School vows to drive up standards after inspectors call for improvement

Witchford Village College head teacher, Chris Terry

Witchford Village College head teacher, Chris Terry - Credit: Archant

Pupil progress at Witchford Village College is “not good enough” in some subjects and the school requires improvement, according to Government inspectors.

Ofsted ruled 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, the school acknowledged improvements were needed and said it was “determined” to drive up standards.

Ofsted inspector Caroline Pardy said: “The leadership of teaching has not been sufficiently robust to secure good progress in all subjects. As a result, students are failing to make good progress in some key subjects, especially mathematics.

“Leaders have previously had an overly positive view of the quality of teaching because, when evaluating teaching, they did not take enough account of the impact of teaching on students’ learning.

“Nevertheless, the leadership of teaching is becoming more effective and leaders now have a realistic view of teaching.”

Ms Pardy also called for improvement in pupil behaviour and the quality of teaching.

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A spokesman for the school said: “The inspection was both fair and thorough and confirmed the judgements that the senior team had made in their self-evaluation that there were areas of the college that require improvement.

“Inspectors, correctly, noted that we need to now focus on consistently ensuring all pupils make better than expected progress and gain consistently detailed marking and feedback.

“We are determined to invite Ofsted back soon to re-inspect us and we are determined and not complacent about the future.”

Some 50 per cent of pupils at the school’s achieved 5 A*-C grades at GCSE last year, including English and maths, less than the national average of 55 per cent.

Government league tables published figures showing of 37 per cent achieved 5A*-C grades but the school said this figure was based upon new rules for publishing exam data that took pupils first entry rather than their best in hand.

The spokesman added: “With re-sits that pupils undertook and remarks for our English papers our position in the league table should have been significantly higher.”