Marshland High School heading in right direction, Ofsted monitoring inspection reveals


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A school which was told it “required improvement” following an Ofsted visit in June is making progress, an inspector has found.

Following an inspection on June 3-4, concerns were raised about the quality of teaching and the lack of progress made by pupils at Marshland High School.

Behaviour required improvement because students’ attitudes to learning were not good enough, the June report added.

But John Mitcheson, in a monitoring inspection on September 12, says steps are being taken to address these issues.

He said: “You have made a number of changes to raise achievement throughout the school.

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“During training at the start of term a new set of core values were agreed by staff to raise the aspirations of students and senior leaders’ expectations of staff were reaffirmed.

“The governing body remains committed to improving the school. They recognise that they need to provide senior leaders with greater challenge if the school is to become good by the time of its next inspection.”

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More effective monitoring has been introduced to ensure teaching standards are high, the inspector said. And moves are being made to improve students’ behaviour.

He said: “New rules are in place to ensure that all students wear the correct uniform, arrive to lessons with the right equipment and display positive attitudes towards their learning.

“All students now carry better quality personal diaries and revised policies are in place to improve students’ homework and the marking of their work.

“Personal targets have been set for all students based on their starting points, and the GCSE grades they should achieve by the end of Year 11.

“Lesson planning has been strengthened to make tutorials more meaningful and in particular to promote students’ literacy and numeracy skills.”

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