Improvements needed say Ofsted

Caistor Yarborough Head Teacher Jeremy Newnham EMN-150203-180927001
Caistor Yarborough Head Teacher Jeremy Newnham EMN-150203-180927001

Caistor Yarborough Academy has been graded as ‘Requires Improvement’ by school watchdog Ofsted for the 
second time.

However, inspectors have praised the improvements made since the previous inspection, and headteacher Jeremy Newnham said he is “pleased” with the progress made during the last three years.

“But we are not complacent and we are clear what improvements we still need to make to become a good and outstanding school,” he added.

The report, published last week, praised Mr Newnham, saying: “The headteacher’s good leadership has ensured that teaching and achievement are improving.”

And that, supported by governors, he had “eradicated inadequate teaching.”

It went on to say: “...as a result, most students in current year groups are beginning to achieve well.”

However, inspectors said this was not yet a good school as students’ achievement in mathematics was not yet “good” and gaps in attainment of disadvantaged students, compared with other groups, are not closing quickly enough.”

In English, Ofsted found good teaching and most students “beginning to achieve well.”

“Science results continue to be consistently good, especially in the separate sciences,” said Mr Newnham. “And over 50 percent of our students take GCSEs in all three of these subjects.

“I am particularly pleased, however, with the improvements in English and maths - both departments received praise from the inspectors.”

Behaviour of students was another area the report highlighted for improvement.

“Teachers do not always use the academy’s behaviour policy effectively to ensure students remain focused on learning in lessons,” said the report.

And while most students feel safe and the academy’s arrangements for safeguarding meet national requirements, the report added: “a small number say they can feel intimidated in certain parts of the academy where age groups mix.”

“When the inspection team fed back to the governors, they praised the way that students have been supported to keep safe,” said chairman of governors Tony Maund.

“Students are clear about the different forms of bullying and that any form of bullying is totally unacceptable. They are confident to report any bullying and they are confident that it will be dealt with.’

Mr Newnham added: “I believe that CYA is a fabulous school. Students are confident to come and knock on my door to share any concerns, ask any question or tell me about their success. We always encourage you to visit - as we say “Every Day is an Open Day”.