School manages to shake off ‘inadequate’ rating

Staff and pupils at Colne Primet Academy are celebrating after receiving an improved Ofsted report.  Headteacher Lynne Blomley with pupils Natalie Parry and Sophie Spencer.
Staff and pupils at Colne Primet Academy are celebrating after receiving an improved Ofsted report. Headteacher Lynne Blomley with pupils Natalie Parry and Sophie Spencer.
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Colne Primet Academy still requires improvement according to Ofsted, but good leadership has helped it leap a grade from inadequate.

The effectiveness of leadership and management was rated as “good”, but the quality of teaching, learning and assessment still “requires improvement” along with personal development, behaviour, welfare and pupils’ outcomes.

We take everything that has been said in the latest report very seriously, and already have strong actions in place that respond to Ofsted’s recommendations for improvement

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Following an inspection in May, Ofsted’s report praised the headteacher and other members of the senior leadership team who “have transformed the culture and ethos of the school so that the school’s vision of achievement for all is now being realised.”

Pupils are safe and supported, their conduct orderly and respectful and the gap in achievement between disadvantaged pupils and others has narrowed substantially.

The report stated there is some good and outstanding teaching, governors hold staff rigorously to account, the curriculum has been enhanced, attainment of pupils has risen steadily and the focus on improving pupils’ numeracy and literacy skills is improving outcomes.

However, the school still requires improvement because the quality of teaching, while improving, is not consistently leading to all groups of pupils making good progress and not enough of the most-able pupils make the progress they should.

The report also concluded the pace of learning is sometimes too slow, a minority of pupils still do not attend the school regularly enough and some pupils’ behaviour is not good enough in some lessons.

Headteacher Lynne Blomley said: “We are pleased to see that Ofsted have recognised the improvements that have been made here at Colne Primet Academy, and are confident that we are moving in the right direction towards an overall ‘good’ grade.

“We received very pleasing feedback – including our ‘career-focused’ vision, the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our students, and our broad curriculum. Students, their learning, and their welfare, is at our very heart and our aim is to ensure they are as prepared as possible for their next step after school – be it college or an apprenticeship.

“We take everything that has been said in the latest report very seriously, and already have strong actions in place that respond to Ofsted’s recommendations for improvement. This includes a rigorous self-evaluation, with a focus on ‘pace and challenge’, a 1-8 grading system on ‘attitudes to learning’, and a learning mentor scheme.”