A UTTOXETER middle school has made ‘encouraging changes’ nearly a year after being told it required improvement by Ofsted chiefs.
Windsor Park Middle School’s latest monitoring report, for which assessor Peter Humphries’ visit was made in January, stated the school still requires improvement.
But Mr Humphries alluded to a host of steps school bosses are taking to address Windsor’s problems.
He said: “Staff morale is higher and one teacher spoke for many when she said ‘this is an entirely different school. We’re so much better at what we do’.
“Ambitious targets are now set for individual students because teachers have higher expectations of what students can achieve. Students say there is greater challenge in their work.
“A new marking policy is in place, and as a result most teachers are becoming better at letting students know precisely what to do to improve their work.
“Students said that teachers are now more helpful and that the marking helps them make their work even better. However, students said that this is not the case in all lessons.”
Mr Humphries said, to improve, the school must speed up the progress of pupils in receipt of the pupil premium grant, improve all pupils’ reading skills and ensure it evaluates and develops steps taken to ‘improve student achievement’.
Head teacher Phil Slack said: “There were key points raised in the March 2013 Ofsted inspection,
“Since then leadership, governance and staff alike have worked hard to make valuable, recognisable changes.
“In our recent visit it was highlighted that senior leaders and governors have swiftly focussed on the quality of teaching and assessment.
“Our inspection gave recognition to the procedures we have in place for measuring progress and attainment of students.”
Windsor has introduced an accelerated reading programme, which ‘gives independence and choice and rewards achievements with stickers and prizes.