Report says Corby school has improved, but there’s still work to do

Kingswood Secondary Academy
Kingswood Secondary Academy

Inspectors say a Corby school has made improvements but there is still work to do.

Following an inspection by Ofsted last month, Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby has been told it requires improvement.

It is the school’s first Ofsted report since being taken over by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) in September 2013.

Inspectors scrutinised records and documentation, observed lessons and met with pupils, staff and parents to get their views.

The inspection looks at the quality of leadership and management, the behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and the sixth form provision.

Inspectors concluded that leadership and management, behaviour and safety and the sixth form are good and that the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils requires improvement.

The report said GCSE results in 2014 were well below the national average and the proportions of students making expected and good progress in English and mathematics were below national averages.

It also said teaching is not always as good as it should be because work is not pitched at the right level and that the quality of teaching varies across subjects.

However, the inspectors praised school leaders for their resilience and determination and also recognised that “governance from the sponsor trust is contributing significantly to improvements at the academy through its high level of support and challenge for leaders”.

While there is still work to do, inspectors said students’ achievement in English and mathematics has improved since the school became an academy, students’ behaviour in lessons and around the academy is good and the sixth form has improved well this year.

Inspectors also noted that students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well through a suitable curriculum and extra-curricular activities and clubs.

Principal Scott Hudson said: “I was pleased that the report shows that whilst students join our academy with low attainment, a greater proportion are now making better than expected progress in English and mathematics because of the much improved teaching they receive.

“The inspectors highlighted areas for further improvement, many of which we had already identified.

“I am confident that we have the drive and capacity to continue to move forward and make further progress.

“I wish to thank the pupils and staff who have worked tremendously hard and the families who have supported us since the establishment of the Kingswood Secondary Academy.”

Sir Barry Day, OBE, chief executive of the trust, said: “I would like to recognise the work that the principal, Mr Hudson, and the senior leadership team, have done to drive the improvements since we took over the school in September 2013.

“I am pleased Ofsted recognise that our trust has provided the right level of support to help the academy to improve.

“We will continue to provide the necessary support to move Kingswood to good and then outstanding.”