Rothwell school making rapid improvements

GV of Montsaye Academy in Rothwell NNL-140821-111649001
GV of Montsaye Academy in Rothwell NNL-140821-111649001

A Rothwell school which was rated as ‘inadequate’ has been praised by Ofsted for making rapid improvements.

Montsaye Academy in Greening Road was heavily criticised earlier this year by inspectors.

But a second monitoring inspection since February found big improvements have been made.

Principal Meena Gabbi said: “We are extremely pleased that Montsaye Academy is improving rapidly and are fully committed to ensuring that is continues to do so.”

Ofsted found new principal Mrs Gabbi responds quickly to weaknesses and has a clear vision for the school.

The Ofsted report said: “The principal has taken swift and effective action to build on the improvements evident at the last monitoring visit.

“She has a clear vision for the school’s development and has communicated high expectations of staff and pupils.

“She has taken decisive action to restructure the leadership team, which has provided further clarity of roles and a renewed drive and focus on the most pertinent aspects of necessary improvements.

“The principal responds quickly when weaknesses are identified.

“She is also highly strategic, demonstrating her determination for sustained and long-term improvements.

“Staff feel listened to and empowered to improve their practice.”

The report added that the quality of teaching has also improved.

It said: “Improving the quality of teaching has, rightly, remained the school’s key priority.

“Leaders have a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the quality of teaching throughout the school, and are providing relevant and appropriate support and challenge to ensure that teachers’ practice improves.

“For example, inspectors observed the leader for teaching, learning and assessment skilfully evaluating staff’s practice with clarity and formative precision.

“Training focuses on staff needs and is more bespoke to individuals than in the past.

“Staff value the training opportunities provided and recognise the positive impact that they have on their understanding and skills.”