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Filey Ebor Academy No Longer 'Inadequate'

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Published by Matthew Pells at 3:51pm 25th May 2018. (Updated at 3:54pm 25th May 2018)

Filey Ebor Academy has been removed from 'special measures' by education watchdog OFSTED after an inspection at the start of the month.

The school had been in special measures since 2015 when an inspection had found the school to be inadequate. The new inspection has determined that the school now falls into the 'requires improvement' category.

In a letter to parents the schools Chair of Governors, Mary Corner said..

"I am pleased to report that the most recent inspection report shows our school is no longer in Special Measures. It continues to require improvement, but it is heading in the right direction."

We are pleased the report recognised the hard work of our staff and acknowledges that our Headteacher, Mr Galbraith, has managed the changes well and knows what needs to be done to bring about further improvements."

The OFSTED report drew attention to the schools performance in the key areas of English and Maths saying..

"In 2017, pupils made more progress in English than their peers did nationally. Although broadly average, pupils’ progress in mathematics was much improved."

The inspectors also praised the headteacher who they said..

"conveys a strong sense of moral purpose. He strives to do the best for his pupils and the wider community."

However the report also outlined a number of areas where the school still needs to improve.

  • Although improving, pupils make weak progress in a wide range of subjects, including science and humanities.
  • Significant variability exists in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. A number of lessons are characterised by low expectations and limited challenge.
  • Pupils’ attendance is below average and declining. A large proportion of pupils are persistently absent from school, including disadvantaged pupils.
  • Leaders do not use additional funding to support disadvantaged pupils or those who enter the school with below-average attainment effectively.
  • A large proportion of pupils are not confident that aspects of bullying are dealt with effectively.
  • The trust has not provided support to the school in the areas where it needs it most. Other support is not as effective as it could be because it is focused on primary teaching rather than secondary.
  • Teachers do not consistently follow the school’s assessment or behaviour policies.
  • Some pupils do not display positive attitudes to their learning. The proportion of pupils excluded for a fixed period remains too high.
  • Leaders’ plans to improve aspects of the school’s work are not precise enough. It is not always clear what is to be done and who is to do it.
  • The reading ages of many pupils in Years 9 to 11 are below their chronological age.

The school's website contains the FULL OFSTED REPORT and a copy of the GOVERNORS LETTER.



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