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Thomas Alleyne’s on road to improvement

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A UTTOXETER school has ‘not wasted any time in taking action to address the areas for improvement’ after Ofsted found it required improvement.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School, in Dove Bank, was given the shock Ofsted rating back in February but a follow-up inspection on May 6 found the school is heading in the right direction as it takes swift action to bring the school up to a higher standard.

During the latest visit the inspector found the school had put together an action plan and the indicators for attainment and progress presents a ‘positive picture for 2014’.

The ‘most noticeable’ improvement was the quality of marking and feedback to the pupils.

The report said: “Senior leader monitoring of books shows that marking occurs frequently and pupils receive detailed information on their strengths and what they need to do next.

“Pupils follow this advice and, as a result, are improving the quality of their work.”

Also noted in the report was the quality of teaching has been improved and there has been a renewed focus on the use of assessment information to identify where further support for pupils may be required.

However, the school was told to make sure, ‘as a matter of urgency’, assessments made by teachers in English are reliable by carrying out an ‘external attainment judgements’ but head teacher Julie Rudge, who had only been in the post for six days on the last inspection, said this has been addressed.

The school was also told to make amendments to its action plan.

Mrs Rudge said: “Much work has already taken place to address the issues from the inspection but the school recognises there is still work to be done.

“The report is evidence that the plans and actions in place will support us in returning to a judgement of good in our journey to be judged as an outstanding school.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff for the tremendous work they have done since the inspection to move the school forward.”

Chairman of Governors Alison Trenery added: “Alleyne’s governors are pleased to receive such a positive report which shows that our new head teacher and her staff are rapidly getting to grips with the work to be done, working closely with governors in the development and implementation of the action plan.”

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