Ofsted says Corby school needs to improve

The Kingswood School
The Kingswood School

The Kingswood School in Corby has been judged as requiring ‘special measures’ following an Ofsted inspection.

After being told by inspectors that improvements need to be made, including improving the quality of teaching and raising achievement in English and maths, the school has said it is already taking action to tackle these and is being supported by Northamptonshire County Council to implement a development plan to allow rapid improvement.

The Ofsted inspectors noted positive changes have already been made at the school, saying teaching is improving, students behave well in class and around the school and that the new building provides an exceptional environment for learning.

New headteacher Scott Hudson only joined the school in September 2012, and inspectors identified that ‘the new headteacher has moved swiftly to introduce a robust system to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in the school and to implement changes to address the key areas for improvement.’

But Ofsted also highlighted points which need addressing.

These include improving the quality of teaching, raising achievement in the key subjects of English and maths, developing effective strategies to improve attendance and reduce exclusions and improving the effectiveness of leadership, management and governance.

Mr Hudson said: “I am extremely pleased that the inspection team noted the positive changes already made by the school. 

“The report also gives us clear guidance on what needs to be done further, to ensure the continued improvement of Kingswood school.

“We recognise that there are areas in which we need to improve and we are already taking action to address these.

“This is an exciting time to be part of Kingswood school; the developments we are making to our curriculum and improvements to our teaching and learning will enable the quality of our provision and standards to improve further on our journey to becoming an outstanding school.

“With the continued support of the governing body and Northamptonshire County Council I have no doubt that we will deliver the improvements required.”

Governors are also working closely with the headteacher and the county council to update their knowledge and understanding of the school’s performance.

Chairman of governors, Peter Jones, said: “As a newly appointed chair of governors I welcome the positive aspects of the Ofsted report. 

“Work had already begun on addressing a number of issues prior to the inspection. 

“We look forward to working with the senior leadership team, parents, pupils and staff to ensure that Kingswood shows continued improvement.”

Staff at the school have welcomed the improvements already being made and are determined to rise to the challenge by ensuring Kingswood improves in the key areas for development.

Performing arts is a notable feature of the school and results in these subjects and indeed all vocational subjects are very high.

Students say they feel behaviour is good and the school is a safe place for learning.

Students feel the school deals with bullying effectively. The majority of parents and carers are supportive of the school students get on well together and with teachers and other adults in the school.

Parents and carers have been invited to attend a meeting at the school to discuss and respond to the Ofsted report and the action plan.