Caistor headteacher is ‘pleased’ with report

Casitor Yarborough Ofsted - Jeremy Newnham
Casitor Yarborough Ofsted - Jeremy Newnham

A failing school rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted a year ago has been reinspected and now has a better grading - but it still needs to improve.

Last February, Caistor Yarborough Academy was 
told it had serious weaknesses and warned it must make “significant” improvements.

Headteacher Jeremy Newnham disputed inspectors’ conclusions but vowed to 
draw up an action plan to improve.

Inspectors have now been back to the school and the latest report says it still ‘requires improvement’ but is no longer inadequate.

The school was criticised for having “one size fits all” activities in lessons, pupils’ lack of progress and poor marking - the report said: “Students cannot make better progress because they do not know how to.”

Attendance is also a problem with a higher than average proportion of pupils being persistently absent.

But the report said 
the headteacher had a clear view about what needs to improve.

It stated: “The headteacher has taken tough and decisive action to tackle inadequate teaching.”

And the report went on to say: “The vast majority of students are polite, courteous and eager to learn.”

Chairman of governors Tony Maund said: “I was delighted with the changes in perceptions of the community - staff, student and parental feedback to inspectors was very positive about the progress we have made.”