Berwick Academy '˜requires improvement' - Ofsted

Ofsted inspectors have reported that Berwick Academy requires improvement.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 11:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 11:58 am
Berwick Academy
Berwick Academy

Concerns have been raised about the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching and personal development of pupils.

However, inspectors say that historic weaknesses are being addressed and improvements are beginning to bear fruit.

“This is a school that requires improvement,” reports lead inspector Dr Michael Wardle.

“Senior leaders have not made rapid improvements in the quality of teaching and learning.

“Middle leaders have only recently taken on responsibility for ensuring that teachers are accountable for the progress pupils make in their classes.

“As a result, outcomes are not high enough and the school continues to require improvement.

“Outcomes at GCSE have fallen since the previous inspection as a result of lower rates of progress in English and science.

“Attendance is below average and is not improving quickly enough.

“Leaders’ use of the pupil premium funding has not been effective enough to secure sufficient improvements for disadvantaged pupils. The gaps in attainment and progress between these pupils and others are too wide and have not narrowed quickly enough.

“Teaching, learning and assessment are inconsistent. Teachers do not always ensure that pupils are fully on task. Some low-level disruption is present during lessons, and this hampers learning on occasions.

“Some pupils do the minimum work, rather than really getting involved in lessons.

“The sixth form requires improvement because of the variation in outcomes for learners.

However, inspectors said the school had strengths.

“Self-evaluation is accurate and leaders are clear about what needs to be done, said Dr Wardle. “Leaders are acting decisively to address historic weaknesses and improvements are beginning to bear fruit.

“As a result of the increasing effectiveness of leadership and management of the sixth form, outcomes for learners are improving quickly.

“Teaching in some subjects is good, for example in mathematics, design technology, art and childcare. Improvements are evident in history and geography.

“The school’s work to ensure that pupils are safe is good. Pupils feel safe and know how to stay healthy.

“The alternative curriculum provided by the Eden Centre prepares pupils well for the next stage of education, training or employment.”

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