special measures after an inspection from Ofsted in September last year.

And a monitoring inspection carried out in February says progress since then has been inadequate.

It says teaching standards and lessons remain below-par, but did praise the work the school has done to improve attainment, improve safeguarding measures and clamp down on truants.

Since the previous inspection, an associate principal has joined for four days a week to work on improving standards.

Simon Sprague is from Humberston Academy, one of Lodge Park sponsor David Ross Foundation’s “outstanding” schools.

Principal Guy Shearer said: “If you compare the report from September and the report now you will see progress.

“We would have hoped there would have been more recognition of the work we have done since then, so we will be doubling our efforts.

“The safeguarding section is a tick in the box.

“What they are saying is until the quality of lessons goes up they can’t say the leadership has gone up, which is fair enough.

“Ofsted were very constructive in the way they handled themselves and they have given us a really clear set of targets to work on.”

Ofsted inspector Davinder Dosanjh said: “In the lessons observed during the inspection, there remains too much inadequate progress.

“The number of lessons which are good or better remains low.

“One third of lessons observed showed students were making inadequate progress.”

But he also highlighted some of the progress which has been made at the school.

He said: “Exam results from November’s maths GCSEs show students’ attainment is improving and is already exceeding results from summer 2011.

“The college meets all statutory requirements for safeguarding.

“Behaviour is improving and a clearer focus on attendance has resulted in overall attendance being an improvement on the same period last year.”