Newquay Tretherras Academy's Ofsted downgrade to good
A NEWQUAY secondary school has been downgraded from outstanding to good by education watchdog Ofsted.
However, Newquay Tretherras Academy said it was "delighted" with its latest inspection, despite the drop.
The report said areas for improvement included: continuing to increase the proportion of outstanding teaching; increasing attendance of vulnerable students; and tracking sixth form students who fall behind.
However, Tretherras said it had "bucked the trend" following two "radical tough overhauls" of the inspection framework last April and again this September, which had led to many schools in the country requiring improvement or rated as inadequate.
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It said the academy had been found to be good with several outstanding features, was again celebrating results "well above" national averages and despite a "tough new regime", inspectors were "very complimentary" about provision and achievement.
Sue Martin, head teacher, said: "I am so proud that Newquay Tretherras has, once again, been recognised for the excellent quality of education it provides.
"It was very tough, coming so soon in the academic year, and immediately after a challenging new framework was published, but our students were wonderful and our staff magnificent. I am grateful for the hundreds of parents who sang our praises and ensured the inspectors knew how highly they regarded us.
"There were no areas of improvement we weren't already working on and it's now onwards and upwards."
Tretherras's official report has yet to be published by Ofsted.
In an official post-inspection statement, academy leaders highlighted positive aspects of the report.
The academy said its extra-curricular activities were praised as "outstanding", with two thirds of students regularly attending after-school clubs and more than half representing the academy at sport last year.
The "spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision" at the academy was also described as "outstanding", while artwork was commended as enhancing the environment.
Sarah Karkeek, chairman of governors, said: "It's testament to the hard work of staff and students, supported by loyal parents, that we have achieved so well in a tough new regime."