Colne school making progress after bad Ofsted

Colne Primet Academy.
Colne Primet Academy.

A Pendle academy which was found to have serious weaknesses by Ofsted inspectors in November is beginning to show signs of improvement.

A monitoring inspection at Colne Primet Academy last month has found that a tighter focus on improving attendance and behaviour was beginning to have positive results in both aspects.

The academy’s action plans focus clearly on the relevant improvement issues, with identified milestones to indicate when progress is to be expected and evaluated

Ofsted inspector

In his report, inspector Peter Limm said headteacher Mrs Lynne Blomley and the academy’s governing body fully accepted the report of the November inspection and are beginning to address rigorously the key recommendations for improvement.

“The academy’s action plans focus clearly on the relevant improvement issues, with identified milestones to indicate when progress is to be expected and evaluated,” said Mr Limm.

“The academy works in a unique way with the local authority, whose school adviser and school improvement challenge board are beginning to evaluate robustly the academy’s progress.

“The school adviser also supports the academy well in terms of providing briefing and training sessions for all staff on key aspects of leadership, teaching and learning.

“The academy’s governing body shares responsibility for governance with the sponsor’s trust board. The former has specific responsibility for overseeing improvements in teaching, learning and standards, and it undertakes this work well.”

Mr Limm said a major focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning was beginning to have a positive impact on securing higher expectations about what all groups of students can achieve.

“However, there is still some way to go before these initiatives are consistently demonstrated in all lessons and in all year groups,” he said.