Improvements are on track at a leading Sheffield secondary – which was ordered to improve after inspectors issued a critical report on its performance earlier this year.
King Edward VII School in Broomhill – traditionally one of the city’s best performers – came under fire for sharply falling standards in English and maths over the last two years.
GCSE pass rates had also declined over a three-year period, with just 51 per cent of students passing five good GCSEs in 2012.
But in their first follow-up visit since, inspectors have found change is on the way.
Staff had produced a detailed action plan which concentrated especially on 2013’s Year 11 students, including the introduction of a well thought-out revision programme.
As a result the school was expecting much improved GCSE results today, partly thanks to individual tuition for those pupils who needed extra help.
“Since the inspection the school has tackled areas for improvement with enthusiasm and a clear vision from the head, the leadership team and the chair of governors,” their report says.
But inspectors felt some of the changes would not lead to rapid enough improvement and that students needed to be given tougher challenges.
And there was still a large gap between the majority of youngsters and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
While the disparity in results in English between the two groups had shrunk this year, it remained too high in maths.
Inspectors found there was now a greater focus on supporting those students who were lagging behind.
From September the school will have a new marking and feedback policy, after a review of past practices and consultations with staff.
Headteacher Bev Jackson had introduced measures to help staff whose teaching was rated as below par – and early signs were that they were having a positive impact.
New programmes were being developed for middle and lower ability students to raise their standards, with an emphasis on improving their literacy and numeracy.
n Log on to www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107140 to read the full report.