School welcomes latest Oftsed report

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Ofsted inspectors have said Stafford School must improve it’s standards but have praised a new leadership regime which has helped to turn the school around.

Less than a year ago the school was in trouble and was at risk of being placed in special measures for the second time in

three years.

Following the departure of the then headteacher and deputy headteacher a new “radical, and innovative partnership” was formed with Bishop Bell School.

Beruk Berhane took over as headteacher and Terry Boatwright, the headteacher of both Causeway and Bishop Bell Schools, become the executive headteacher.

The latest report has rated the school as “requiring improvement”.

The inspectors concluded “not enough teaching is good”, “Not enough attention is given to making sure that all pupils are learning at a good rate”. and “Too many pupils do not make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.”

But the Ofsted inspectors also recognised the improvement made by the leadership structure.

The report states: “In a short time the acting headteacher, supported by senior leaders, has brought stability to the school and halted a decline in performance.

Mr Berhane said, “We are very pleased that inspectors have recognised the rapid improvements that have been made here since the partnership started at the beginning of the year and I want to thank parents, and pupils, for their incredibly positive comments to the inspection team.

“I am also immensely grateful to Stafford staff for their phenomenally hard work which has enabled us to achieve so much in such a short time.”

“I have only been here for ten months and, though I am delighted that OFSTED have recognised the impressive progress made in that time.”

The Inspectors also judged pupil behaviour to be good.

The report states “Pupils routinely behave well and the vast majority enjoy lessons. Pupils say that since the change in school leadership behaviour has improved.