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Weymouth School Makes Strides in Ofsted Report

by Michael Ford last modified 28 Jun, 2017 03:55 PM

A Weymouth school, praised in a report of an Ofsted monitoring visit earlier this month, is promising further improvements.

Weymouth School Makes Strides in Ofsted Report

Sarah Patterson (front left, with banner) pictured with Mark Lacey (front right), staff and well-wishers at her commissioning service

St Andrew’s CE VA School in Preston had been rated as ‘requires improvement’ at its previous full Ofsted inspection in 2015.

The monitoring visit was a follow-up from that judgement, and concluded that “Senior leaders are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement … in order to become a good school”.

Sarah Patterson, who has been Head Teacher of St Andrew’s since April, said, "This is both a pleasing report and a challenging one.

"It is good news for our pupils, parents and staff that Ofsted judges we are taking the steps we need to be rated ‘good’ at our next inspection. At the same time, they have set out a number of areas where they would like us to take further action to accelerate our rate of improvement.

"In particular, Ofsted would like us to sustain the effective action we have taken to improve attendance, to ensure greater consistency in teaching, learning and assessment, and to further improve our early years. This is a challenge that we gladly accept. It really is a case of ‘much done, more to do’.

"I was especially pleased that Ofsted found: “There has been a huge gain in the momentum of improvement this academic year.” I would like to thank our parents, pupils, staff and governors for all they have done to make this possible."

St Andrew’s will join the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT) on Saturday coming, 1 July.

The Chief Executive of DSAT, Mark Lacey, said. "I am delighted for all who have worked so hard to help St Andrew’s start this journey of real improvement for all pupils.

"DSAT has already been involved with St Andrew’s with some months, and it has been wonderful to part of its journey. The school will benefit from resources and ideas shared around a network of schools, as well as contributing their expertise to others, not least that gained in responding in a sustained, positive, way, after what was a difficult judgement.

"I look forward to working with all involved, building on the foundations laid by the positive links St Andrew’s already has with the Diocesan Board of Education."

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