Ofsted inspectors downgrade school
A ST STEPHEN secondary school's rating has slumped following an inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.
Inspectors said that the multimillion-pound Brannel School "requires improvement" in all four of the criteria in which it was assessed.
The report means it has been downgraded from 'good' in September 2010.
Andy Edmonds, head teacher, said the school was determined to achieve "its true potential of being outstanding as soon as possible".
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Inspectors said areas of improvement included: accelerating students' progress, especially those who were capable of high level of attainment/or were eligible for the pupil premium; increasing students' enthusiasm for learning; and improving leadership and management. Mr Edmonds became the new head in June taking over from predecessor Richard Schofield, who during his year-long stint conducted a major staff restructure.
Mr Edmonds was confident the report supported work already under way to improve the school and said it recognised the many strengths of the school that went far beyond the Ofsted criteria.
He said: "The inspection process has been a really useful way of recognising the achievements the school has made and checking that our plans for the future are sound and will see the school achieve its true potential of being 'outstanding' as soon as possible.
"There is no doubt that there is more to be done as we work together to bring about further improvements; the report indicated clearly that inspectors were confident that the leadership team of the school, along with the governing body, 'have the capacity to complete the task'." The strengths highlighted in the report acknowledged a marked improvement on this year's GCSE results.
It also stated teaching had improved but needed to improve further; students' behaviour was good; there was little bullying and was dealt with effectively; senior leaders and the governing body had correctly identified the school's weakness and put in an appropriate plan and recent improvements.
Mr Edmonds added: "We are now determined to continue the journey already begun.
"We have superb facilities, excellent staff and delightful students."