Inspectors praise improvement at village college

Head teacher at Witchford Village College, Chris Terry

Head teacher at Witchford Village College, Chris Terry - Credit: Archant

Changes introduced at Witchford Village College are resulting in improvements to pupils’ learning and behaviour, according to Ofsted.

Inspectors returned to the school last month for the first time since they called for significant improvements to be made back in February.

According to Ofsted’s Prue Rayner, college head teacher Chris Terry and his senior leadership team have ensured staff are now working more closely together to improve behaviour and the assessment of teaching.

She said: Students’ behavioural and learning needs are becoming better understood and managed. All the staff are working together more effectively to improve behaviour in lessons, to improve marking and to increase the extent to which the monitoring of teaching shows how well teachers use their specific subject knowledge to move students learning on.”

Ms Rayner said a particular focus had been placed on improving teaching in mathematics and foreign languages and added that students were on track to improve on the 2014 GCSE performance.

She said: “Information shared by the school and the students’ work seen, suggests that students are making progress that is at least in line with their peers nationally and so are on track to achieve outcomes in English and mathematics that show an improvement on those of 2014.”

Ms Rayner added that further action was needed to improve teaching and behaviour “so that all lessons match the quality of the best”.

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In February, Ofsted criticised pupil progress at the college, saying that it was “not good enough” in some subjects.

Inspectors found that achievement in mathematics and foreign languages was not as good as it should be and added that the standard of teaching across the school was not consistently good.

In a statement released at the time, the school acknowledged improvements were needed and said it was “determined” to drive up standards.